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Wearing flip-flops at party stops

While dress codes are usually in effect, some

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It’s hard to imagine that anyone who has ever spent even just a single night out at a club, bar or in any other social setting isn't aware that footwear is a weighty issue that falls most heavily on women.

Even when attempting to avoid any insinuation of gender pigeonholing, it’s hard to evade the fact that while gentlemen generally get away with sporting either comfortable dress shoes or...

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‘Jaws’ on a big screen in Bay Shore

A scene from the classic "Jaws" (1975) directed

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Although the facts are probably not necessary to use in order to directly entice locals into viewing the classic movie "Jaws," the 1975 killer great white shark thriller does happen to have direct connections to Long Island.

For example, it is a widely-held belief that author Peter Benchley was inspired by the late Montauk shark hunter Frank Mundus when penning his "Jaws" novel that Steven...

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The Cortland is going way back (with Wayfarers)

A couple of Wayfarer sunglasses, monogrammed with ?The

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Leave it to one of Long Island’s coolest spots to find a way – as in “wayfarers” – to appropriately inject something simple and fun into an offbeat concept and make the mix jell.

Come Thursday, April 10, The Cortland in Bay Shore (a pub once deemed to be the coolest on LI by Newsday) is hosting its latest “Cortland Mortgage & Investment Co.” event, a bash where the bar gets decorated like...

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'The Princess Bride,' pub-powered

Actors Robin Wright and Cary Elwes in a

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On the chance you have never watched the 1987 film "The Princess Bride" and aren't sure if it’s your cup of tea, a trip around the World Wide Web should reveal several ringing endorsements.

Just type the title into any search engine, and you'll find it’s an extremely well-reviewed motion picture that receives not just the adulation of critics, but ongoing expressions of affection from...

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Caffeine and creativity combine for ‘Sip and Paint’

The walls of Sip This coffeehouse in Valley

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Familiar with the concept of a “Drink and Draw” event? It’s not exactly your average night on the town — as it involves spending a session at a spot handcrafting while enjoying beverages throughout.

Long Island first witnessed such happenings at The Cortland, a pub in Bay Shore that specializes in craft beer and unique parties. The pub has been holding these gatherings on a semiregular basis...

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Drink & Draw: paint plus pints

The Cortland in Bay Shore. (Dec. 22, 2013)

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It's not hard to imagine that the mind of an artist could be invigorated by views of Greenport Harbor. Peaceful yet heavily traveled by boats and ships, its entirety -- from the Greenport village docks to the horizon -- could serve as a solid subject for painters seeking inspiration.

Then again, if you feel it would only take two pints of Greenport Harbor to bring your brush to life, a trip...

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Power Failure Party at The Cortland

Candles are the only form of illumination allowed

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For those looking to go out and party late at night on Christmas Day, The Cortland in Bay Shore will be turning on its lights and opening for business at 8 p.m.

The Cortland will also be in operation on Thursday, Dec. 26, but on that occasion – despite the fact the doors will be open – the lights will not be on at all.

Problems paying the electric bill, you wonder? Not quite – in fact,...

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The return of Winterfest

The 2013 holiday card from podcasters ?The Beer

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It was the very end of 2010 when The Cortland in Bay Shore first arrived on the LI nightlife scene, offering events and parties not often found elsewhere on the Island.

Fast-forward to now and the pub is still going strong, with a number of those unique promotions and events (such as Rock-Paper-Scissors tournaments, film screenings and art showings) transforming from novel get-togethers into...

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Bay Shore bars to help Jon Thomas workers

Volunteers from the Bay Shore, West Islip and

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Early in the morning on Thursday, Dec. 5, a fire broke out at the Jon Thomas Inne in Brightwaters. It affected the kitchen, dining area and bar, as well as some of the apartments above the long-lived pub and restaurant.

With a history that dates back to the 1920s, the near-90-year-old venue has damage that will take several weeks to repair, which in turn means many of the Inne’s staffers will...

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Dr. Madd Vibe has a pair of LI appointments

Fishbone band member Angelo Moore AKA "Dr. Madd

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If you were involved with LI’s alternative music scene during the 1980s and '90s, you may recall lots of the college students and other young people of that era wearing T-shirts featuring a distinctive, day-glo drawing of a fish skeleton – which indicated that the wearer was likely a fan of the band Fishbone.

Known for its signature ska-inflected, punk-meets-funk rock sound, Fishbone occasionally...

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