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Top Open Mic Venues in Denver

July 19, 2012 6:00 AM

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Performing at an open mic night just might be the step in the right direction for your aspiring music career, or at least a few minutes to shine. This is an opportunity for aspiring singers, comedians and actors to get on stage, captivate an audience and turn an ordinary night into something special. Not only do open mic nights give Denver bar goers a different kind of night on the town, but they also allow the opportunity to experience the rise and fall of aspiring talent.
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Ziggies
4923 W. 38th Avenue
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 455-9930
www.ziggieslivemusic.com

Open mic nights: Every Monday at 8 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events

Looking to start the week on a good note? Check out Ziggie’s Monday acoustic open mic nights hosted by Terry Gulley. The admission is free, the music is amazing and the drink specials can’t be beat. Sip on dollar PBRs as Gulley, a vocalist who plays guitar and the harmonica, leads you through a journey of the area’s best local music. Ziggies is Denver’s premier blues club, so rest assured Monday is not the only night you can join in on the fun. Jam nights run every day of the week, and on Tuesdays, you’re welcome groove with one of the club’s featured musicians.

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The Toad Tavern 
5302 S Federal Circle
Littleton, CO 80123
(303) 795-6877
www.toadtavern.com

Click here for a calendar of events
Open mic: Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. to midnight

The Toad Tavern is a hop-ski-and-a-jump away in Littleton, CO. The 15-minute drive is worth it if an intimate, yet, noisy crowd is to your liking. Recently remolded, the Toad Tavern is a popular venue for new talent. The bar’s new stage is boarded by a dance-floor that can easily hold a fair-sized audience, and the event is so popular that it even has its own Facebook page. And if you’re really looking to make a name for yourself, you can shell out $10 to have your performance recorded–instant demo for those bigwig music execs.

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Meadowlark Bar
2701 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 293-0251
www.meadowlarkbar.com

Click here for a calendar of events
Open mic nights: Every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

What better way to perform in or enjoy an open mic night than in a space that was specifically created to showcase live music? Located in the River North Art District (RINO), the Meadowlark’s open stage night falls weekly on Tuesdays and features one of the longest running open mic nights in city. Enjoy local performances from bands and solo artists until 2 a.m., cool off and grab a drink on the outdoor patio/bar area combo, and revel in the artsy vibe of this LoDo staple.

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Lincoln’s Road House
1201 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-3700
www.lincolnsroadhouse.com

Click here for a calendar of events
Open mic nights: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The Lincoln Road House is a fun, lively dive with great music and tasty food. Jim Bob Housley, owner of the Lincoln Road House, actually helped to open another icon of Denver back in the day – the Denver Chop House & Brewery. There is a Cajun feel to the Lincoln Road House and that vibe permeates in everything that occurs within its walls, from the catfish  basket to the blues jams.  Try to catch the Delta Sonics when they perform at the Lincoln Road House – they are one of the best blues bands in the Rockies.

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Celtic Tavern
2620 W Belleview Ave.
Littleton, CO 80123
(303) 795-0709
www.celtictavernatriversidedowns.com

Click here for a calendar of events
Open mic nights: Every Friday at 8 p.m. to midnight

LoDo regulars will have undoubtedly spent an evening at the Celtic Tavern before, but many fans of the Irish pub may be surprised to learn that there’s another location at Riverside Downs. If you’re looking to wrap up a long work week with some cold beer, great pub fare and amazing local talent, this Littleton bar is where you should head. The recently added open mic Fridays event has proven to be a big hit, and when it’s coupled with the bar’s two happy hours (3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again at 10:30 p.m. to midnight), it’s one of the most magical nights to listen to local talent. The Celtic Tavern dons an authentic Irish pub feel, from the circular stone pillar fireplace to the Killarney toast.

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Automotive media, racing, vehicle evaluation, wrecking yards, and car sales are just a part of Nathan Adlen’s vehicular past. He writes out of high octane passion. He currently resides in Denver and his work can be found at Examiner.com.

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