Music Open Mic's In the San Francisco Bay Area

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Below is a listing of Open Mic's for Musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area for every day of the week. (This is not a listing for spoken word/poetry open mics). Many open mic's move to different days, hosts change, some are not held every week and others simply wither away. It is strongly recommended to always check the venue's web site and/or call first before attending to verify that they are still continuing. We try to keep this list up to date. Notice a mistake, have updated information or know of an open mic that is not listed or has shut down please contact us. Need to record a demo, CD or mp3's? Cosmic Circuit Studio provides professional digital recording & production services with an Apple Logic Pro certified engineer & provides direct on disc CD color printing - great for a professional demo.

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Madrone Art Bar
500 Divisadero St, San Francisco. Spike's Mic & Sunday Sessions
Amateur singers, duets, bands, & instrumentalists - all music genres. Sign up at 4:45 pm. Performances 6 pm - 9 pm on stage through a PA. An electric guitar amp, acoustic guitar amp & a piano available. 15 minutes or 3 songs per act (8 minutes to set up). No drum kits - hand drums ok. 4 person/6 instrument MAX (including vocal). Hosted by Tom Tierney.


Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corde Madera, Mill Valley
Various Mondays - check calendar. 8 pm. Email at 3 pm or later the day of the show to get on the list. PA provided. Hosted by Austin DeLone. All ages.


Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison St., Berkeley. Varying Tuesdays - check calendar. Perform on stage through PA. Piano available.
Performance spots are based on a lottery that is held shortly after doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs
Stay entire night to get free ticket to show of your choice. All ages.

Fireside Lounge
Singer Songwriter Open Mic
1453 Webster Street, Alameda.
Sign ups at 7:30. Show from 8 pm - 11:30 pm. 3 songs per person, must include one original song. Stage with PA but no monitors.
21+ no cover. Rotating weekly hosts.

Bazaar Café
5927 California St., San Francisco. 6:30 pm sign up day of show (can also sign up days in advance). Runs 7 - 9:30 pm. Original songs only, no covers (very strict about this due to ASCAP issues). Hosted by Josh Beemish.
Café International
508 Haight St., San Francisco.
7:30 sign-up, 8:00 pm event begins.
Primarily musicians with a few poets. 415.552.7390

First Street Cafe
Open Mic, 440 First St. Benicia,
1st & 3rd Saturday every month. Open Mic is located upstairs. Sign-up 6:30 pm. Show
7 pm - 10 pm.
3 song/15 minutes.
Hosted by Chris Bryant.

Swig Bar
Blues Jam
with Ed Ivey

561 Geary St. @ Taylor
San Francisco
Free. 21 and over. 9 pm - 1 am. Session attracts many swing dancers and has been a weekly event since the late 1940s. All players & singers welcome, house gear provided. Jammers can check in on facebook

Hotel Utah
Hotel Utah Open Mic
500 4th St (at Bryant). San Francisco. Sign up up 7 pm. Performance order drawn from hat. Music starts at 7:30 pm. Artists can perform 1 song not to exceed 6 minutes. Featured artist at 10 pm. Hosted by Brendan Getzell. Have house guitar, piano, 2 vocal mics, and PA. Free 21 & older.

Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
7:30 pm signup, 8 showtime. You can perform 2 songs. Featured acts picked from acts that go over well with the audience. No cover. Hosted by Joan Pez & Girl George

Missouri Lounge
2600 San Pablo Ave,
Hosted by Paul Pot
Sign up 7:30 pm.
21 and over.

Roxx on Main
627 Main Street,
Martinez. Every Thursday. Signups start at 6:30, show is from 7pm until 10pm, and everybody plays 3 songs or 15 minutes, whichever comes first. If the audience/host really likes you, sometimes you get to play an extra song. Email for more info or check Facebook.
Fremont Coffee
151 Washington Blvd., Fremont.
3rd Friday of month. Sign up and mic checks start at
6:30 pm. Show from 7 pm to 9 pm. No cover. More info, contact Kat at

Cafe St. Jorge
Bernal Flats Open Mic
3438 Mission St, San Francisco
Second Saturdays each month 6 pm to 8 pm. Featured performer 7 pm to 7:30 pm. Sign ups at 5:30 pm. Each performer gets 10 minutes or two to three songs/originals or covers. Hosted by Ken Newman.

