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Best bars and clubs for birthday parties on Long Island

A group of ladies at the bar at

(Credit: David Pokress, 2009)

Lines at the door, waiting on bartenders, sharing space with strangers sometimes you want to celebrate in public, but with VIP amenities. Here are some spots that have private party deals that will make your party their priority. --Ian J. Stark

  • Inside the Changing Times Ale House in East

    Changing Times Ale House $$ | Pub, American, Sports bar 526B Larkfield Rd. East Northport

    PRICE: Packages range from $26.95-$39.95 per person.

    MINIMUMS: 20 people, for at least two hours.

    THE DEAL: Hot buffet, appetizer platters, house or top-shelf open bar (depending on package).

  • The exterior sign of Changing Times American Sports

    Changing Times American Sports Bar & Grille $$ | American, Pub, Sports bar 29 East Main St., Bay Shore

    PRICE: Packages range from $40-$62 per person.

    MINIMUMS: 15 people, for at least two hours.

    THE DEAL: Appetizer platters, trays/passed hors d’oeuvres, house or top-shelf open bar, draught or craft beer options (depending on package).

  • Stacey Holder of West Islip shows her team

    Changing Times Pub Farmingdale Sports bar, Nightspot, Pub 1247 Melville Rd. Farmingdale

    PRICE: Packages range from $23.95-$36.95 per person.

    MINIMUMS: 20 people, for at least two hours.

    THE DEAL: Hot buffet, house or top-shelf open bar (depending on package).

    VIP AREA: Designated area that can include space for a DJ or live music.

  • Critic rating 2
    Honu Kitchen and Cocktails in Huntington. (July 20,

    Honu Kitchen & Cocktails $$$ | American, Eclectic 363 New York Ave. Huntington

    PRICE: Packages start at $25 an hour

    MINIMUMS: 10 people, for at least two hours

    THE DEAL: Guests wear wristbands, upgrades for passed hors d'oeuvres, buffets, pasta and carving stations available.

    VIP AREA: Upstairs loft.

  • Beer on tap at Kasey's American Grill at

    Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails $$ | American, Nightspot 23 N. Park Ave. Rockville Centre

    PRICE: Packages start at $25 an hour

    MINIMUMS: 10 people, for at least two hours

    THE DEAL: Guests wear wristbands, upgrades for passed hors d'oeuvres, buffets, pasta and carving stations available.

    VIP AREA: Private party rooms or roped-off area available.

  • A DJ entertains the crowd on a Friday

    Library Cafe $$$ | Lounge, American 274 Main St. Farmingdale

    PRICE: Sun-Thurs: $31.95-$38.95; Fri-Sat: $36.95-$43.95 (per person)

    THE DEAL: Food is buffet or sit-down dinner. With house wine and draft beer: $31.95 Sun-Thurs, $36.95 Fri-Sat. With 3-hour open bar: $38.95 Sun-Thurs, $43.95 Fri-Sat.

  • Critic rating 1
    Maxwell's American Bar & Grille is a saloon-style

    Maxwell's $$ | Pub, American 501 Main St Islip

    PRICE: Sun-Thurs: $31.95-$38.95; Fri-Sat: $36.95-$43.95 (per person)

    THE DEAL: Food is buffet or sit-down dinner. With house wine and draft beer: $31.95 Sun-Thurs, $36.95 Fri-Sat. With 3-hour open bar: $38.95 Sun-Thurs, $43.95 Fri-Sat.

  • Critic rating 4
    The bar at Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge

    Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge Sushi, Restaurant, Steak 48 Deer Park Ave. Babylon

    PRICE: $15 an hour

    MINIMUMS: 10 people, two hours

    THE DEAL: Drinks as a bar tab and charged upon consumption. Passed appetizers.

    VIP AREA: The “Chef's Room” upstairs or a private room downstairs.

  • Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall , 3232

    Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall Music, Rock and more, Dance club, Rock music, Sports bar, Nightspot, Pub 3232 Railroad Ave. Wantagh

    PRICE: $30-$45 an hour, per person

    THE DEAL: Three-hour open bar with appetizers: $30. Three-hour top-shelf open bar with dinner entrees: $45.

  • RoofTop 32 is above Kasey's Kitchen and Cocktails

    Rooftop 32 $$ | Lounge, New American 23 N Park Ave, Rockville Centre

    PRICE: Packages start at $25 an hour

    MINIMUMS: 10 people, for at least two hours (available April-Oct.)

    THE DEAL: Guests wear wristbands, upgrades for passed hors d'oeuvres, buffets, pasta and carving stations available.

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