288 Jericho Tpke. Mineola, NY 516-741-6095
WHY GO HERE? Classic neighborhood spot. You get the feel of a classic pub, especially at night when the barroom is warmed by the glow of Christmas lights on the back wall.
LAYOUT: Divided into two major rooms, the building is deceptively long (due to its corner location -- hence the name). One side is dominated by pool action, the other by the bar.
THE CROWD: Mostly a local hang for the Mineola and Garden City crowd, from college-age to dads and moms during the day -- then skewing younger later into the night.
EXTRAS: Start with 15 TVs and speaker boxes that allow sports fans to follow their particular program's audio over the din of the crowd. Add to that billiards, darts, video games and a rarity: a coin-operated "Boxer punching bag machine -- an item more commonly found in arcades.
BOOZE: Straight-up full bar with beer, shots and mixed drinks at the average Long Island rate ($3-$8).
FOOD: American classics and bar grub for under $10.