Millennials on Long Island are no strangers to a social scene with good vibes and an awesome time. Check out these drink specials, events and more at bars and restaurants across the Island....
Millennials on Long Island are no strangers to a social scene with good vibes and an awesome time. Check out these drink specials, events and more at bars and restaurants across the Island.
The Sloppy Tuna
THE DRAW: This beachfront spot (reopening in 2019 on May 16) with two floors of fun offers a simple American menu, live music and a DJ. Catering to beachgoers, guests are welcome to come in straight from the beach, sandy shorts and all. Guests can mingle around three different bars inside and out, play Jenga and Cornhole, and overlook the ocean on the upper deck. The downstairs area has a bar, a beer pong table and transforms into a dance floor at night. Watch for drinks specials nightly and afternoons on weekends, when live music is also the norm. INFO: 148 S. Emerson Ave., Montauk; 631-647-8000; lisloppytuna.com
THE DRAW: Deemed as a rite of passage for 20-somethings since 1970, the red and white striped tent is home to cheap beer, hot dogs and classic tunes. Don't forget to tip the bartenders to receive the famous smiley stickers and don't wear anything valuable -- it's almost guaranteed that you'll be getting messy (And don't wear orange t-shirts, it's what security wears). Only open on Sunday afternoons from the week before Memorial Day through to the week after Labor Day (opens for 2019 on May 19). INFO: 270 Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays; 631-728-9733; boardybarn.com
Montauk Brewing Co
THE DRAW: With the motto "Come as You Are," the Montauk Brewing Company "embodies the spirit of the town," at their red barn located behind the main shops and bars, and a short walk from the surf. Beers are available on tap in an evolving rotation, which at time includes limited batch items, so be sure and ask what's new. INFO: 62 S. Erie Ave., Montauk; 631-668-8471; montaukbrewingco.com
THE DRAW: If you're looking for a Sunday Funday spot on Fire Island, Flynn's (pictured) is the place to be. Bring comfy shoes as you'll get plenty of chances to dance as the King Wellington reggae band plays outside while DJs spin inside. The attire is casual and frozen drinks are served. "It's Fire Island," said manager Luke LaPenna. "It's a great place to mingle and meet people. There's lots of single people that are out to have a good time." INFO: 1 Cayuga St., Ocean Bay Park; 631-583-5000; flynnsfireislandny.com
THE DRAW: In the heart of Ocean Beach, Houser's is home to good music and views of the Great South Bay, with a front-row seat to view a Long Island sunset. A snack, appetizer and food menu is available outside and there's a full service bar with a pool table inside. You'll find drink specials each day until sundown, which attracts a young crowd. "Some people refer to Houser's as a 'dive bar' but I take great pride in that because we're an old establishment," said proprietor Brian O'Handley. Houser's is open through Columbus Day. INFO: 785 Evergreen Walk, Ocean Beach; 631-583-8900; housershotel.com
Ferry schedules from Bay Shore to Fire Island can be found at fireislandferries.com.
THE DRAW: On the main strip of bars in Rockville Centre, Kasey's (pictured) has happy hour from 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, there's a DJ downstairs with different drink specials throughout the night. Rooftop 32 is 25 and older, and one of Long Island's only rooftop venues, featuring live bands and DJs. For updates, check out Instagram. A great spot for night owls, the crowd tends to start as a mix of all ages (over 21 of course) following the after-work crowd but past midnight expect a bustling scene of twenty-somethings.
INFO: 23 N. Park Ave.; 516-766-5049; kaseysrvcny.com
THE DRAW: A quick walk from the train station, Churchill's has two bars -- one indoor and one outdoor, which features heat lamps and a spacious seating area. A casual atmosphere and full menu makes it a perfect place to grab a bite to eat as well. During happy hour, appetizers are half-priced. INFO: 18 S. Park Ave.; 516-766-2500; churchillsrvc.com
THE DRAW: Many visit this popular spot in Babylon Village, which used to be an actual post office, to watch sporting events and eat loaded tater tots and a juicy burger. With eccentric decorations on the ceiling, such as a carousel horse and Uncle Sam on a bike, the Post Office is in walking distance from the Babylon train station. INFO: 32 Montauk Hwy.; 631-669-9224; lessings.com/post-office-café
THE DRAW: Right under the LIRR train trestle, Lily's hosts a happy hour Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. Weekends also feature a dance party led by long-time resident DJ Epic (pictured) from 10 p.m.-3 a.m., and the HD flat screens run sports, especially during big games. INFO: 345 Deer Park Ave.; 631-539-0816; lilyflanaganspub.com
THE DRAW: Owned by an Ireland native, this bar and beer garden has almost three dozen craft beers on tap and serves pub food until 3 a.m. The ambiance of the bar and dining room--think brick walls, a book case and a fire place--has the feel of a true Irish pub. INFO: 121 Deer Park Ave.; 631-587-6181, no website.
