Open mic nights are perfect for performers that are a little nervous about the stage. The environment is often a more relaxed and welcoming one, with people in the same boat and similar goals; open mic nights are all about fun and getting people to express themselves and their talents. Anyone with a creative inclination can take the reins and rule the stage at an open mic. This is a varied list of open mic nights around Cleveland that offer atmospheres and stages for all.

Phoenix Coffee 
1854 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44105
(216) 932-5282

Every Monday at 8:00 p.m., Phoenix Coffee holds an open mic night for those looking for perform in Coventry. This little coffee shop is hidden in the lower level of a store front and boasts a warm and inviting atmosphere. Performers here can take the stage, surrounded by accepting peers sunk deep into comfy stuffed chairs. Grab a cup of coffee or a latte and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and performances or join in on the fun with some poetry or a song.

The Bottlehouse Brewing Company
2050 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(216) 214-2120

The Bottlehouse Brewing Company is a fresh new bar on Lee Road that hosts a weekly open mic night every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. The bar is small, with an open layout and handmade picnic seating for intimate nights out. The stage is slightly raised from the dining and bar seating, making for a modest but spotlighted performance. Performers are welcomed with wide ranges of talent, while the audience is welcomed with a relaxed environment and beers brewed in house.

The Barking Spider

11310 Juniper Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-2863 

On Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., The Barking Spider hosts an acoustic open mic good for all acoustic musicians looking to let the music in their veins out. This venue is a good one for those seasoned in open mic nights as well as those completely new to the scene. On the edge of Case Western Reserve University, “the spider” as regulars like to call it, is a small and warm venue with a low key setting that will kill any nerves and bring the spotlight to any musician. Listeners can enjoy a quiet and reserved night in with entertainment to boot, while musicians can be heard on the hushed floor level stage area.

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The Winchester Music Hall
12112 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 226-5681

The Winchester holds an open mic night every Tuesday and Thursday (given there isn’t a pre-booked musical act) beginning at 9:00 p.m. This open mic is all about making everyone feel welcome as well as professional. Performers must sign up in order to take the stage and are recorded live for a CD that can be purchased immediately after the performances at the end of the night. There are even surprise special guests that attend these open mic sessions that anyone interested in the music scene won’t want to miss.

The Root Cafe
15118 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 226-4401

The Root Cafe is a small down to earth coffee shop on Lakewood. The atmosphere is personal and hip, making it a great venue for open mic nights. Local artists are promoted throughout the cafe, adding to the artistic environment that brings in the best audience and performers for a welcoming and successful open mic night.

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