The Empty Bottle is a nice solace when you're surrounded by monotony every day. When you come here, there's life, youth, and creativity filtering through the air. Music varies, but for the most part, you'll find your alternative/indie bands. The lineups are pretty good, energetic and entertaining, and not necessarily always for the pretentious. Beware, you will find pretentious people,but aren't we all victims?
Drinks can be super cheap, and they have specials. I like that they have a raised floor area across from the stage so that everyone can try to see. It reminds me of a basement or a party, but a little more organized.