THE DRAW: Everyday there's something different at the Dublin'. Located along the Patchogue River, it's open during the warmer months (opens for 2019 on May 3) and has a busy event calendar. Tuesday, you can build your own burger, while Wednesdays are country nights with line dancing and live country bands. Party bands play live Friday nights, and Saturdays mean all day fun with live music and DJ sessions. Sundays start early with a 10 a.m. breakfast that's accompanied by a steel drum band and $5 beer specials, followed by bands at 4 p.m. Not satisfied with typical nightlife-style fun? They've got a sandy volleyball court too, with league play available. "The whole vibe is great, we have palm trees and tropical tiki stuff," said manager Mark Miller. "As soon as you walk in you feel like you're on vacation. It's a playground for 20-somethings." INFO: 325 River Ave.; 631-207-0370; dublindeck.com
Village Idiot Pub
THE DRAW: Where being silly is encouraged, the Village Idiot features specials during all NFL Games and other major sporting events. Wednesdays offer all-you-can-eat wings for $15 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. plus live music until 11 p.m., while Fridays host live music followed by a DJ. Breakfast is served Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m.-noon but Sunday nights also feature a 7 p.m. poker night.INFO: 8 E. Main St.; 631-289-8471; villageidiotpubli.com
THE DRAW: In the heart of the Long Beach bar scene, this two-leveled hotspot has live bands and DJs on weekends, plus drink specials every day of the week, and Tuesdays you'll find $1 tacos. Big sporting events always get TV time here, including UFC matches.INFO: 516-432-9220
THE DRAW: Located in the heart of the West End, this spot offers a laid-back vibe, decorated with surfboards and serves casual Tex-Mex food. Live music rolls out at several points over the weekend and will play on the pation come the warmer months. Cabana also deserves credit for being among the earliest eateries on the Island to do a Taco Tuesday, which still provides $1 tacos (with a two-drink minimum), and a $23.95 brunch happens Saturday and Sunday from noon-3 p.m. (buy one entree, get unlimited bloody marys, select beers and mimosas). Looking for Ladies Night? Cabana flips it with "Man Night" Thursdays offering $5 margaritas and $4 select drafts.INFO: 1034 W. Beech St.; 516-889-1345, thecabanalbny.com
THE DRAW: On the east side of the Long Beach west end fun strip that is West Beech Street, the personality at Jetty Bar & Grill is party-friendly, kicked off Wednesdays with Beer Pong tourneys, plus trivia on every first Thursday (team sign-up fees apply). Live music is scheduled Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. INFO:832 W Beech St.;516-442-1338,jettylb.com
Nautical Mile, Freeport
Tropix on the Mile
THE DRAW: Tropix (pictured) is a seasonal outdoor lounge on the water in Freeport with a restaurant menu. The ambiance and palm trees make this spot vacation-like. "The excellent DJs and bands and extra-friendly staff makes it enticing to young people," manager Donna G. said. Happy hour is Monday through Friday, noon to 7 p.m. with half-priced drinks. Mondays, the Dueling Pianos dinner and drinks show is from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays plays host to a coed volleyball league, with deals on drinks and apps after 6 p.m. INFO: 395 Woodcleft Ave.; 516-623-8767; tropixonthemile.com
THE DRAW: With outdoor seating, casual attire and views of the water, Bracco's features dance parties and a seafood-powered menu. With palm trees and a sandy courtyard open to the breeze, it's easy to party in this often-bustling summer hangout INFO: 319 Woodcleft Ave.; 516-378-6589
THE DRAW: Located in the heart of Huntington village, Vauxhall (pictured) serves gourmet burgers, vegan food, cocktails, taps and cans. It tends to stay busy until late, and there's often a steady flow of musicians and artists hanging out, making for an inclusive scene that should keep the hip happy; DJ Beso spins on Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. during brunch. Check out Vauxhall on Instagram for updates. INFO: 26 Clinton Ave.; 631-425-0222; vauxhallhuntington.com
THE DRAW: At Finley's in Huntington village, you'll find live music and DJs working Fridays and Saturdays. Expect a big crowd, and often a line to get inside, but that's just proof of its popularity with the under-30 set. Happy hour Monday through Friday runs from noon-8 p.m. INFO: 43 Green St.; 631-351-3440; finleyshuntington.com
The Nutty Irishman (323 Main St., Farmingdale)
THE DRAW: With the motto "cold beer, great music, good times," The Nutty Irishman (pictured) hosts one of the Island's most successful country line-dancing parties on Tuesdays, while people looking to dance to more mainstream beats will find DJs and bands playing there on both Friday and Saturday evenings. INFO: 323 Main St.; 516-293-9700; thenuttyirishman.com
That Meetball Place (206 Main St., Farmingdale)
THE DRAW: "A place to meet and have a ball," this bar and restaurant has live music weekend evenings, and happy hour specials Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Head back Tuesdays for 8 p.m. bingo nights, and female barhoppers should further note that Wednesdays here mean $5 martinis, $5 cosmos and half-priced wine by the glass for ladies, plus everyone can get select bottles of wine half-priced. INFO: 206 Main St.; 516-586-8880; thatmeetballplaceli.com
Croxley's Ale House
THE DRAW: A tavern with craft beer and pub food, Croxley's has happy hour at the bar Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m. with $5 select drafts, $9.95 "mega" margaritas and a buck off all pints and drinks (at bar only). Wings (40-cent boneless, 50-cents bone-in) are available 4 p.m. until kitchen close Mondays and Wednesdays, noon-till-kitchen close Sundays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Furthermore, as the Croxley's chain has been doing since the 90's, it's one of the first venues to embrace the concept of craft beer in a mainstream bar setting, so its brew menu is always worth a look INFO: 190 Main St.; 516-293-7700; croxley.com