The Open Mic is back and we celebrate!

October is going to be a hot month! 40 years ago the Fiddler’s Elbow, the first Irish Pub in Rome, opened its doors. And 10 years ago a young Irish man started a little international event known as the Open Mic, which was a first in Rome as well and has become a household name today.

Join us on thursday, meet like-minded locals and travellers, enjoy the live music, taste a cool Guinness and, if you like, perform on our stage! The Fiddler’s Elbow awaits you for the most authentic Open Mic event in Rome – every thursday, starting 9pm. #TogetherWePlayBetter

Open Mic at Fiddler's Elbow

Open Mic Rome – The Original. Every thursday at The Fiddler’s Elbow.

The Fiddler’s Elbow proudly presents the Open Mic Rome. An innovative, fun, new way to experience and discover music, meet new people and test your music skills. Get social. The Knight of the Open Mic sais: “And ye shall dance dance, sing, feast, make music and love.” Now starting at 9pm!

The event is streamed live to, starting 10.30pm, so your fans, family and friends can watch your performance from abroad!

For last-minute announcements check out


How does it work?

You’re a musician? Sing and play!

We bring together local and international musicians and provide the stage, the instruments, the mics. You think you got what it takes? Show it! The Open Mic is a great way to share your passion! (And if you’re lucky we’ll publish your video on our youtube channel:

You’re not a musician, but you like music? Discover new music!
We work hard to get the best musicians on stage. How nice is it to listen to a story from far away, thanks to the many travelling musicians that have played on our stage. We allow all genres, and chances are that there is something for you, too! Follow the open mic live on twitter: @openmicrome #openmicrome

Meet people!
The Open Mic is a great event for networking. With so many artists, professionals, expats and travellers, the event is full of open-minded people, just like you. So what are you waiting for?

The Fiddler’s Elbow
Via dell’ Olmata 43 Roma

9pm until 1.30am

How much?


:::FAQ (Frequently asked questions):::

Q: I’m a musician. How do I signup?
A: Simply send an email to with your name and the date of the Open Mic Night that you’d like to perform at.

Q: How many songs can I play/sing/perform?
A: Every artist can play up to 2 songs. On some nights we have well over 20 musicians, so we want to make sure that everybody gets a shot. Once everybody had a chance to play we start over and musicians have the chance to play two more songs.

Q: I don’t play an instrument. Can I bring an iPod/Karaoke track?
A: The Open Mic is not a Karaoke event (no offense to Karaoke events), but we understand that it’s not always possible to bring your band with you, so yes, it is possible.

Q: I’m not a musician. I do standup comedy or write poetry or [insert your super-artistic skill here]. Can I still perform?
A: Absolutely! If you have something to share we’d love to hear/see/experience it. In this case the performance is limited to up to 10 Minutes.

Q: Is this event for musicians only?
A: This event is open to everybody! In fact, we encourage exchange between musicians, travellers, locals etc. We think it’s great to share your stories!

Q: How do I get to the venue?
A: You can either get there by bus, by metro or even by tram, all of which are within or less than 5 Minute walking distance. The closest metro stops are Vittorio Emanuele, Termini Train Station and Cavour. Busses stop at S. Maria Maggiore. (right around the corner) and the Tram stops in Via Farini or Via Napoleone (depending from which side you arrive).

Q: Can we reserve tables?
A: We try to keep a table reserved for you, but the venue works on a first come, first served basis, so it is not always possible to have a fixed table set aside. But simply ask the host (Sal) during the event or the friendly staff behind the bar for seating and we’ll make sure you’ll get a great spot. Also don’t be shy to make new friends and sit with people you don’t know. After all, it’s a great way to make new friends!

Q: Do I have to pay to participate at this event?
A: Nope, it’s all free and will stay that way forever.

Q: Do I need to bring my own instruments?
A: We provide two acoustic guitars, a bass, a piano and all the microphones. So if you play any of those instruments, you’re more than welcome to use ours.

Q: I prefer to use my own guitar/bass. Can I bring it?
A: Sure! You can bring your own instrument if you prefer.

Q: Are there any drums?
A: We don’t have a fixed drumset (some musicians bring a cajón), but we try to organize them once a month. If so, we will publish it on our facebook page.

Q: I have more questions! Who can I talk to?
A: Just write an email to or send us a tweet: @openmicrome and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!


You may also wanna take a look at:

The event on facebook, last minute announcements, photos and videos:

The official Youtube Channel:

Live tweets (with photos) during the event:

For our couchsurfers:

Our website with last minute annoucnements:

Meet locals. Meet musicians. Meet travellers. Meet couchsurfers. Share your experience. Share your music.