A Guide to Orlando’s Best Open Mic Nights

By Samantha Rosenthal

Orlando’s arts and culture scene is alive and thriving, which means there is bound to be plenty of places to show off that talent.

Local Orlando bars and venues have open mic nights to allow our fabulous local talent to be showcased, which is great for both performers and those of us that like to sit in the audience.

Here are some of the hippest open mic venues throughout Orlando to let your talent loose, or to sit back with your date and enjoy the entertainment:

Downtown Credo
706 W. Smith St.
Orlando, FL 32804
407-250-4888

The first Monday of every month Downtown Credo does its Songwriter’s Stage from 7 to 10pm This is a unique open mic night due to the fact it is also a competition of sorts. Featured performers are given 10 minutes each to perform two original songs. Afterward, a panel of judges chooses three finalists who sing one more song each. At the end of the night, the judges pick a winner who gets a cash prize and free recording time at Emissary Studios.

Judges score performers based on their: songwriting, vocal performance, playing ability, stage presence and the audience’s response. For those interested in participating, email songwriters@downtowncredo.com.

Image courtesy of Downtown Credo
Image courtesy of Downtown Credo

Winter Park Beer Company
1809 E. Winter Park Road
Orlando, FL 32803
407-913-2739

This place is a prized gem in the Audubon Park Garden District, surrounded by other local favorites like Stardust Video & Coffee, Park Ave CDs, Big Daddy’s Karaoke Bar, Blue Bird Bake Shop and East End Market. Michelle Bradford and David Brunson opened the doors to the newly remodeled brewpub and art gallery in April 2014, and it has been a hit ever since.

Cheryl Anderson and John Shaughnessy rotate hosting the Wednesday open mic nights. Sign ups start at 7:30pm, and performers get a 20-minute time slot. The show begins at 8pm and continues until midnight.

winter park beer co open mic
Winter Park Beer Co.

Austin’s Coffee
929 W. Fairbanks Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
407-975-3364

Austin’s is the place to go if you’re looking for an open mic night, especially because they have almost every kind of open mic night available. On Mondays, there is a hip-hop open mic night where a local artist is sometimes featured along with a guest deejay spinning hip-hop instrumentals for locals to freestyle over.

Every Tuesday is Austin’s singer-songwriter night. Sign ups are at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm; each person has a 15-minute time slot. Poetry open mic nights are on Wednesdays. Either local artists are featured or they have sign ups to perform. Sundays are comedy open mic nights where local comedians get to knock the crowd dead with their jokes.

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Natura Coffee and Tea
12078 Collegiate Way
Orlando, FL 32817
407-482-8599

With UCF being home to more than 60,000 students, it’s no wonder Natura has made a name for itself as one of the go-to places for talented artists in East Orlando. Nestled right on the corner of University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail, Natura has become a popular venue for UCF, Full Sail and Valencia students to go show off their talents.

On Thursdays, there’s an open mic night that features a variety of artists that get to perform for up to 15 minutes each. On Sundays, Natura hosts a spoken/acoustic open mic night.

The spot also features a great selection of boba teas, specialty coffee drinks, loose leaf teas, espresso, gourmet coffees, craft beer and wine. Natura also has hookahs for customers to use with the option of two different shisha, in a variety of flavors, to pick from.

The Falcon Bar & Gallery
819 E Washington St
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 423-3060

Situated in the middle of trendy Thornton Park, The Falcon is one of best places to go in the evenings for any kind of entertainment. On Sundays, The Falcon hosts an open mic night where sign ups start at 3pm and the show starts at 4pm.

The Falcon allows performers the opportunity to sing three songs or have up to 15 minutes of performance time. Anyone and everyone is invited to sign up, and you can perform original or cover songs, poetry, performance art, comedy sketches or anything else that sets your creative outlet on fire.

falcon open mic

 

Here are some other local venues that host open mic nights worthy of a visit:

Rogue Pub
3076 Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL 32806
407-985-3778

Open mic nights are on Thursdays with sign ups at 8pm.

Muldoon’s Salon
7439 Aloma Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32792
407-657-9980

Open mic nights are on Sundays with sign ups at 8:30pm and the show starting at 9pm.

Devaney’s Sports Pub
7660 University Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32792
407-679-6600

Open mic nights are on Mondays starting between 9 to 10pm.

Milan Italian Restaurant
140 S. US Hwy 17 92
Longwood, FL 32750
407-672-1717

Blues Mama’s Acoustic Open Mic Night is every Tuesday from 7pm to 11pm

The Haven Lounge
4083 Forsyth Rd
Winter Park, FL 32792
407-673-2712

Open mic nights are on Tuesdays. Bands, solo acts, comedians, spoken word artists and more an encouraged to come out and perform.

Mikki V’s
156 Tuskawilla Road
Winter Springs, FL 32708
407-542-8828

Open mic nights are on Thursdays starting at 6:30pm till 10:30pm

The Other Bar
18 Wall St.
Orlando, FL 32801
407-843-8595

Open mic comedy nights are on Mondays at 9:30pm


14 Responses to “A Guide to Orlando’s Best Open Mic Nights”

  1. Melissa

    Thank you for listing The Falcon Open Mic! FYI, it moved to Tuesday nights 8PM-12am a while back. Is it possible to update?

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  2. Kia

    There is now open mic at Jazz Tastings in Maitland.. Now booking for Poem Readers.. Acoustic Artist and Instrumentalist.. Also enjoy Acoustic and RnB music with reasonably priced Topas and Drinks.. For more information or advance tickes please contact justkiapromotions@gmail.con Thanks and I look forward to seeing Everyone there..

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  3. Rob Hamm

    ATTN MUSICIANS: Open Mic night at Rockin’ Rhonda’s in Sanford every Wednesday night from 9-Close. Bring your axe and whatever else you have!

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  4. Jam'n Joe

    Hi everyone! Wylie’s Pub in Orlando is happy to announce their open mic/jam session on Sundays from 4 pm to 8 pm. Hosted by local musicians Jam’n Joe & Ben Browne; although many other local artist will be rotated as host for variety. We are all one big happy family. C’mon down and join us! Many of your favorite songs will be played.
    Good place to network and prepare for other promising musical adventures. Come and find out more. Go ahead and send me an email. I like to hear from you at: jamingjoe@gmail.com This Open Mic will enhance your music.

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  5. Carl

    You missed the longest running open mic in FL…. 1st Monday Night Jazz Jam. Has been going since 2008 featuring the best professional and student musicians in town. We’ve had guests like Taylor Hicks, Mutumbo, Shaq, Tommy from Martin, and of course Prince. It started at Balouga’s in Winter Park, and was at the Grand Bohemian, Mingos, and finnally Bar Louie. The proceeds for the jam session go to different non profits. It was started in conjunction with WLOQ which used to be the local jazz radio station. Its monthly not weekly, but well worth the wait. There will be a new location in January of 2018. Yvonne Coleman, Joseph Jevanni, Dr. Otto Gomez, Frank Wharton, Keith Council, and Carl Lewis on Sax, put it on.

    https://www.facebook.com/mondaynightjazzjam/

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  6. Neal

    I’m an old guy who’s been playing blues harp for more than 40 years …are there any good blues open mic?

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