Not long ago, the concept of “open-mic nights” – when any performer is welcome to take the stage for a few minutes, regardless of their experience or skill level – was completely unknown in Budapest’s nightlife scene… but after a few local musicians established these events at several bars citywide in recent years, open-mic nights are now a regular after-hours attraction in the Magyar metropolis. The atmosphere and spirit of every open-mic event varies dramatically depending on the host venue, but all of them provide unpredictably entertaining nights out for no entry fee.
While we here at We Love Budapest will do our best to keep this article updated, the city’s open-mic events tend to pop up in new venues fairly frequently – so, check out the Budapest Open Mic Facebook page for current information about all of these good-time gatherings.
Jelen Bisztró (Closed)
In a candlelit back room with surreal murals on the walls, all musicians, poets, and comedians are welcome to share their works with the world at this laid-back bistro by Blaha Square on Monday nights during 8pm-11pm. Along with free entry, open-mic guests enjoy food-and-drink discounts while listening to live tunes, experimental performance art, and the amusing musings of host Tito Slack.
Open Mic Tuesdays at Ellátó Ház
The covered courtyard stage of this easygoing nightspot provides the rain-or-shine setting for open-mic parties every Tuesday night between 8:30pm and 11:30pm, and the free-spirited nature of this musical fiesta makes this a magnet for truly unique acts from near and far. The venue’s spacious setting and booming sound system make this an appealing place for musicians trying out new material.
Address: Budapest 1074, Dob u. 19
Mika Tivadar Mulató és Kert (Closed)
One of Kazinczy Street’s best live-music venues transforms its main taproom into a relaxed performance hall where diverse talents shine every Wednesday during 8pm-11pm. Hosted by the gregarious guitar-playing Budapest impresario BG since 2015, this is one of the city’s most long-standing open-mic nights, and thus attracts an impressive lineup of diversely accomplished players almost every week.
The world’s most famous ruin pub invites everyone to stand in the spotlight during this weekly open-mic event held each Friday from 8:30pm to 11:30pm, starring Budapest-based talents and traveling musicians alike. At this well-equipped extravaganza, performers are provided with two mics, an acoustic guitar, an acoustic bass, and a cajón drum – everything a small band needs for its big breakthrough gig.