EVER so curious, but i'm just after moving to new york and i'm looking for a good bar that'd have live bands, good music, interesting people etc, and if a kind local could point me in the right direction!
just not the trash bar.
even though i.. do want to check out williamsburg again
Otto's Shrunken Head 538 East 14th between Aves A & B.
Every third Monday of the month they have something called SWIIM that I think you'll like. New York bands to follow, I know a ton of them and they often play at places that don't charge a cover and make their money off the music and merch sales. Box Of Crayons, Black Death, The Bloody Muffs, Subject of the Question are just to name a few. You can look those bands up on Facebook or Reverbnation. Black Death's site is http://www.blackdeath.us and the lead singer, Vlad Vizner puts up recommendations all the time. He's got good taste. You can tell him I said so too. lol
C-Squat 155 Ave C, East Village
Double Down Saloon 14 Ave A, East Village
Lucky 13 Saloon 273 13th St, Park Slope
^ Some good ones.
Try just looking in the East Village area, there's always punk bars there.