San Diego County Open Mic Venues

open mic san diego
There are several ways to get your songs heard. One is to go to an open mic, where you can have the opportunity to play to an audience that doesn’t have a vested interest in you. Open Mics are a great networking opportunity for songwriters, performers and musicians of all experiences and skill levels. As a songwriters you can road-test new material as it is being written (even works in progress if you are daring) and get great feedback from your peers. Also as other singer/songwriters are present you can easily find a songwriting partner.

You should contact the venue to confirm that the dates and time are still correct. Here is a list of available Open Mics in the San Diego Area.

Open Mic Venues

Places for songwriters to test out new songs

If your venue host a regular open mic and you would like to list the event. Please complete the form below so we can add it to the open mic list.

Contact Person (required)

Venue (required)

Website Link (required)

Address, City, State, Zip

Venue Email (required)


Day of Week


Frequency - Daily, Weekly, Monthly etc.

Additional Details

41 comments for “San Diego County Open Mic Venues

  1. May 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I am an upcoming singer/songwriter and I was wondering if there was any way that i can subscribe to this website. In order to recieve updates, and new information about the venues. Thank You So much for your time.

  2. September 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Valley Music has a singer/songwriter open mic night now on weds. at 7 till 9. September 5 and 12th.

  3. timothy
    September 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Could I receive an update on open mic’s in San Diego
    Thank You

  4. October 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Rhapsody Open Mic showcases premier local talent every 1st and 3rd Friday. If you would like to get on the list call us 619 395 5019.

  5. June 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    could you up date and put Rebecca’s coffee house also has a open mic’s on Tuesdays at 6:30pm
    and poetry on the 3rd Tuesday
    hosted by Charlie California..
    thank you

  6. July 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    We found out that The Tipsy Crow and the Skybox are NOT hosting open mic nights any longer. Also, Swami’s in Encinitas (the one that’s further inland) IS having open mic night on Wednesday nights. Thanks!

  7. Mason
    August 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    The Metaphor Cafe no longer exists. It has been re-named and open mic is no longer a feature at that location.

  8. Geoff
    October 23, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Open Mic at Winston’s OB is a quality experience. Jeferson Jay hosts this every week on Thursdays 6-9. show up early, the list fills quickly.

  9. pierre joseph
    November 20, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Would like to be updated of new event

  10. Tim Daniels
    January 6, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Please keep me updated on closures and new open mics if possible. THX.

  11. James M. Sample
    January 25, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Cool website, thanks.

  12. February 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Please keep me updated on open mic nites..Thx.

  13. February 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Need an open mic night located in the east county for Thursday night, any one know of any? Thanks and rock on all you acoustic guitar folkies.

  14. Billy howe
    February 19, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Pleez keep me updated on anything that comes up new or cancellations. Tanx a bunch.

  15. April 28, 2014 at 11:31 am

    We host open mic every Monday night with Jay Cain at 9pm-1am
    No cover, great crowd, great specials, good stage time, drums available.

  16. May 20, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Open Mic Monday nights at Mr. Peabody’s hosted by Jay Cain
    Sign ups start at 8pm
    Well Cocktail Specials!

    May 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

    WINSTONS on Bacon st in Ocean Beach still hold open mic at 6:00-9:00pm every Wenesday.

  18. July 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Monday Nights frrom 7-10 PM – Doug Allen hosts the best Open Mic in San Diego, at the Cardiff Beach House at Tower 13, Highway 101… The atmosphere is electric when everyone jams together!

  19. Dennis Andersen
    July 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    JAVA JOE’S, 3536 Adams Avenue, has Open Mic every Sunday at 6:30 hosted by the infamous Isaac Cheong.

  20. freeda jackson
    September 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    need more info on all open mics in boring san diego ca

  21. January 20, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    1452 South Misssion rd fallbrook 92058 best place I have been.

  22. January 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    This place is hosted by Celebrity guest Mr Alton Williams from the real world las vegas. Ali Baba Hookah Bar very humble and great people with listeneners ears.

  23. January 20, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Every Friday and Sat 7-12

  24. March 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I too would like to be notified of updates regarding open mic nights in SD, especially for singer songwriters.
    Does anyone know what style music each venue prefers or what age group typically shows up?
    Has anyone gone to an open mic night one each day of the week yet and compared them?

  25. dan
    June 10, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    The VFW Sunday open mic in San Marcos is no longer taking place, just called them to confirm

  26. September 28, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Open mic at “The Sandbox”
    in pacific beach, 92109
    1014 Grand ave (On the comer of Cass and Grand)

    TUESDAY from 8-11:30

  27. Lorinda
    December 22, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Please update the open Mic list. Many of the venues may have closed or not hosting anymore. Metaphor Cafe in Escondido has changed hands 3 times in past 10 years, and has no open mic there. VFW in San Marcos also has no more open mic on Sunday 2-6. Swami’s in Encinitas started up again, Tuesdays 7-9, Kettle Coffee & Tea on Grand in Escondido (Across from O’Sullivan’s) has “originals only” open mic on Thursdays 6-8, and Tuscany in La Costa has a pro-jam on Thursdays, not sure of time.

  28. Adam
    January 19, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I don’t know if this list is very reliable. Nunzi’s said they haven’t had open mic in 4 or 5 years. Is there a more current list?

  29. Adam
    January 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Egyptian tea room long gone as well

  30. February 3, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    how do you add a venueto the list

  31. February 5, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Use the website contact form to submit any venues.

  32. Ben
    June 26, 2016 at 11:19 am

    ArtBeat Open Mic
    330 Main St, Vista, CA 92084

  33. June 29, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Cafe Lily is hosting open mic nights on Thursdays starting 7/14/16

    14045 Midland Rd
    Poway, CA 92064

  34. Sergio
    June 6, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I’m a broke but no joke song writer;I’ve never bared, but I care to share my audible stare. May I please have a current; open mic bar/dig, list of San Diego, if able & willing- thank you much appreciated… Love serg

  35. Ali
    June 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Hello, I am a rock songwriter in LA and wanted to have a show in San Diego, what open mics or songwriter showcases can I perform at on Fridays or Sunday? Please reach out to

  36. Steve McGrew
    November 1, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Hi all I’ve been a musician for many many years and want to get back into playing again. So thanks so much for having this information available to us.

  37. December 29, 2017 at 7:41 am

    We have a Tap room eatery in Nort Park- City Heights. We would love to embrace an open mike night .
    Could you let me know how we can engage aspiring artists so they can share their talent with our community?

    Twisted Taps 2302 El Cajon blvd SD

  38. Kimo Shim
    April 4, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    South Park Abbey
    Rebecca’s Coffee House
    Lestat’s west music venue

  39. Kimo Shim
    April 4, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    New open mic at @Spacebar in La Mesa
    Off 74th Street and University Ave.
    Hosted by Kimo Shim

  40. May 25, 2018 at 8:49 am

    New Open Mic

    Midnight Jack Brewing Company
    3801 Oceanic Drive

    Huge Stage
    Lighting and Sound Engineer
    Weekend Paid Gigs Available

  41. Muriel Arroyo
    July 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    The open mic on Saturday is no longer located at Better Days Pizzeria. It is now located at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie, 9317 Shadow Hill Road, Santee, CA. The times and the phone # are still correct.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *