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Open Mic Nights in Dublin

25th April 2018


As a songwriter, there’s nothing more important than putting yourself out there and getting your music heard. It can be daunting at first, but a great way to try out new songs in a live setting or get your band gig-ready before booking your own shows is performing at an open mic night. Even if you’re just looking to hear some new music or meet some like-minded, creative people the city of Dublin has lots to offer! In no particular order, here are five local open mic events to hit up if you’re looking for a supportive atmosphere and a fun night out…

That’s It at Sin É

On Monday nights, you have the chance to serenade an attentive room in the intimate surroundings of Sin É on Ormond Quay. A popular music venue, Sin É has live music every night of the week, so be sure to check out their other listings too.

The Circle Sessions at The International Bar

In the heart of the city centre is The International Bar on Wicklow Street. They host The Circle Sessions every week and you can enjoy lots of different mediums of performance, from spoken word to storytelling, and an eclectic music showcase. Once you’ve mastered the open mic scene and you’re planning your own shows, they also have gig rooms available for hire.

Jazz Jam Session at The Grand Social

If a traditional open mic isn’t really your thing, check out the weekly Jazz Jam at The Grand Social on Liffey Street. Bear in mind, you’ll need some knowledge of jazz improvisation and your own gear before you jump up to play and join in the fun. If you’re not planning to play, people are more than welcome to go and just listen. Even if you’re not a fan of jazz, it’s still well worth a visit to learn about an exciting genre.

The Apollo Sessions at The Bleeding Horse Pub

Another chance to showcase your music is at the Apollo Sessions in The Bleeding Horse Pub on Camden Street. The event is a singer-songwriter showcase and takes place every Sunday night from 9pm. It’s good news if you’re on a budget too, as admission is free!

Whelan’s Song Cycle 

Last, but most certainly not least, Whelan’s on Wexford Street host their own open mic in the form of Whelan’s Song Cycle. Local and out of town acts are encouraged to take part, experiment and showcase their material in the upstairs venue, and you can contact them for a slot on the weekly line-up. There’s always a show on at Whelan’s, so have a look at their listings and check out some great music!


Sinéad Furlong

Sinéad graduated as a Vocalist from the BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music at BIMM Dublin in 2015. Since then, she has been working in the music industry in administration, social media and marketing. She has written for various music blogs, websites and magazines and currently runs her own blog, MNÁSOME which focuses on women making waves in the music industry.