The Mermaids Mug Nanaimo

Mermaids Mug NanaimoNanaimo's specialty coffee lounge, the Mermaid's Mug in Nanaimo's Old City Quarter, can provide a fun night out in funky, New Age surroundings. The purple and violet décor recreates an underwater world complete with smiling mermaids bearing drinks. The big draw here, however, are the nightly activities which showcase local musical talent.

Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm is Jam & Slam, an acoustic guitar jam session in which the audience is invited to participate. Speed poetry slammin' or rap artists are also welcome on stage. Fridays from 7 to 10 pm it's karaoke – great for families. Sunday there's games afternoon from 2 to 5 pm.

The monthly events at the Mermaid's Mug are something of a Nanaimo institution. The first Thursday of the month is the Songwriter's Circle where you can share your creations or just sit and listen. The last Thursday of the month is the Shack Records Acoustic Night with solo performances by members of local bands and other singer-songwriters. The third Saturday of the month is an Open Mic hosted by Paul Bezooyen and Zlatko. All these events run from 7 to 10 pm.

The Mermaid's Mug, 357 Wesley Street, Nanaimo, tel. (250) 754-6693, opens weekdays from 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (until 10 pm on activity evenings). It's fully licensed.

UPDATE: The Mermaid's Mug has closed for good.

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