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Where Are the Best Open Mic Nights in DC?

Discovering new talented singers and songwriters can be a refreshing alternative to traditional concerts and performances. Open Mic Nights provide a means for the District's undiscovered musicians to showcase their talents.  Check out some of these choices to enjoy live music or work up the nerve to strut your stuff.  

The Red Palace - 1212 H Street

On Wednesday nights you can enjoy open mic night at The Red Palace along the H Street Corridor with performances ranging from an interpretative dance to poetry slams. This venue used to be known as the Palace of Wonders and still features vintage sideshow artifacts such as miniature mummies and other fun relics. With three full-service bars and a stage, you can enjoy all types of different acts here including sword swallowers, fire breathers and a burlesque show.  The Palace serves traditional bar fare, including burgers and wings.

Speakeasy DC - 1525 Newton Street NW

If you love a good story, this is the place for you. Every show features a different theme and the Speakeasy provides open mic nights throughout the year.  The center also provides webinars, online courses, classes and private coaching for those looking to tell great stories.

Potter's House - 1658 Columbia Road

Thursdays are the day to head to Potter's House in Adams Morgan. If you love a good spiritual performance, this is your type of place. Participants share their hopes and dreams of a better future through poetry, song, and dance.  This combined coffeehouse and book store houses the Recovery Cafe where people in recovery from substance and/or alcohol abuse meet for live music, food and fun. The Recovery Cafe opens on the third Saturday of each month.

Modern Times Coffeehouse - 5015 Connecticut Avenue

When Friday rolls around, there's no better coffeehouse for open mic night than Modern Times located in the Politics and Prose bookstore in Chevy Chase. This cozy enclave provides plenty of delicious snacks, beverages and a lounge in which to enjoy the performers.  After the show ends, stick around to browse the substantive literature choices in the bookstore.

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