NYC Comedy Clubs
The Bruiser troupe, which is led by Alan Starzinski (front right). Courtesy, Backline Studios
10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens
There's always some sort of party going on at this Long Island City hotspot: on Thursdays, you'll find free music in the lounge; on weeknights, there's a two-for-one margarita happy hour; and during the summer, the outdoor beer garden is jumping with sweaty patrons all day long. The Creek is also home to free comedy shows in the theater, plus a kitchen serving up Baja-style Mexican food, including "big dog" burritos, which are large enough to feed more than one frat brother.