When young professionals unwind after work, more and more are going to experience a new form of art: spoken word poetry. Unlike recitations of regular poetry, the verses are often spoken with a cadence similar to rap. Plus this art form is accessible to all, many venues will heartily welcome a performance from anybody -- even you. If you want to listen to the scene with your friends and maybe unleash your inner artist, here are 5 of the top open mic places in the Metro.
Top 5 Places that Host Open Mic Nights
1. Staple and Perk
Staples and Perk is a bakery that lends a cozy space to its patrons – both diners and artists alike. It boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, white brick walls, and towering ceilings. Plus, it’s food is great. Here, it’s not only your tummy that gets filled but your poetic heart as well. Its open mic nights are held every second Saturday of the month.
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Address: Ecoplaza Bldg. 2305 Chino Roces Ave. Makati City
2. The Warrior Poet Art Cafe
When it comes to the local art scene, The Warrior Poet in the underground scene of the Cubao Expo is the real deal. It is the place for those who love art, poetry, writing, or merely the company of those who do so. Swing by this quaint little nook if you’re looking for an amazing night of poetry.
See the latest about The Warrior Poet Art Cafe on Facebook.
Address: 64C Cubao Expo, Cubao, Quezon City
3. Moonleaf Tea Shop
What started as an old-fashioned tea shop in the city became a hit spoken word destination that proves milk tea goes well with poetry. Milk tea lovers and poetry enthusiasts alike come in droves to the shop’s Makati and Maginhawa branches for their live acoustic sets and open mic nights that are best enjoyed with a refreshing milk tea -- or a mic -- at hand.
Check out Moonleaf Tea Shop on Facebook to see what they’re up to!
Address: 103 Maginhawa St. Teachers Village, Diliman, Quezon City
4. Conspiracy Garden Café
A place to unwind and immerse in classic and contemporary art, Conspiracy is known for its gig nights that often feature local music icons including the likes of Ebe Dancel, Joey Ayala, and Noel Cabangon. It also colors the night with a magnificent lineup of performances from comedians, magicians, and of course, spoken word artists.
Visit Conspiracy Garden Cafe on Facebook for updates and their monthly schedule.
Address: 59 Visayas Ave. Quezon City
The intimate yet eccentric vibe at Mow’s makes it an ideal venue for many local performances and poetry nights. Its small space guarantees that all the attention will be focused on the stage. Whether you will try to overcome your stage fright or merely sit back with a beer at hand, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable night at your favorite bar in Matalino.
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Address: 20 Matalino St, Diliman, Quezon City
These locations are only some of the top places to unleash your hidden poetic talent. They are proof that the art of spoken poetry is very much alive and thriving.
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