Amateur Night: Top Spots To Take The Stage In Las Vegas

May 16, 2013 5:00 AM

(photo credit: Thinkstock)

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Make your Las Vegas debut the way locally grown stars first came up: at an open mic. Often the first step to scoring a slot at a local club, open mics in Las Vegas are unique compared to open mics in other cities because you never know who’s going to walk in and see your act. Visiting celebrities and performing arts executives are just as likely to make their way to a Las Vegas open mic performance as any other visitor, which might give a lucky performer a chance to take his/her talents to the next level. Here are some open mics where you can make yourself known in the Las Vegas scene.

The Coffee House
117 S. Water St.
Henderson, NV 89015
(702) 752-3199

The Coffee House is a popular location for affordable coffee and snacks and for all-ages local performers in Henderson to be seen and heard by an intimate coffee shop audience. This venue is located only a few miles from the far east corner of the Las Vegas Valley, in the historic Water Street District of Henderson. The Coffee House is popular among locals for its ornate and comfortable seating areas, its free wireless internet and the local works of art on the walls. Open mics at this venue are on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m.

Simpo Sandwich
300 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 101
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 868-0215

A popular spot on the monthly First Friday lineup, Simpo Sandwich is a well-liked local family dine-in and delivery sandwich restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Las Vegas. On the third Thursday of every month, it hosts an open mic called Coffee, Tea and Poetry. This open mic welcomes singers, poets and instrumentalists to perform, and the once-monthly event runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Brentwood Cafe and Tavern
7325 W. Warm Springs Road
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 656-3000

This venue is located on the southwest end of Las Vegas and holds Friday and Saturday night themed open mics from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Fridays are usually acoustic-themed, featuring only musical performers, and Saturday open mics are singer/songwriter showcases with two featured performers and an open mic session that focuses on acts with original songs. Though The Brentwood Cafe and Tavern has a full amplification setup, musicians need to bring their own instruments and drummers need to bring their own sticks.

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Boomers Bar
3200 Sirius Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 368-1863

This busy bar, located just a short distance west of the central Las Vegas Strip, is frequented by music-loving natives as well as out-of-towners seeking a more intimate Las Vegas experience. This venue is known for its live music. Boomers Bar hosts an open mic for music on Wednesdays and an amateur comedy open mic on Sundays. The cover charge on Wednesdays is $3 for ladies, $5 for men before midnight and $5 for everyone after midnight. The Sunday comedy show is free.

MeatHeads Video Poker Bar
1121 S. Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 870-4440

Most of the week, the intimately spaced MeatHeads Video Poker Bar is an established venue for local and visiting acts, with usually indie music, metal and punk. Once a week, on Tuesdays, aspiring stand-up comedians can find a stage and audience here on which to test out their jokes. This bar is located a few miles northwest of the Strip and can be somewhat difficult to find for newcomers, as it is nestled deeply within a cluster of shops called the Westland Fair Plaza.

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Heather Bliss is a writer living in Las Vegas. Before she wrote about the Las Vegas area, she wrote articles about news, politics, movies and music in California. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in the Visual and Performing Arts from CSU San Marcos and studied Journalism at Moorpark College, where she received her A.A. degree. Her work can be found at

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