Dogpatch Saloon
2496 3rd St
San Francisco,
A jazz jam 4:30 - 8:30 pm, with the Vince Latteano Trio. Seasoned jazz musicians and singers often sit in with band. $5 cover.

Red Rock Coffee House
201 Castro St., Mountain View.
Sign up at 6:30 pm.
Runs from 7- 10 pm with a featured artist at 9:30 pm. Hosted by Jake Wichman, Scott King on sound. Free, all ages.

Bissap Baobab Cafe
Holistic Underground OpenMic & Showcase
3372 19th St.
San Francisco. Held on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month. 8:30 pm - 12 am. Sign-ups start at 7:30 pm.
Mix of music, poetry, comedy, etc.

The Plough & the Stars,
116 Clement Ave. @ 2nd., San Francisco. Every 1st Wednesday of the month. 8 pm - 11 pm. Bluegrass and country music jam. Acoustic instruments, no cover. Hosted by Jeanie & Chuck.

Cameron's Pub
1410 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay.
3 songs or 15 minutes. Plugged in (venue provides the PA & sound engineer). Sign up around 7 pm. Starts at 8 pm & goes until the last performer has finished. Food available.

Shirlene's Iron Horse
18974 Meekland Ave, Hayward.
Hosted by Joe Lococo.

drumming on the guitar

California Jazz Conservatory
(formerly the JazzSchool) 2087 Addison, Berkeley. Vocal jazz open mic on Sundays once a month from 7-10 pm with a $10 cover. Piano, bass & drums house band.

19 Broadway
17 Broadway Blvd. Fairfax
8 pm. Performers from all genre's are welcome. Hosted by Derek Smith. (Call or check online calendar first because this is not every week). Free. 21 & over.

No Name Bar
757 Bridgeway, Sausalito
Sign up 8 pm.
8:30 - close. House PA. Hosted by Justin, Rob & Pacifico.

Clayton Valley Bowl
5300 Clayton Valley Bowl, Concord
Show starts at 8 pm. 21 and over. PA available. Hosted by Doug Caldwell.
925.689.4631 (ask for lounge)

Utopia Cafe
139 Waverly Place, San Francisco.
Located in Chinatown district b/t Washington St & Clay St.  Held in basement party room. Normally held on 3rd Thursday of the month. Hosted by Kathy Holly.
7 pm - 10 pm.

Spanky's Bar
20812 Baker Rd, Castro Valley
Every Friday from 8 pm to 12:30am. All acts welcome. Full PA, and drum set. Bring your own cymbals and hardware.  21 +
Slap Face Coffee
37324 Fremont Blvd
Every other 4th Saturday
of the Month. Call first because their calendar not consistent.
709 Ferry Street, Martinez. 7:30 pm - 12 midnight. All types of music. PA system and drums provided.
Hosted by Steve Starr.
21 years of age and older.

Caffe Frascati
315 South First Street, San Jose. Sign up by 7:30 pm. PA system and acoustic piano provided. They serve coffee, beer and wine.
Hosted by Andoni Bundros.
Neck of the Woods
406 Clement St. (x 5th Ave) San Francisco. 7 pm open jam session. Open mic at 8 pm. Featured artist at 9:30 pm. Everyone gets 10 minutes. House drum kit, house guitar & stage. Hosted by Guinevere Q. Facebook info.
East Bay Coffee
2529 San Pablo Ave,
Signups at 6:30 pm for 7 pm show. 1st three slots left open for kids. Over at 9 PM.

Bradley School of Music
1042 Brown Ave. Lafayette.
Every Friday 7 pm - 9 pm (excluding holidays).

stand up bass 

The Lucky Horseshoe
Bernal Heights Bluegrass Jam
453 Cortland, Bernal Heights
San Francisco
4 pm to 7 pm.

The Riptide
3639 Taraval @ 47th San Francisco.
Alisha hosts. Piano available.
Sign up 8:30 pm, show runs 9 pm - 11:30 pm. Free.

Twin Oaks Roadhouse,
Open Mic Night with Rojo,
Twin Oaks Roadhouse
5475 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove
Doors open 7 pm, Show at 7:30 pm. Free.

Townhouse Cocktail Lounge
401a Georgia St. @ Marin, Vallejo.
Sign-up 7:45 pm. Show from 8 pm - 11 pm. Acoustic music, folk, 60s, old timey, bluegrass, etc. 3 songs or 15 min. At end of list, start again from the top. Primarily musicians, but comedy & poetry welcome. Gay club. Rich Adams hosts. 21 +.

