Sacramento Area Poetry Venues

Places to experience great poetry in Sacramento

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••• Enjoy poetry in a variety of venues throughout Sacramento. Image courtesy of the Sterling Hotel

The poetry community is strong in Sacramento. Many non-poets haven’t been to a reading or slam. For poetry newbies, here is an alphabetical list of some of the area’s venues.

 

A Taste of Laguna

 

  • When: Every Monday, starting 8 p.m.
  • What: Spoken word, deejay, slam and open mic
  • Address: 9080 Laguna Main, Elk Grove
  • Phone: (916) 691-5272
  • Admission: $5
  • Directions

 

Bistro 33

 

  • When: Every second and fourth Tuesday night
  • What: Featured poets
  • Address: 226 F. St., Davis
  • Phone: (530) 756-4556
  • Directions

 

Capitol Garage

 

  • When: Every Wednesday, from 10 p.m.-midnight
  • What: Featured poets and open readings
  • Address: 1500 K St., Sacramento
  • Phone: (916) 492-9336
  • Admission: $5, for 21 and over only
  • Directions

 

The Cobbler Restaurant

 

  • When: Every Thursday, starting 8 p.m.
  • What: Featured poets and open mic; there are plans to expand.
  • Address: 3520 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento
  • Phone: (916) 613-0776
  • Directions

 

Griffin Lounge

 

  • When: First Tuesday, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • What: Featured poets, open mic, musicians and singers
  • Address: Memorial Union, UC Davis campus
  • Phone: (530) 752-2525
  • Directions

 

Guild Theatre

 

  • When: Every third Saturday, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • What: Featured poets and open mic
  • Address: 2814 35th St., Sacramento
  • Phone: (916) 737-3333 (Terry Moore) Admission; $3
  • Directions

 

Gwen’s Caribbean Cuisine

 

  • When: Every third Thursday, starting 7 p.m.
  • What: Spoken word, poets, performers, open mic and deejay
  • Address: 2355 Arden Way, Sacramento
  • Phone: (916) 922-3468
  • Admission: $5
  • Directions

 

Luna’s Café & Juice Bar

 

  • When: Every Thursday, starting 8 p.m.
  • What: Spoken word, poetry, music and open mic
  • Address: 1414 16th St., Sacramento
  • Phone: (916) 441-3931

 

Queen Sheba's Restaurant

 

  • When: Every Saturday, from 3 p.m.-5p.m.
  • What: Featured poets and open mic
  • Address: 1537 Howe Ave., Sacramento
  • Phone: (916) 806-3205
  • Directions

 

Sacramento Poetry Center

 

  • When: Every Monday, starting 7:30 p.m.
  • What: Featured poets and open mic
  • Address: 1719 25th St. at R Street, Sacramento
  • Phone: (916) 451-5569
  • Admission: $5
  • Directions

 

Sweet Fingers Jamaican Restaurant

 

  • When: Every Wednesday, from 9 p.m.-midnight
  • What: Featured poets and open readings; cash prize slam on last Wednesday of month
  • Address: 1704 Broadway, Sacramento
  • Phone: (916) 492-9336
  • Admission: $5
  • Directions

 

Unitarian Universalists Society of Sacramento

 

  • When: First Sundays, starting 6 p.m.
  • What: Featured readers and open mic
  • Address: 2425 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento
  • Phone: (916) 481-3312 or (916) 451-1372
  • Directions

 

Wo'se Community Center

 

  • When: Last Saturdays, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • What: Featured poets
  • Address: 2863 35th St., Sacramento
  • Phone: (916) 492-6165 or (916) 455-POET
  • Admission: $5
  • Directions