NYC's hottest open mic in one of NYC's hottest performance venues - The Inspired Word @ the newly renovated Parkside Lounge!
Age limit: 21+ (Must bring valid ID)
When: EVERY Monday Night
Where: The Parkside Lounge
317 E. Houston Street
Manhattan, New York 10002
Doors open @ 7pm.
This is a VERY popular open mic. We STRONGLY suggest you purchase a ticket in advance to guarantee a performance slot. Once you buy a ticket/tickets, you can click on the contact the organizer button and and request a slot within a one-hour window (such as 8:30-9:30, 9:30-11:00). We'll do our best to accomodate you.
Full backline. Honky-tonk piano (feel free to bring your own 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.
$8 for solo performer or audience member (@ door)
$7 for solo performer or audience member (online purchase only)
$10 for solo performer or audience member + 1 non-performer friend (online purchase only)
$12 for performance duos (2 performers/one slot)
$12 for solo performer or audience member + 2 non-performer friends (online purchase only)
$15 for bands (3+ performers)
$50 group package for 5 performers and 5 non-performers
$65 for reserved back booths (seats 5-6 people)
You can pay online (to guarantee a slot) or at the door.
Early Bird Special:
ONLY $6 for solo performer or audience member if you buy your ticket at least 3 days prior to event night. Limited Availability. No transfers or refunds.
***1 DRINK MINIMUM INSIDE VENUE PER PERSON (but the drinks are super cheap and $2 non-alcoholic options available)***
For other specials, please contact the organizer via the button on this page.
Produced by the long-running Inspired Word open mic series, which has featured Grammy winners, American Idol finalists, Golden Globe Award winners, Obie Award winners, Emmy nominated actors, and HBO stars, The Inspired Word open mic is open to ALL types of performing artists - comedians, musicians, storytellers, singers, poets, fiction/nonfiction writers, playwrights, spoken word artists, performance artists, dancers.
25 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.
By Subway: Take the F to Second Avenue. Go up the 1st Avenue stairs and head East on Houston Street.
Produced by Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word
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Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word
Founded and produced by longtime New York City journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner, The Inspired Word is one of the hottest open mic/performance events in the country, happening every week in NYC and having featured some of the finest original performers in the country. Past features include Golden Globe award-winning actress Jill Eikenberry, Emmy/Golden Globe nominated Amber Tamblyn, film/TV actor/comedian Taylor Negron, actor/comedian/TV personality John Fugelsang, Grammy nominated singer Carolyn Malachi, American Idol finalist Anwar Robinson, and HBO Def Poetry stars Shihan, Suheir Hammad, Lemon Andersen, Regie Cabico, Gemineye, and Beau Sia. For more info, please visit: