San Diego’s Top 10 Hot Spots: Open Mic and Karaoke

karaokeIt’s a new year, and a great time to set some new goals! What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to be with your music-making this time next year?

Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been playing for years, performing in front of others is a great way to increase your confidence – not to mention show off what you’ve accomplished!

Here in America’s Finest City, there are tons of events to improve your musical chops, from low-key karaoke bars to crowded open mics in San Diego. And it’s not just for singers. Many open mic nights cater to all types of instruments, from drums to guitar to keyboard. It’s also easy to find all-ages events, if you’re looking for some family-friendly fun.

Nervous? Don’t worry – everyone is the first time they perform on stage! But the more you perform, the easier it will get. You might feel comfortable checking out a few events to get a feel for the environment before getting up on stage, and that’s totally fine.

To get you started, here are a some of our favorite San Diego open mic nights and karaoke venues:

1) Cosmos Coffee Cafe – La Mesa
8278 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942
Open mic, Tuesdays at 7pm
All ages

2) Lestat’s West – Normal Heights 
3343 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Open mic, Mondays at 6:30pm
All ages

3) Blarney Stone Pub – Clairemont
5617 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111
Open mic, Sundays at 9pm

4) Rebecca’s Coffee House – South Park
3015 Juniper St, San Diego, CA 92104
Open mic, Tuesdays 7 pm – 9:30 pm (except the third Tuesday of the month)
All ages

5) Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center – North Park
3925 Ohio Street, San Diego, CA 92104
Open mic (poetry, comedy, and musicians), Tuesdays 8pm
All ages

6) South Park Abbey – South Park
1946 Fern Street, San Diego, California 92102
Open mic, Wednesdays 9pm
All ages

7) E Street Cafe – Encinitas
128 W E St, Encinitas, CA 92024
Open mic, Tuesdays 6pm
All ages

8) Lamplighter – Mission Hills
817 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103
Karaoke, every night 9pm

9) Champ’s Lounge – Clairemont
3050 Clairemont Drive, Clairemont CA 92117
Karaoke, Fridays 9pm

10) Chorus Karaoke and Cafe – Kearny Mesa
4428 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111
Private karaoke rooms

For up-to-date information, be sure to contact the venue.

See Also: Need help selecting a song to sing? Check out our top picks for karaoke songs.

Suzy S., TakeLessons staff member and blogger

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