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Sunday fun at Long Island bars and restaurants

Come summer, the first day of the week becomes the last call to end the weekend on a good note. Enter “Sunday Funday” parties — a movement to eke out just a bit more fun before the looming workweek. Restaurants and bars are obliging with live music, outdoor lounges and other draws that invite patrons to linger for the better part of the day.

Dog Day Brunch

Sunday afternoons have gone to the dogs at
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Sunday afternoons have gone to the dogs at The Refuge (515 Broad Hollow Rd., Melville), where pooches (and their people) can go for Barkin’ Brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The setting: the Italian-Latin-American restaurant’s loungey garden patio. Dogs dine on treats for free. “This is the only place I know of that does this,” says Jason Ojeda, a DJ from Selden who’s a regular with his shaggy puppy, Nike. More info: 631-577-4444, refuge110.com

Dance on the water

On Freeport’s Nautical Mile, Bracco’s is the place
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On Freeport’s Nautical Mile, Bracco’s (319 Woodcleft Ave.) is the place to be on Sunday afternoons for live reggae from Jah Stix, followed by club dancing with DJ Carlos Melange. With a large sandy beach, guests can sit in the sun, order meals, hang at Bracco’s outdoor bar or hit the dance floor. Price: $10 cover. More info: 516-378-6589, facebook.com/braccos

Pig roast on the Great South Bay

Babylon’s waterside Sunday soiree at Tres Palms is
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Babylon’s waterside Sunday soiree at Tres Palms (16 East Ct.) is about relaxing. Sure, you can drive or pull your boat right up to the dock and dine at the full-service restaurant — or hang outside. The music is light (think acoustic guitar) and pork is the Sunday star as guests can order platters pulled from a pig roast that starts serving after 4 p.m. “We came for the roast but ended up eating every app on the menu,” says Claudia Curatolo, 40, a restaurant manager from Islip who comes with her husband, Joe, any Sunday they can. He adds, “It’s kind of like a luau — that sort of feel.” Signature margaritas, $10, include such concoctions as pineapple jalapeño, raspberry and a rosy potion known as the “Pink Cadillac.” More info: 631-482-1465, trespalms.com

Beachy fun

Pop’s Seafood Shack and Grill in Island Park
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Pop’s Seafood Shack and Grill (15 Railroad Place, Island Park) does its Sandbox Sundays party weekly all day, with a DJ rotation plus live music starting at 3 p.m. Pop’s also offers free valet service and boat docking. More info: 516-432-7677, popsseafoodshack.com

On the river

The shores of the Patchogue River are alive
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The shores of the Patchogue River are alive on Sundays. Dublin Deck (325 River Ave.) opens its Sunday doings with a steel drum band playing during brunch followed by live acts starting at 4 p.m. More info: Dublin Deck: 631-207-0370, dublindeck.com

Off key fun

Off Key Tikki in Patchogue has a sand-filled
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Off Key Tikki (31 Baker Place, Patchogue) has a sand-filled courtyard and a fire pit, and wraps the weekend with a 5-9 p.m. Sunday “Sunset Toast” offering live music and a free cocktail when the sun hits the horizon. Price: $10 cover. More info: 631-475-1723, offkeytikki.com

Fire Island

Across the bay, Sunday Fundays are a seasonal
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Across the bay, Sunday Fundays are a seasonal Fire Island highlight. In Kismet, Surf’s Out’s “ShipWrecked Sunday” shindig opens with a $40 bottomless brunch that incorporates beats by DJ Martone later in the afternoon, and gives any guest walking in from Robert Moses State Park Field 5 a gratis take-home cup to use every Sunday. More info: 631-583-7400, surfsout.com

'Epic' parties

Flynn’s in Ocean Bay Park continues to host
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Flynn’s in Ocean Bay Park continues to host its massive afternoon weekly starring DJ Epic and featuring reggae from the King Wellington band. More info:631-583-5000, flynnsfireislandny.com

Park party place

In Davis Park, Casino Bar does its own
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In Davis Park, Casino Bar does its own live music and DJ combo that tends to fill both its outdoor deck and indoor dance floor with revelers. More info: 631-597-9414, casinobarfireisland.com

Upscale -- With a view

Prime in Huntington has its own long-running late-afternoon
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Prime (117 New York Ave., Huntington) has its own long-running late-afternoon “Calypso Sundays” wind down, with live reggae by Therapy Band performing on its spacious deck overlooking Huntington Harbor. More info: 631-385-1515, restaurantprime.com

Greenport Mainstay

The North Fork has a tested Sunday Funday
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The North Fork has a tested Sunday Funday option, too. Out in Greenport, Claudio’s Clam Bar (111 Front St.) — in business since the 19th century — sees its deck fill with fun-seekers weekly for bands performing. More info: 631-477-1889, claudios.com

Island escape

Sure, it’s a trip — but lots of
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Sure, it’s a trip — but lots of people make it every Sunday. Take the ferry to Shelter Island to hang at Sunset Beach (35 Shore Rd., Shelter Island Heights) for its mellow but danceable “Balearic Sundays” parties with deep house beats until 9 p.m. It’s just in time to see the Sunday sun set, but still early enough to get home in time for a decent amount of sleep before the alarm blares Monday morning. More info: 631-749-2001, sunsetbeachli.com

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