Whether you're a budding musical artist or you just enjoy hearing new talent, there are plenty of great places to enjoy an open mic night in Edmonton. The city is alive with nightlife and many bars, clubs and restaurants provide a night for amateurs to take the mic and show off their skills. Here's a look at a few of the top spots for open mic nights within the city.
Richard's Pub - 12150 161 Avenue NW
Richard's Pub provides open stage nights on Tuesdays every week. This is a great place to catch a live band performing or bring your talents to the stage. The open mic nights start at 7:30pm and run until about 11:30pm.
Some of the schedule includes live music from local bands, while other talented musicians also take the stage on Tuesdays.
The Carrot - 9351 118 Avenue NW
This coffee house is a great spot for an open mic night. They provide two nights per week for talented individuals to take the stage.
The Garden Variety Saturday Night open mic is a good choice and starts at 7pm. This event is open to musical performers of any age and provides a great opportunity to get noticed.
The other open mic event is from 1:30pm to 3pm on Thursday afternoons. This event is for adult performers and provides plenty of great talent.
Duggan’s Boundary Irish Pub — 9013 88 Ave NW
Every Wednesday, starting at 8pm, you can drop in to Duggan’s Boundary Irish Pub to hear local legends play their favorite tunes on the open mic. Local musician, Duff Robison, hosts this weekly show to keep the music flowing all evening long. You can also participate by bringing your instrument of choice and material. With so many talented residents coming in each week, you could face a lengthy wait for the mic.
Thankfully, this Irish pub has an amazing array of delicious food and drinks to keep you comfortable while you wait. Make sure to try the Totchos Supreme, crispy tater tots covered in smoked cheese and ground beef, for an out of this world flavor experience. Pair it with your favorite beverage of choice to prepare for your big performance on the open mic — or while you simply enjoy the show.
Elephant & Castle - 10314 Whyte Avenue
The Elephant & Castle is a very popular pub for those 18 years of age and older. They have an open mic night held every Wednesday at 9:30pm. This open mic night is one of the best in the city and provides some of the best musical talent out there. Often, the performers fall into the folk or roots genre.
Whether you enjoy performing at or attending open mic nights, you can fill your week with plenty of these nights. There are plenty others throughout Edmonton, but these are a few of the best.
By Justin Havre