Musicians, writers, and comedians: Get your start at one of Denver's open-mic nights.

No one gets their start playing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. To get started as a musician, writer, or comedian, you need to put yourself out there. Fortunately, the open-mic scene in Denver is thriving, and there's enough new talent that these events are enjoyable for audiences as well. So whether you're looking to laugh out loud over drinks or share that song for the first time, one of these open-mic nights is likely to fit the bill. 


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Mercury Cafe

Every Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the Jungle room, enjoy this open-mic night open to musicians and comedians. The event is free, and you can sign up when you arrive. 

Syntax Physic Opera

Every Tuesday at 8 p.m., see some of Denver's best local musicians at this free songwriter's event. Sign-up starts at 7:50 p.m. 

The Corner Beet

On Thursdays at 6 p.m., grab a latte or snack from the organic menu while you take in some live talent. 

The Squire Lounge

Sign-ups start at 9:15 p.m. for this open-mic night, which happens every Sunday and is hosted by different local musicians each week. 

The Meadowlark

Play on the same stage where the Lumineers got their start at this weekly open-mic, which happens on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Sign-up starts at 8:30 p.m. and the event is free. 


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Lion's Lair

This classic open-mic comedy night starts at 10 p.m. every Monday and the list caps at 11 p.m. 

Comedy Works New Talent Night

On Tuesdays at 8 p.m., see amateurs and touring professionals alike. You'll need to sign up in advance to perform at this popular event, and it can take six to eight weeks to get a spot. 

Syntax Physic Opera

Every Wednesday at 8 p.m., join a maximum of 20 comics as they perform at this gorgeous venue. Sign-up starts at 7:30 p.m. 

Voodoo Comedy Playhouse

Voodoo Comedy Playhouse hosts an open-mic standup comedy night known as "The Laboratory" every Wednesday at 10 p.m. There's also an improv jam each Friday. 

Irish Rover Pub

Signup starts at 8 p.m. for this weekly Monday night open-mic. There are also drink specials and a $20 tab for the best set. 


Mercury Cafe

In addition to their Wednesday open-mic, Mercury Cafe hosts a free open-mic poetry night on Fridays at 10 p.m. and a $5 poetry slam on Sunday nights at 8 p.m.

Blush & Blu

Tuesday nights are "Underground Poetry" nights at this queer bar. Signup starts at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. 


While BookBar doesn't regularly host a weekly open-mic, they do offer a number of regular poetry events and have periodic slam nights as well as open-mic nights. 

Cafe Cultura

This spoken word organization offers an open-mic night on the second Friday of every month. The event is open not only to poets but also musicians, dancers, and visual artists. 

Go ahead -- get out there and show what you can do. It might seem nerve-wracking, but most of these open-mic nights provide low-key, non-judgmental environments for musicians, poets, and comedians to practice their material. 

What's your favorite open-mic night in Denver? Let us know in the comments.

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