6 Delancey St., nr. Bowery; 212-260-4700
Pre-tipping-point rock bands and the superlative post-show dig (a basement-level horseshoe bar) make this more than a rock club: It’s a cultural institution.
431 W. 16th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-414-5994
The eclectic programming at this recent addition to the scene has naturally elevated standards.
217 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-260-4700
The epicenter of the dapper New York rock revival (the Strokes, Interpol) is still swarmed nightly with applicants for Next Big Thing status.
361 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., Williamsburg; 347-529-6696
This intimately sized Williamsburg venue is the Factory’s third location since 1987 but still offers the same combination of small-stakes indie rock, underground hip-hop, and oddball one-off events (Hanukkah Gone Metal, the Miss Lez Pageant).
Baby’s All Right
146 Broadway, nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 718-599-5800
Considering Williamsburg’s reputation for raw DIY spaces, the elegant Baby’s All Right feels very done-up. Yet proprietors Zachary Mexico and Billy Jones have an anything-goes spirit, with laid-back parties and live shows that cut across a wide spectrum of experimental, guitar-guided, and sample-spliced sounds.