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Where to hear rock music on Long Island

On Long Island, many nights out involve DJs spinning dance and hip-hop music. If you're craving the sounds of wailing guitars (and other instruments), there are plenty of places that still stage live shows starring local (and regional) bands, while other spots offer DJ nights focusing on rock tunes.

From heavy metal to blues, classic tunes to modern styles, here's where rock music rules after dark.

--Compiled by Ian J. Stark

Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall

3232 Railroad Ave. Wantagh, NY; 516-783-7500 This popular
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3232 Railroad Ave. Wantagh, NY; 516-783-7500

This popular venue plays host to plenty of cover bands and almost A-list music acts. Outside, there's a courtyardlike patio for nicer nights plus a year-round smoking section.

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Amityville Music Hall and Tavern

198 Broadway, Amityville,, NY; 631-827-6537This dance club and
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198 Broadway, Amityville,, NY; 631-827-6537

This dance club and lounge hosts live music and DJ events and has a full bar stocked with craft beer.

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The Emporium

9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue, NY; 631-627-8787 This bar
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9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue, NY; 631-627-8787

This bar features a sunken dance floor, a beer garden, a bowling alley and way, way more. The party goes on until at least 2 a.m. every day of the week.

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The Sunset Grill

4068 Sunrise Hwy. Seaford, NY; 516-785-4952 Every Friday
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4068 Sunrise Hwy. Seaford, NY; 516-785-4952

Every Friday and Saturday night, dozens of patrons come to this local spot to see bands that specialize in classic and bluesy rock tunes, performing anything from The Beatles and Rolling Stones to Steely Dan and Pink Floyd.

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The Leaky Lifeboat Inn

3603 Merrick Rd. Seaford, NY; 516-804-3203 This rock
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3603 Merrick Rd. Seaford, NY; 516-804-3203

This rock joint features a jukebox with tons of heavy metal and heavy rock tunes. he decor is unusually artsy, with cigar-box guitars and colorful artwork on the walls, while blackboard space positioned above the bar features frequent drink specials.

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EvenFlow Bar and Grill

150 E Main St Bay Shore, NY; 631-665-9696This
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150 E Main St Bay Shore, NY; 631-665-9696

This pub and grill features live rock shows frequently.

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Blue Parrot Lounge

5460 Merrick Rd. Massapequa, NY; 516-797-5908 This lounge
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5460 Merrick Rd. Massapequa, NY; 516-797-5908

This lounge brings in classic rock bands that cover hits, as well as karaoke and open-mic nights.

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The Velvet Lounge

10 Woods Corner Rd. East Setauket, NY; 631-751-7575
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10 Woods Corner Rd. East Setauket, NY; 631-751-7575

Situated right near Stony Brook University, this bar attracts a college crowd, and has rock and acoustic bands, as well as local DJ's, perform frequently.

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