The Magic of Open Mic Nights in Berlin

Music, is a magical ordeal. An escape from ordinary into a vast sea of feeling, vibes and sensations. To professionals, music is not only a job, but also a way to express themselves through creativity and poetry. But what for the average “9 to 5” Mensch?

Recently I have stumbled along something deep that doesn’t normally meet the eye. Open Mic, Jam sessions where professionals and amateurs alike can express their feeling of passion. This is something truly amazing, that Berlin has to offer.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, locals and travelling musicians flock to bars that post Open Mic on their webpages. Lines and lists of these creative souls pour out their emotions, talent and comedic gestures as they blast out tunes from their piano or acoustic guitars.

What for money? No, for the pure joy of sharing something that they find special, with friends and total strangers alike. That in which they, the performers’, worked hard to put together. Under this Berlin skyline, something proud to boast in which no other city really can offer.

So the next time you feel down, or stepping outside to find something unusual. I would highly recommend checking out one of these neighborhood stages. And maybe you might be able to find one of these “Neighborhood Heroes.”

Here’s an overview which bars offer open mic nights ordered by weekday:


arcanoa, Am Tempelhofer Berg 8, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Café Sandmann, Reuterstraße 7, 12053 Berlin-Neukölln

12 Grad, Frankfurter Allee 24, 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain

Barkett, Czeminskistraße 10, 10829 Berlin-Schöneberg


Lagari, Pflügerstraße 19, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln


Laksmi Bar, Wrangelstraße 93, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Bar Bobu, Müggelstraße 9, 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain

Prachtwerk, Ganghoferstraße 2, 12043 Berlin-Neukölln


Zanjabil, Colditzstraße 27, 12099 Berlin-Tempelhof

Ofen Bar, Hobrechtstraße 35, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln


DODO, Großbeerenstraße 32, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Flop, Lüderitzstraße 74, 13351 Berlin-Wedding


Café Stadtkind, Lychener Str. 39, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

bei Ernst, Sprengelstraße 15, 13353 Berlin-Wedding

Flop, Lüderitzstraße 74, 13351 Berlin-Wedding


Madame Claude, Lübbener Str. 19, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Kindl Stuben, Sonnenallee 92, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln

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Text: Robert A.P., photo: Nick Karvounis

After moving to Berlin 3.5 years ago, Robert A.P. has been on the hunt, in searching to explore the unique wonderful possibilities that Berlin has to offer. In being proud of what Berlin has to offer, through writing, he shares his experiences so hopefully tourists and locals alike can enjoy.

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