Ivy Room,
860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany
4th Thursday of the month. (Not held every month - check online calendar). Sign up 7:30 pm. Show runs 8 pm - 12 midnight. Hosted by Burke T.
No cover. 21 and over. Facebook.
Email for early sign up.

Calistoga Art Center
1435 North Oak St, Calistoga
Only held on various weeks. Please check their calendar or email the host Eric Bolton. 7 pm to 9 pm. Each performer 5 - 10 minute set.

Stork Club
2330 Telegraph Ave. Oakland
Open Bluegrass Jam
8:30 pm to 2 am
Bluegrass pickers jam in an informal setting. All acoustic with guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, harmony vocals, and more. No cover.
The Relic Tavern
726 First St, Benicia
Every Tuesday, 8pm
The Tavern
451 Vine Hill Way, Martinez
1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Sign up at 6:45 pm. Show 7 - 9 pm. Hosted by CB. 3 songs or 15 minutes whichever comes first.
Clayton Club Saloon
6096 Main Street, Clayton
8 pm to 11 pm. Hosted by Neil Hampton. Amplified acoustical guitar and a microphone provided.

Back Yard Coffee Co
965 Brewster Ave, Redwood City
Singer Songwriter Night 
First Friday of the month 
Sign ups 7 pm.
15 minutes or 3 songs
Show from 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm.
Email for more information.


Sheba Piano Lounge
1419 Fillmore St,
San Francisco.
Join the Steve Nelson Trio jam session.  Whether you're an amateur or a professional musician, you're welcome to join the band starting at 8 pm.

Creek Monkey
611 Escobar St. Martinez.
Every Tuesday at 7pm upstairs. More info email Brayden Patterson

Bissap Baobab Cafe
Holistic Underground OpenMic & Showcase
3372 19th St.
San Francisco.
8:30 pm - 12 am. Sign-ups start at 7:30 pm.
Mix of music, poetry, comedy, etc. Not every week, check web or call.

Belrose Theatre
5th & E street,
San Rafael.
8 - 10:30 pm. Singers,poets, comedians, dancers, bands..well behaved dogs, all welcome.
$5 cover.


The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St, Suite 170, Oakland
Various Mondays - check online calendar. Majority of music acts with some poetry & comedy. Sign ups 6:15-6:30 pm. Show starts at 7 pm. 1 song or 5 minutes. Hosted by LEX. More info on Facebook.

Ivy Room,
860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany
Session Tuesday Funk Jam: 9 pm to 1 am. Bring your instrument to play with the band. A backline is provided which includes microphones, PA, 4 piece drum kit, guitar amp, & bass amp. To join the session, talk to bassist Mike or another member of the house band. Facebook info. Free, 21 and older.

rope charmer

The Britannia Arms 1087 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino.
Every Thursday evening from 7-9:30pm. Open to all ages, musicians, comedians, etc. Hosted by Garrett Dewan.

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU) 1924 Cedar St (@ Bonita), Berkeley
2nd Friday of the month. 7 pm - 9 pm.  Join BFUU's jam session format. Sit in the circle, share music, songs, poetry, excerpts from your new book, jokes & stories. Suggested donations of $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds! 510.841.4824

1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco
North Beach Blues Jam
An open jam session for all blues & rock instruments. All musicians welcome
House gear includes PA system, drums, guitar amps and bass amp. Just
bring your axe!


Cafe Zoe
1929 Menalto Ave, Menlo Park
3rd Fridays.

sitar player

Poor House Bistro
91 South Autumn St.,
San Jose
Every Monday, 6 pm - 9 pm.

Lucky Horseshoe
453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco. R&B Jam Session hosted by Ed Ivey
Every week 8 pm - close. House piano, amps and drum kit. All levels encouraged
free entrance ~ 21 and over.

Vinnies Bar and Grill
2045 Mt. Diablo St., Concord
Open Mic/Jam Night
Every Monday.
9 pm - 1 am
Hosted by Chris Williams.
Full House Band Trio, so bring instrument and plug in. All Musicians Welcome. Acoustic acts also. Keyboard can be made available.

Susie’s Bar
1365 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. Open Mic Every Wednesday 9 pm with Randy Foisy. 



last updated: March 9, 2018
by joe rizzo
Cosmic Circuit Studio