NYC Open Mics

Here’s a list of useful information about some open mics in NYC.

This list is a work-in-progress. Feel free to comment and fill in the blank info.


Name Average # of performers Day Sign-up time Starts Average set time House Piano or Keyboard How spots are chosen Location Cover
Sidewalk Cafe 50 Mondays 7:30PM 8PM 4 minutes YES “Lottery” – hosts pick spots, good luck LES, Manhattan No cover/2 items
Nuyorican Poets Cafe  30 Mondays 9PM (line starts about 7:30)  9:30PM 5 minutes YES Sign-up list, first come first serve LES, Manhattan $8
Village Underground Sundays  9PM Greenwich Village, Manhattan  $15
Sugar Bar 30-40 Thursdays 9PM 9:30PM 1 song, 5 minutes YES Spots called by hosts Upper West Side, Manhattan $10
Pete’s Candy Store


Sundays 4-4:30PM 5PM 1/2 original songs NO Sign-up list, first come first serve Williamsburg, Brooklyn Free, 21+
UNDER St. Marks Theater 30

(7 drop outs)

Tuesdays 9PM 9:30PM 7 minutes Lottery LES, Manhattan $4
Postcrypt Coffeehouse  15 First Saturday of month

(not summertime)

8PM (competitive, so try checking at 7) 8:30PM 10 minutes/2 songs Sign-up list, first come first serve Columbia University, Manhattan None