Open mic nights are slowly making a comeback, so gather up your lyrics and music, dust off that guitar, and get ready to hit the stage. You can finally debut those covers you’ve been performing for your pets or if you’re not the performing type, grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy some live, socially distanced entertainment.
Fretboard Brewing Company
Head over to Blue Ash and visit the award-winning brewery and live music venue, Fretboard Brewing Company for its weekly open mic night every Wednesday from 7-10 p.m. The brewery encourages local artists and has been known to scout out talent to play weekend sets. The event usually attracts local musicians, but Fretboard Brewing’s open mic night is open to all talents. Tyler Carson, vocalist for the indie folk band Saint Mary, Saint Michael, hosts.
5800 Creek Rd., Blue Ash, (513) 214-1987, fretboardbrewing.com
Northern Row Brewery & Distillery
Providing a welcoming environment for all up-and-coming musicians, Northern Row even offers Friday and Sunday performance slots to musicians who do well at the open mic night. Every Tuesday from 6-9 p.m., singer/songwriter Kyle Hackett emcees and you can perform a song or short set against the brewery’s historic backdrop (it was the original 1895 Christian Moerlein stockhouse).
111 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 620-8302, northernrow.com
Esoteric Brewing Company
Siri Imani, local spoken word artist and member of hp-hop “artivist” collective Triibe, hosts the open mic night at Esoteric Brewing every Wednesday from 6:30-10 p.m. where both music and spoken word performances are welcome. The Esoteric Brewing Company’s space boasts an elegant 1920s art deco style and pride itself on crafting beer with only pure, locally-sourced, and organically grown ingredients.
918 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills, (513) 214-1987, esotericbrewing.com
Rebel Mettle Brewery
Step into the renovated parking structure in the downtown Central Business District to find one of Cincinnati’s newer breweries, Rebel Mettle. The large, open space and delicious craft beers create the perfect atmosphere for a weekly open mic night on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Acoustic artist Dan Marshall, aka LoopManDan, hosts.
412 Central Ave., downtown, (513) 421-2739, rebelmettlebrewery.com
Big Ash Brewing
Not quite old enough to perform at breweries and bars? Big Ash Brewing has you covered. They offer an open mic event specifically dedicated to anyone 21 and under. Every other Saturday, The brewery and the Cincy Blues Society’s BITS Band hosts the open mic, encouraging young musicians to come and show off their talent. The show kicks off with a performance by the BITS Band at noon followed by open jam slots from 1-5 p.m. Anyone wanting to perform must sign up ahead of time through the Big Ash Brewing website.
5230 Beechmont Ave., Turpin Hills, (513) 401-6868, bigashbrewing.com