Brooklyn >Arts & Entertainment > Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.714174 -73.955665
Great place to go! – Damn good music in a friendly atmosphere. The drinks aren't dirt cheap, but they're not overly expensive. I will definitely return
Good place to see a show – This is a good place to catch a band, but other than that nothing really stands out. Some of the rooms are really small which can make the place seem more crowded than it actually is. That can both work for and against the place depending on the atmosphere you are looking for. I've had drinks there that run the gamut of weak to strong and haven't yet been able to figure out if there's any sort of pattern to it. I mostly go there for the music anyway, so drinking isn't really a top priority.
great venue, great layout, good atmosphere, bar staff much to be desired.
Don't you just hate it when you love everything about a place, but one or two bad experiences with the bar staff can put you off ever going back.
After trying to get the attention of another bar tender, in hope of being served by them, three drinks in i gave up. no matter how polite I was, I just got more and more attitude from her, my drinks went from weak to weaker the usual sour face, fine... but $7 for a drink, I expect alcohol in it.
A legendary music venue rocks Williamsburg. – It’s been a long journey (more than 20 years, in fact) for the Knitting Factory, from its original Lower East Side space to Tribeca and finally across the river to Williamsburg. The most stunning element of the venue’s latest incarnation? That would be the huge, soundproof glass windows that separate the main bar from the 200-capacity concert area, providing a great view of the stage even for those just looking for a casual drink. The entry area also sports an old-school vinyl DJ setup to entertain patrons sitting inside the ample leather booths and long wooden tables.
Be forewarned! – This interesting venue has a few rooms downstairs which, based on the other reviews I'm seeing here, must be quite tiny. Despite the fact that I walked downstairs to use the bathroom, I never saw these rooms, which apparently go down some three levels and must be concealed behind doors. When I arrived, I asked the doorman if the band I came to see had gone onstage yet. He assured me they hadn't. BUT FAILED TO MENTION THEY'D BE PLAYING DOWNSTAIRS. I also asked the bartender and she said she didn't know who was performing that night. Long story short, I enjoyed the bands on the main stage but missed my friend's band that I came to see. I guess they just assume all the patrons know about these tiny basement rooms. But I had even been to the Knitting Factory before and seen this same artist perform on the main stage. Geez, when customers ASK about a band BY NAME, be professional enough to direct them to the correct room. Don't assume they are regulars who know about the dark little basement three stories below. Waste of my time and money. Aside from the mix-up, it's a cool place, but that was a dealbreaker.
The haven for all that is experimental in rock, jazz, electronica and neo-classical. – The Scene
The Knitting Factory has become synonymous with all that is experimental in downtown music circles. The club's celebrated history in the avant garde goes back to 1987, when Michael Dorf opened the original Knit on Houston Street. The Knit relocated to its current Tribeca digs in 1994.
Sprawling over three floors and outfitted with four bars, the space offers a good variety of goings-on. The Main Space plays host to the biggest local and touring acts, while the Tap Bar and Old Office host cozy sets by smaller names. The Main Space, with its high ceilings is a great room for music.
not up to par with the LA knitting factory – i have been here over 20 times and it is way too crowded most of the time. the downstairs has a cool bar and playshop...but they need some air conditioning and stop overselling the place to make it enjoyable
only if you love music – ... which i do. i think this place is hit or miss. it really depends on who's playing. the service was very good. it was VERY crowded but then again, it was also a friday night.
Bleh – My friends seem to like this place, but I don't. I went to a show in one of the lower levels. I like to joke that it's like going into one of the layers of hell. So many steps. The rooms are so tiny, with barely any seats and people are squished together. I like to hang out with the bands but I found myself leaving because it was so hot in there. Going upstairs to the main bar was pleasant though. We later went outside to hangout and were told to keep it down because the neighbors complained. So you mean to tell me, you're going to move near to a rock venue and complain about the noise? Please.
overrated – this place over sells their shows. sometimes a decent venue, but for a popular act it is a nightmare. you'll be dangeroulsy crowded, enjoy soaring temperatures and get bumped and elbowed all over the place. additionally, the multiple rooms helps to create a disjointed feel. the overall vibe is just kinda lame when compared to other nyc venues.
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