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US and Canadian Poetry Open Mikes

Parkside Lounge

NYC's hottest weekly indie showcase + open mic in one of NYC's hottest downtown performance venues - The Inspired Word @ the renovated Parkside Lounge!

Age limit: 21+ (Must bring valid ID)

When: EVERY Tuesday Night

Where: The Parkside Lounge

317 E. Houston Street

Manhattan, New York 10002


By Subway: Take the F to Second Avenue. Go up the 1st Avenue stairs and head East on Houston Street.1

Doors open @ 6:30pm.

This is a VERY popular open mic. We STRONGLY suggest you purchase a ticket in advance @ to guarantee a performance slot. Make sure to purchase ticket with your desired time slot window.

Full backline. Honky-tonk piano and Casio Semi-Weighted Keyboard. Cool stage. Comfy cabaret-style seating. Cheap drinks, including the Bailout Package (shot of whisky + 22-ounce beer) for only 8$, and $2 non-alcoholic options available.

15 slots, 7 minutes apiece for anything spoken, 8 minutes for singers/musicians (if you have backing tracks bring them on either mp3 player or smartphone).

A warm, supportive community of artists. Real crowds. And a great place to network.


Cover charge:

$10 for solo performer or audience member @ the door. Discount options online @

You can pay online (to guarantee a slot) or at the door.

***1 DRINK MINIMUM INSIDE VENUE PER PERSON (but the drinks are super cheap and $2 non-alcoholic options available)***


Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, Dec 18
  • Tuesday, Dec 25
  • Tuesday, Jan 01
  • Tuesday, Jan 08
  • Tuesday, Jan 15

Also at Parkside Lounge:
great weather presents...Every Sunday
Monday Night Open Mic @ The Parkside Lounge - Music, Poetry, Comedy, Spoken WordEvery Monday
The JK Workout MICEvery Other Wednesday (comedy)
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