As the home of bikes, beers and bands, Fort Collins and its surrounding communities produce some of the best shows, the best creators and the best musicians in the country. Sure, we may be a little biased, but check out 20 Northern Colorado Bands You Should Be Listening To and The Ultimate Guide to Fort Collins’ Most Popular Music Venues and you may be convinced, too.
But you can’t be a hub for local music without supporting up and coming artists, right? Thanks to our local restaurants, bars and venues, both Fort Collins and Loveland have plenty of places to test out your skills and get discovered. Whether your art is music, comedy or poetry, there’s an open mic night on our list that’s perfect for you!
Stop by Lucky Joe’s any night of the week for Irish-inspired pub foods. Swing by every Wednesday night to pair it with the free Celtic Jam, then join the fun with Acoustic Open Mic every Sunday at 9 p.m. Be sure to call after 11 a.m. each Sunday to secure your 20-minute time slot.
Hodi’s has been one of FoCo’s favorite music venues for years. They host some of the best local and touring acts in Fort Collins several nights a week. And on Mondays, they host Stand-Up Comedy from Fort Comedy at 7 p.m. followed by Open Funk Jam beginning at 10 p.m. — and admission is free for both!
At McClellan’s, they pair craft beer with open mic night every Tuesday. Bring your instruments, your appetite, your love for local brews, and get ready to have fun! Their fine handcrafted cask ales and artisan foods will keep you fueled all evening.
Affectionately known as Avo’s, this music venue and restaurant hosts a free open mic night every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. and an Open Bluegrass Jam every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. Find more information about Avogadro’s on our guide to the city’s most popular music venues and vegan-friendly restaurants in FoCo.
Dungeons & Drafts is the center for board game lovers, pop culture fans, readers and beer drinkers. Every Wednesday, they open the stage for comedy open mic. Musicians are invited, too so bring your jokes and your jams from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. You can RSVP on Facebook for updates.
At the Fort Collins Boot Grill, you can enjoy a cozy, rustic interior during the winter, a rooftop deck during the summer, and open mic night every Thursday! Sign-ups begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. as football wraps up for the night.
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As the headquarters for curated collections of unique finds, local and handmade beauty, books and coffee in Fort Collins, The Bean Cycle and poetry go hand in hand. On the first Friday of each month, they host an open Poetry Slam from 7 – 10 p.m. Write your own or grab something off the bookshelf to read on stage!
Ramskeller is a beloved pub located in the Lory Student Center on the CSU campus. Complete with live music events, local beer on tap, pub comfort food and 90.5 KCSU Comedy Open Mic on the last Tuesday of every month, it’s a must-visit! RSVP to the Comedy Open Mic event on Facebook for updates.
Pourhouse is a famous NoCo destination for open mic night. Paired with gourmet bar foods and one of the most fun atmospheres in town, Tuesday Open Jazz Jam with the Pourhouse Jazz Trio is a blast whether you’re playing, dancing or just watching!
The Laureate is your one-stop-shop for drinks, artisan meals and fun. Featuring craft beers from all around the world, hand-selected wines, handcrafted cocktails, and a wonderful menu with everything from small bites to sandwiches, you’ll be full and ready to sing come Wednesday’s 7 p.m. open mic night.
If you’re a musician in Northern Colorado, chances are you’ve played on stage at the Chiller’s open mic night. Whether you’re there for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the party never stops at this Loveland favorite so be sure you get to the bar by 8:30 p.m. to get on the list!
This dual butcher shop and tavern is local- and veteran-owned. The team sources some of the world’s best meats from no more than 100 miles away to create a small menu of locally-famous pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, bacon, ribeye and more. Try it all on the first Friday of every month when you can pair a mouth-watering dish with open mic entertainment!
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