Some nights it's hot, some nights it's not -- that's the way it goes at bars and clubs. Here are seven best bets for something to do every night of the week.
MONDAYS: Golf and Monday Night Football
Where: The Clubhouse at Spring Rock Golf Center, 377 Denton Ave., New Hyde Park
Info: 516-739-0167, theclubhouseny.com
Why: Warm up for the evening ahead on the well-lit driving range, where a bucket of 60 balls goes for $70 (bring your own club or rent one for $3). Then head to The Clubhouse, an on-site pub where you can watch Monday Night Football with two hours of unlimited wings and beer for $20-$30.
TUESDAYS: Country Night
Where: Nutty Irishman, 323 Main St., Farmingdale
Info: 516-293-9700, thenuttyirishman.com
Why: It's not a slow Tuesday night here. Fans of the Southern sound come around in great numbers, filling the dance floor for hours of continuous line dancing. It's a mostly over-30 scene; guys show in T-shirts and jeans while ladies go for jean shorts and cowboy boots just right for some Nashville scooting.
WEDNESDAYS: Trivia Night
Where: Black Sheep Ale House, 78 2nd St., Mineola
Info: 516-307-1280, blacksheepalehouse.com
Why: Trivia nights aren't rare, but playing here means getting access to a deep menu of exotic craft beers. The pub's trivia night is casual, attended mostly by 20- and 30-somethings, but often there's an over-40 presence, too. Players organize into groups as large as six people. Play goes four rounds of 10 questions -- winning a round earns the team a round of drinks -- the grand prize is a $25 gift certificate. Regulars say the questions are rarely easy. "The trick," says Scott Krokowski, 25, of Westbury, "is to bring different friends who know different things . . . and bring someone to do the driving."
Where: RARE650, 650 Jericho Tpke., Syosset
Info: 516-496-8000, rare650.com
Why: Frequented by the 40-and-over set, this restaurant goes club after 9 p.m., featuring a DJ spinning beats ranging from classics to current pop remixes. It gets packed with a well-dressed set -- guys in dress shirts and suits, ladies in trendy eveningwear. People dance all night or head to the sheltered patio for a breath of fresh air (although folks smoke cigars out here).
FRIDAYS: Alt dance party
Where: Subculture at Whoville, 339 Broadway, Bethpage
Info: 516-931-9296, whovillebarandgrill.com
Why: A throwback to the '90s, when many Long Island nightspots hosted New Wave nights, this bash is led by veteran alt DJ Cody with bouncy tracks from bands like Depeche Mode and New Order. Any sort of fashion sense works, but black clothing is a go-to. Regular Tara Turner, 42, a customer service rep from Hicksville, appreciates the personality: "I love this music, and I know lots of the regulars," she said. "And new people are still coming too. . . . Everyone is friendly."
SATURDAYS: Classic club
Where: The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue
Info: 631-627-8787, theemporiumny.com
Why: Expect to put your hands in the air when you get there -- DJs here play hip-hop and dance beats that boom. "It's definitely the biggest place around," says Tony Perso, 32, of Medford. There's a huge, bustling dance floor, sky-high ceiling and sizable courtyard. VIP table service is recommended (call 631-275-6200) but not necessary (expect a cover charge most nights). There is a doorman, so dress to impress.
Where: Mulcahy's, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh
Info: 516-783-7500, muls.com
Why: You won't find alcohol before noon, but sports talk at Mulcahy's kicks off as early as 9 a.m., when WFAN radio personality Mike Francesa broadcasts his show live from the cavernous Wantagh mega-venue's stage. Breakfast sandwiches are available for purchase as guests are allowed to enter and watch Francesa -- and once football begins, fans can enjoy drink specials while watching games on the many TVs, including eight movie screen-sized monitors.