Open Mic Nights provide a platform for anyone who has the courage to perform. Here are some great places in North County, where you can watch locals sharing their talents.
(Del Mar to Oceanside)
1. Zel’s Del Mar
A casual neighborhood restaurant and bar, Zel’s Del Mar has an outdoor fireplace and friendly staff. With Live Music all week and Open Mic Nights on Sunday, Zel’s is a great place to hear live music. Added bonus: Sundays have Happy Hour from 3pm-10pm, with a menu served until 9:30 pm.
Open Mic: Sunday Nights
2. The Saddle Bar
Close to the beach, and newly remodeled, The Saddle Bar has been a Solana Beach staple for years. Open until 2 am every day, this is a good neighborhood joint to listen to music at.
Open Mic: Sunday Nights 8pm-2am
3. Mr. Peabody’s Bar & Grill
Just down the street from the beach, Mr Peabody’s offers a full bar and menu, plus live music. One of the most popular Open Mic Nights around, Mr. Peabody’s offers contests for local bands that showcase the nights on YouTube. Also, Monday nights feature $3 Well Drinks from 8pm-Close.
Open Mic: Mondays 8pm-2am
4. La Costa Coffee Roasting
A warm and cozy neighborhood coffee shop. La Costa Coffee roasts their beans on-site, has live music and features open mics every first Saturday of the month.
Open Mic: First Saturdays: 7 pm
5. Legacy Brewing Company
Off the beaten path, you’ll find Legacy Brewing Company hidden in an industrial area near the Oceanside Airport. Great beer, a clean atmosphere, dog-friendly. Open Mic coincides with Tacos Tuesdays.
Open Mic: Tuesdays: 6pm
6. Pour House
A locals’ favorite in south Oceanside, Pour House offers a great food and drink menu. Faves are the Mac and Cheese and Truffle Fries. They also feature Live Music every day.
Open Mic: Wednesday Nights
(Rancho Bernardo to Escondido)
7. Wholly Crepe
Small little restaurant and cafe that specializes in Sweet and Savory Crepes of all kinds. The Wholly Crepe offers an Open Mic Night on the first and third Friday of the month. All ages welcome for Music, Poetry and Comedy.
Open Mic: First & Third Fridays: 7pm-9pm
8. Kettle Coffee & Tea
Cozy, brick coffee shop with locally roasted beans and fresh food. With an inviting, relaxed atmosphere, Kettle offers an Open Mic Night weekly on Thursdays.
Open Mic: Thursdays 5:30pm-8pm
9. O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub
Great little Irish Pub in the heart of Escondido. O’Sullivan’s has live music, dog-friendly patios, and an Irish inspired menu.
Open Mic: Wednesdays 9:30 pm
10. Lush Coffee & Tea
Lush Coffee & Tea is a small Vista coffee house that focuses on Organic Free Trade ingredients.
Open Mic: Fridays 6pm-8:30pm
11. Aztec Brewery
Aztec Brewery in Vista, has beer on tap and live music. Open Mic nights are weekly and feature local musicians, poets and comedians. Thursdays also showcase a Menu inspired by Mexico City by local Leo Garcia.
Open Mic: Thursday Nights
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