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A Blarney Stone to kiss at Flanagan’s in Ronkonkoma

The Flanagan?s Pub Blarney stone. According to the

(Credit: Flanagan’s Pub)

It’s not news that there are dozens of pubs located across Long Island – and in the competition for customers, bars have been known to renovate, hire hot local bands or start serving the latest in cocktails and craft beer in order to grab attract patrons. On the other hand, as promotions go, the adding of a new rock – as in a real stone – is not exactly a typical move.

However, Flanagan’s,...

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Nightlife at Althouse 1848 in East Rockaway

The patio of Althouse 1848 in East Rockaway.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Aside from Reel and a few smaller taverns, native nightlife options are limited in East Rockaway – a hamlet featuring only a handful of bars – but anyone keeping count can chalk up a fresh opportunity in Althouse 1848.

For the most part, Reel (1 Main St., 516-341-7222; the former site of The Fishery) is the busiest late-night stop in East Rock. A waterside restaurant and public house, it offers...

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Dark Horse Tavern debuts in Farmingdale

Dark Horse Tavern in Farmingdale made its debut

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

It may have been only hours old, but somehow the Dark Horse Tavern in Farmingdale felt well-established during its Friday night debut.

Perhaps that sensation is partly due to the fact that this pub, a sibling of the original Dark Horse Tavern in Rockville Centre, has visibly been under construction for several months, during which -- unlike most businesses that hold off until the last stages...

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Guido's goes from Irish Pub to Retro Bar

Guido?s Retro Bar in Wantagh on May 30,

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

If and when rating the nightlife scene currently found in Wantagh, it's likely most people would give high marks to the massive, 30-year-old Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall -- a well-attended hangout that features sizable shows and hosts high-profile events -- but the hamlet known as "The Gateway to Jones Beach" can also boast of several tinier bars that, while not as mighty as Mulcahy’s, are still...

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A Saturday scavenger hunt across LI

A scavenger hunt map, part of the flier

(Credit: Long Island Roller Rebels)

Whether one finds inspiration in the thrill of a quest, the chance to help support a local cause or just the prospect of possibly winning free drinks, some athletic local ladies have put together a challenge that might be a grabber for all the aforementioned: an LI-wide scavenger hunt.

Put into motion by the Long Island Roller Rebels -- the area’s all-female roller derby league -- this expedition...

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Parlay Gastropub opens for business in Rockville Centre

The crowd at Parlay Gastropub in Rockville Centre.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

As of the first weekend in April, Parlay Gastropub in Rockville Centre officially opened for business.

Its actual arrival had been a point of nightlife discussion for most of the past year, starting when the tavern that was previously located at Parlay’s current address – McFadden’s RVC – announced it would be shuttering in May of 2013. Regularly drawing a young, raucous lot that interfaced...

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Parlay Gastropub is (finally) on the way

Construction continues on the soon-to-open pub ?Parlay RVC?

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

It was a bit of a surprise for some when -- back in April -- McFadden’s RVC (210 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre) announced it would be closing down, going out with a “farewell tour” of parties before shuttering in May. The tavern was easily one of LI’s busier spots at the time, often frequented by a large crowd of young men and women who patronized its themed bashes and appreciated its wild, dance-on-the-bar...

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‘Penciling’ in Mondays at Kreators

A journal awaits guests to open and add

Usually, when a spot is referred to as sketchy, it’s a reference to expectations of there being a possibly problematic scene -- but at Kreators Bar in Mount Sinai, management hopes all their clientele come in and get “sketchy,” so to speak.

There are few bars (if any) on LI that are as art-minded as Kreators -- as the work of local artists is available daily to view and purchase off the walls,...

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Ringside Bar comes out swinging

Ringside Bar at 247 S. Broadway in Hicksville.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Hicksville is not exactly a bar-stacked town. In fact, there are only a couple of dedicated late-night stops, and one of them was No Limits -- which is now no more.

After almost two decades in existence, the simple, mostly-locals bar closed its doors in 2013. However, a new tenant has moved into the No Limits former digs, one armed with both a fresh game plan and a brand new look.

As...

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Meeting and meatballs at That Meetball Place

The sign over That Meetball Place in Patchogue.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

In a time when misspellings are almost an expected occurrence (see social media posts and Long Island highway exits for examples), it’s easy to assume upon first seeing the sign for That Meetball Place in Patchogue that its orthographical error is to be yet another blow to the collective psyche of area English teachers – however, in this case it’s no mistake.

In fact, a quick check of the...

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