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).
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic most of the events below were put on hold and/or cancelled. 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 other 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.
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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. Electric guitar amp, acoustic guitar amp & a piano available. 15 minutes or 3 songs per act (8 min 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.


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

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.

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.
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

Slap Face Coffee
37324 Fremont Blvd
Every other 4th Saturday
of the Month. Call first because their calendar not consistent.

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

Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison St., Berkeley. Varying Mondays - 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 1 song; groups get to play 2 songs. Stay entire night to get free ticket to show of your choice. All ages.

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

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

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 +


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.

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.

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.

Clayton Club Saloon
6096 Main Street, Clayton
8 pm to 11 pm. Hosted by Neil Hampton. Amplified acoustical guitar and a microphone provided. 21 and over only.

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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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.

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.

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)

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

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.

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


The Relic Tavern
726 First St, Benicia
Every Tuesday, 8pm
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.
The Britannia Arms 1087 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino.
Every Thursday evening from 7-9:30pm. Perform on a stage. All ages welcome, musicians, comedians, etc. Musicans usually allowed 3 songs - cover songs ok. 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

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Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.
Youth open mic held
every Third Sunday at 4 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.

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.

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 +.

Monkey House,
1638 University Ave, Berkeley. Song circle held the 1st Thursday of each month. Performers sit in a circle and perform original songs or covers. No PA system. Doors open at 7 pm. Event starts at 7:15 pm.  BYOB.  Sliding scale $10-20 donation. Email to reserve a seat - include time you want to go on with word 'earlier' or 'later'.

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

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.
  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.

Claudine Wine Experience
20490 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd., Saratoga
7 pm. Hosted by Roger Allen.

Hub’s Coffee
630 Blossom Hill Rd #50, San Jose Open Mic every Friday 7- 10 PM.
Signup at 6:45  - only 18 spots. Two songs – any style - acoustic.


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.

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.



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.


Fattoria e Mare
1095 Rollins Road
5 pm - 9 pm. Hosted by Eric Nelson. Acoustic performances through a sound system.
Recommend calling for more info and confirmaton of event.

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.


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Belle Cora
565 Green Street
San Francisco (North Beach). Every Thursday from 7 pm - 10 pm. Open Mic night for musicians hosted by Jose Simioni and Teague Kernan.




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!


Susie’s Bar
1365 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. Open Mic Every Wednesday 9 pm with Randy Foisy. 
Bazaar Cafe
5927 California St, San Francisco
Sign up by phone/in person a week in advance, 2 songs or 10 minutes.  Sign up on the night for an alternate slot (1 song).  All-original content only, all-acoustic. Open mic starts at 7 pm. Facebook Open Mic group.

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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.

The MoJo Lounge
3714 Peralta Blvd, Fremont
7 pm - 10 pm. Hosted by Dave Moreno on bass with a drummer and guitarist.

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.

Pioneer Saloon
Singer Songwriter Open Mic 
2925 Woodside Rd, Woodside
Sign ups at 8:30. Show from 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm.  Stage with PA but no monitors.  Hosted by Alan DeBenedetti.
21+ no cover.  

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

HopMonk Novato
224 Vintage Way
Doors open 6 pm, show at 6:30 pm.   Hosted by Dennis Haneda. Sign up Wednesday 12 - 2 pm by emailing Dennis Haneda. Solo artists and/or bands welcome. Stage with PA, lights, house drums kit & keys. Featured artist 8:30 pm - 9pm with more open mic after feature.

Performance Encore, The Bellevue Club, 525 Bellevue Ave, Oakland.
2nd & 4th Mondays of month in Mural lounge. Vocalists & Jazz lovers welcome. Vocalists encouraged to pre register online. 15 spots. Singers can sign up at the door but not guaranteed 2 songs with renowned Jazz Band led by pianist Benny Watson.
Registration $20 (includes a $10 drink voucher). Enjoy music free with beverage purchase.
Runs 7 pm - 10 pm


Winters Tavern
1522 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica
Sign up 7:30 pm. Runs 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm. Hosted by Chowder Heart. 650.355.6162


last updated: January 3, 2022
by joe rizzo
Cosmic Circuit Studio