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 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; 631-827-6537
This dance club and lounge hosts live music and DJ events and has a full bar stocked with craft beer.
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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 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 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; 631-665-9696
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 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
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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