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Amateur Night: Best Places To Take The Stage In Atlanta

We all have dreamed about being up on stage or being in the movies. There is a hidden performer and entertainer in all of us, so thankfully there are some great venues and establishments around Atlanta that have "open mic night" or as some people call it "amateur night." This is a chance for you to show off your talent and skills in front of your peers. Check out these places around Atlanta where you can be a star.


Laughing Skull Lounge
878 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(877) 523-3288

Do you think you have what it takes to be a comedian? You can find out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Laughing Skull Lounge. Take the same stage that headlining stand-up comics work and try to make people laugh. The open mic night at the Laughing Skull is usually a mix of good and bad. If you have the itch, email the Laughing Skull to book your spot. You'll have a blast.

Sounds and Lyrics Tuesdays at Apache Cafe
64 3rd St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 876-5436

The Apache Cafe is known worldwide for being a place where you can come and express your creativity, enjoy some art and munch on some great food. Join the band on Tuesdays and maybe you will get discovered. If you have a song of your own you want to perform, that can also be arranged. It's a diverse crowd that will truly test your talent. The show starts at 10 p.m. so get in early to beat the crowds.

Red Light Cafe
553 Amsterdam Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 874-7828

Wednesdays are live music open mic night at the Red Light Cafe. If you have never been to the Red Light before, there is nothing intimidating or pretentious about this place. It's a comfortable setting to get up on stage and try a cover or two, or something original. The sign-up sheet starts circulating around at 7 p.m. so get there early to get a spot. Invite your family and friends so they can say they knew you before you became famous.

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Word is Born Poetry Open Mic at Apache Cafe
64 3rd St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 876-5436

In addition to being known for its music, the Apache Cafe also has a great poetry night. This is an open forum for spoken word, poetry and even song lyrics. It can be emotional, it can be funny, but it's always a great turnout on Sunday nights. The Apache Cafe is known for bringing out a mix of people and this open mic night for spoken word never disappoints.

The Green Room Actor's Lounge
25-D Bennett St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 351-4736

Hone your acting and speaking skills in front of other like-minded individuals at The Green Room Actor's Lounge. This is a coffee shop that offers acting classes and a change to get up in front of people to try out some of your material. The food is also good. This is a great spot in Atlanta for networking and provides a chance to find out about auditions and other events coming to the area. You'll find a great venue and great people at The Green Room.

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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at

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