Have a talent you’d like to showcase? Maybe you’re a closet crooner, a frustrated flautist or a stand-up screwball? Here are the best amateur nights in St. Louis to strut your stuff.
Tavern Of Fine Arts
313 Belt Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63112
Bring an instrument or a quartet and share your love of classical music. All ages and skill levels are welcome to share the floor at Tavern of Fine Arts. Open Stage Night is on the second Monday of every month. This is a fantastic venue to try out your sightreading skills, put the finishing touches on a concerto or even belt out your favorite aria. Bring your sheet music. The Tavern provides music stands, a six-foot grand piano and an accompanist from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is free.
2101 Menard St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
Every Thursday, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., Joanie’s opens up the floor to live music and performances of all types. This venerable bar and pizzeria is a landmark in the Soulard neighborhood. Joanie’s offers a relaxed atmosphere and laid-back crowd for amateur performers of all types.
Funny Bone Comedy Club
614 Westport Plaza Drive
Maryland Heights, MO 63146
Are you a smart alec? Have trouble wearing your serious face? If your friends tell you that you should be doing standup, “the Funny Bone at Westport has an open mic night for you.” On Tuesdays at 8 p.m., the Club welcomes local pros and amateurs to the microphone. Admission is $5. There’s a two-drink minimum per person, but you’ll have to decide whether to drink before or after you take the stage.
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825 Allen Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
The Shanti is a come-as-you-are, friendly little bar in the heart of Soulard. A small bar and large patio let the crowd spread out and give a relaxed feeling that attracts hipsters and hippies alike. Open mic night at the Shanti is on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. and features an eclectic mix of musical styles. Kimmie V, lead singer of the local band Earthsol, is on hand to play hostess and welcome up-and-coming local talent to the stage.
Hessler’s Pub & Grill
11804 Tesson Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63128
Come see why Hessler’s has been voted South County’s favorite neighborhood bar and grill. In addition to tasty snacks and adult beverages, Hessler’s offers an infamous karaoke night on Saturdays from 9 p.m. until close. This tradition has gone on for over 15 years. Step up to the state-of-the-art sound system to perform, and the DJ will even arrange a concert-style light show just for you. Get there early because the karaoke side of the bar fills up fast for this popular event.
Lauren Haas is a writer who specializes in finding the fun! Lauren was the publisher of the St. Louis Area Family Gazette for eight years, and now writes freelance articles on St. Louis events and attractions, budget travel, arts and entertainment and fitness topics. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.