Live Music: Big-label types arrive here in the hopes of discovering new talent. For cutting edge sounds and up-and-coming jazz, rock, reggae and alternative acts, few places hold a candle to this music club, which boasts a younger sister in Hollywood. A show on the main stage is sure to draw big crowds, but don't let that dissuade you because the Factory draws a much mellower clientele than it did in its younger days. The aptly-named Front Bar features an impressive selection of brews and is a good place to hang out pre- or post show. Cast member on Broad City on Comedy Central, Hannibal Buress hosts Comedy on Sunday nights.TRAIN: 6, A, C, E, J, M, N, Q, R, W, Z to Canal St
Local Expert Maria Lisella Says:
Live Music: "Buy drinks early because later the bar area is tough to navigate, once the place fills up. And don't take a seat in the back."
Best for Live Music Because: Known for concert houses in Brooklyn, Boise, Spokane and Reno, Knitting Factory handles musical artists' careers giving them a leg up when booking big-name acts.