Music Open Mic’s In the San Francisco Bay Area

Below is a listing of Open Mic’s for Musicians in the SF Bay Area for every day of the week. (This is not a listing for spoken word/poetry open mics). Please always call venue first and/or check venue’s web site to see if event is still continuing! Open mic’s move to different days, hosts change, some events not held every week, others simply wither away. We rely on musicians, hosts and other kind souls to report changes to help 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.

Madrone Art Bar
500 Divisadero St, San Francisco. Spike’s Mic & Sunday Sessions
Amateur singers, duets, bands, & instrumentalists – all music genres. 5 – 8 pm on stage through PA. Guitar amps & piano available. 15 min or 3 songs. Host: Carla Tutu.
Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison St., Berkeley. Open Mic. Varying Mondays. Stage with PA & piano. Spots based on lottery. Doors: 6:30 p.m/ Show: 7:30 pm. Solo performers get 1 song; groups 2. Stay entire night to get free ticket to show of your choice. All ages.
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corde Madera, Mill Valley
Various Tuesdays. 7 pm. Sign up via Email between 6 pm the night before & 3 pm on the actual Tuesday to get on the list. Stage with PA. Host: Austin DeLone. All ages.
Fireside Lounge
Singer Songwriter Open Mic
1453 Webster St, Alameda.
Sign up: 6:30 pm/ Show 7 pm – 11:30 pm. 3 songs per person, must include one original song. Stage with PA but no monitors.
No cover. Rotating weekly hosts. 21+
Bazaar Cafe
5927 California St, San Francisco
7 pm – 9:30 pm. Sign up by phone/in person a week in advance, 2 songs or 10 min.  All-original content only, no covers, all-acoustic. Facebook.

Cafe Zoe
1929 Menalto Ave, Menlo Park
Every 3rd Friday of the month. Sign-up: 5:30 pm/Show: 6 pm. 2 songs per performer. 12 slots available.
Host: Pete or Zoë
Tiki Tom’s
1535 Olympic Blvd
Walnut Creek.
Every Monday from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am. Perform through a PA system. Performers usually get 3 songs. Hosted by Grace Riemer. Facebook
Vinnies Bar & Grill
2045 Mt. Diablo St., Concord
Open Mic (Not a Blues Jam)
Sign-up: 8:30 pm. Show: 9 pm – 12:30 am
Hosted by Vince Lay & Joey Nunez. All Musicians Welcome. Acoustic acts also. Keyboard can be made available.
Irelands 32
3920 Geary Blvd. San Francisco.
Open Mic – Open Jam
Every week. New & established musicians, comedians, & spoken word performers welcome! 
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm.
Townhouse Cocktail Lounge
401a Georgia St, Vallejo.
Sign-up: 7:45 pm. Show: 8 pm – 11 pm. Acoustic music, folk, 60s, old timey, bluegrass, etc. 3 songs or 15 min. Primarily musicians, but comedy & poetry welcome. Gay club. Host: Rich Adams. 21 +.
Belrose Theatre
1415 5th Ave,
San Rafael.
8 – 10:30 pm. Singers,poets, comedians, dancers, bands..well behaved dogs, all welcome.
$5 cover.

Café International
508 Haight St., San Francisco.
7:30 sign-up, 8:00 pm event begins.
Primarily musicians with a few poets. Call to make sure it is still going on. 415.552.7390
California Jazz Conservatory
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.
Hotel Utah Open Mic
500 4th St, San Francisco. Sign up by 7:45 pm, show starts at 8 pm. 1 song (6 min or less). Feature artist 10 pm. Brendan Getzell hosts. House guitar, piano, 2 vocal mics & PA available. Free. 21 & older.

The Relic Tavern
726 First St, Benicia
Every Tuesday, 7 pm

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Neck of the Woods
406 Clement St. San Francisco. 7 pm open jam session. Open mic 8 pm. Featured artist 9:30 pm. 10 minutes each. Stage with house drums & guitar. Host: Guinevere Q.
Cameron’s Pub
1410 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay.
3 songs or 15 minutes. Perform through venue PA. Sign up at 6:15 pm. Open Mic starts at 7 pm. Ken Voorheis is the host and MC.
(Event currently on hold due to pandemic)
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists 1924 Cedar St Berkeley
2nd Friday of month. 7 – 9 pm.  Sit in the circle, share music, songs, poetry, excerpts from your new book, jokes & stories. Suggested donations $5 – $20. 510.841.4824
The Lucky Horseshoe
Bernal Heights Bluegrass Jam
453 Cortland, Bernal Heights
San Francisco
4 pm to 7 pm.
Mostly advanced players.
The Riptide
3639 Taraval @ 47th San Francisco. Sign up 8:30 pm, Show: 9 pm – 11:30 pm.
Alisha hosts. Piano available. 2 songs.

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Starry Plough
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
Lucky Horseshoe,
453 Cortland, Bernal Heights
San Francisco Jazz Jam every 3rd Wed of the month. Runs  8 pm – 11 pm. Hosted by Kyle Finley.
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.
Bradley School of Music
1042 Brown Ave. Lafayette. Held on the 3rd Friday of the month. 7 pm – 9 pm (excluding holidays). Check calendar because date sometimes varies.
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Stork Club
2330 Telegraph Ave. Oakland
Open Bluegrass Jam
8:30 pm – 2 am. Bluegrass pickers jam in an informal setting. All acoustic with guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, harmony vocals, & more. No cover.
Winters Tavern
1522 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica
Runs 7 pm – 10 pm. 650.355.6162

998 Valencia St. San Francisco, 94110
Woody Lauer’s BLUEGRASS JAM.
7 pm – 9 pm followed by a free show.
Email for more info.
Music Community Open Mic Monkey House,
1638 University Ave, Berkeley.
1st Thurs. each month.
Doors: 7:15 pm. Show: 7:30 – 9:30 pm.  BYOB.  No cover, donation encouraged. 10 min slots (2 songs). Has house keys, bass & plug-in acoustic guitar. No drums or loud amps. Email to request preferred slot.
Swig Bar
Blues Jam

with Ed Ivey
561 Geary St. @ Taylor, San Francisco
9 pm – 1 am. Session attracts many swing dancers. Weekly event since late 40s. All players & singers. House gear provided. Facebook Free. 21 & older
Macs’ at 19 Broadway
17 Broadway Blvd. Fairfax
Blues Jam with Mitch Woods 7 pm. Pro’s welcome.
21 & over.
Hotel Utah Bluegrass Jam
500 4th Street, San Francisco
7 pm – 10 pm

Smiley’s Schooner Saloon 
41 Wharf Road, Bolinas CA 94924
Every 4th Thursday
Sign-up in person/open ’til full
7pm – 9:30pm
Host: So~Sé
1337 Grant Ave, SF
San Francisco Invitational Jam – Open jam session for all blues & rock instruments. 9 pm – 1 pm. All musicians welcome. House gear includes PA, drums, guitar amps & bass amp. Bring your guitar! Hosted by Andrew Coutti & Young Blake 

Clayton Valley Bowl
5300 Clayton Valley Bowl, Concord
Show starts at 8 pm – 12 midnight. PA available. Host: Doug Caldwell. 21 and over.
925.689.4631 (ask for lounge)