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Off-season hot spots for 20-somethings

Summer’s done — time for off-season fun. If you’re a member of Long Island’s millennial crowd looking for popular stops where the crowd leans under-30 in age, check out these spots — and for the record: the over-30 set can have good times at these hangouts as well.

Long Beach

On the east side of the Long Beach
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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 Thursdays with bingo plus DJ beats on Saturday nights (832 W Beech St.; 516-442-1338; jettylb.com). Meanwhile, the classic standby Minnesota’s (pictured) is under new management but remains a nightly destination (959 W Beech St.; 516-431-0280, minnesotaslb.com) with an ever-changing calendar of promotions. The Inn is a fine stop for DJs beats and live music that leans toward indie Fridays (943 W Beech St.; 516-432-9220)—and few spots on Long Island reach the level of busy-ness that The Beach House (912 W. Beech St.; 516-705-8674; thebeachhouselb.com) draws on Friday and Saturday nights, as millennials come in droves to party in its large barroom with lots of room to dance; watch for live music kicks at 6 p.m. on weekends followed by a DJ at 9 p.m.

Patchogue

One could argue that this hamlet's village is
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One could argue that this hamlet's village is currently the hottest, busiest "patch" (no pun intended) of nightlife on LI, where lines form to enter several taverns and restaurants late at night like nowhere else. Throngs of millennials can be spotted waiting to enter Indigo (32 W. Main St.; 631-730-7555, indigopatchogue.com) and Locale (15 W. Main St.; 631-714-5220, localeonmain.com) weekends when DJs play late, and while the Patchogue branch of the Arooga's sports bar chain (1 W. Main St.; 888-882-9464, aroogas.com) is loaded with TVs, it also gets packed for live music and DJ sessions Fridays. Aside from its "Punch Brunch" on Saturdays and Sundays, half-priced mojitos all day on Mondays and its Taco Tuesdays, Rhum (13 E. Main St.; 631-569-5944, rhumpatchogue.com) has an open-air rooftop terrace--and while that hardly sounds friendly for the winter, there are igloos (pictured) perched up there that deflect the cold air; the igloos hold up to six people and must be reserved in advance. 

Rockville Centre

The scene in Rockville Centre is incredibly walkable.
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The scene in Rockville Centre is incredibly walkable. Among the many places one can crawl to and from are Churchill's (18 S. Park Ave.; 516-766-2500, churchillsrvc.com), where football runs on 40 TVs, and guests can get half-priced apps and drink specials during games, both indoors and on the heated patio. For an even less-traveled night, sibling spots Parlay (516-442-2600, parlayrvc.com; pictured) and Mesita (516-282-9900, mesitarvc.com) are neighbors at 210-212 Merrick Rd. Parlay is a nightlife monster, but offers specials when football is in season plus trivia Wednesdays and DJs on Fridays and Saturdays. Miffed there’s no Tuesday shindig at Parlay? That’s where Mesita comes in with Taco Tuesdays, half-priced margaritas on Fridays and weekend brunch to boot.

North Fork

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company THE DRAW: The local
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Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

THE DRAW: The local craft brewers expanded a few years ago from their original tasting space in Greenport (234 Carpenter St.; 631-477-1100) to add a more-spacious option in Peconic with a full restaurant. Bands play on various Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and there’s bingo every Tuesday. 42155 Main Rd.; 631-477-1100; greenportharborbrewing.com

Riverhead Ciderhouse

THE DRAW: The fact that cider is the mainstay makes this spot a singular find, but it’s more than just a place to get adult apple beverages. It’s got two fireplaces and lots of lounge seating, plus board games, corn hole and giant Jenga for play. Live musicians play Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as on other occasions. 2711 Sound Ave., Calverton; 631-591-0217, riverheadcider.com

Long Island Spirits (2182 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow; 631-630-9322, lispirits.com) offers liquors created from Long Island-grown potatoes and other locally-sourced ingredients, while Twin Stills Moonshine Distillery (5506 Sound Ave., Riverhead; 631-779-3199, liooldtymer.com) serves its brand of signature moonshine infusions touched with tastes of various desserts and sweets.

Babylon Village

Rich Kahn, bar manager at The Brixton in
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THE DRAW: If you're not ending your night at a bar or pub, you're doing Babylon Village wrong. Some of the busiest party nights on Long Island happen in the neighborhood that's buzzing with more than a dozen locations. A great start would be Mary Carroll's (121 Deer Park Ave.; 631-581-6181), where grabbing a pint is a unique experience no matter the season. Foldout stools beneath the windows, a wood-burning fireplace and bookcases help it stay true to its "local pub" vibe. A few modern twists elevate the scenery, including a temperature-controlled patio and bathroom that's modeled to appear as if you're inside a glass of Guinness. The energy here is apparent, even past 2 a.m. on weekends when the bar remains buzzing. Choose between 150 whiskeys, 33 beers on tap and bar food served daily until 3 a.m.

Not far down the block is Lily Flanagan's Pub (345 Deer Park Ave.; 631-539-0816, lilyflanaganspub.com ), an Irish pub that turns into one of the town's buzzy nightlife spots come the weekends. Friday nights are a huge hit, and DJ Epic -- who's been spinning since the pub opened in 2007 -- is one of the reasons. Stick around late for more of a nightclub feel. The Local (7 Depot Place; 631-983-8900, localbabylon.com) is footsteps from Babylon's LIRR hub and takes inspiration from the station with interior MTA signage. Drop in for a rotating tap beer list and handcrafted cocktails. It's known for its weeknight events, including "Boozy Bingo" Monday nights (you get a bingo card with drink purchase) and classic board game and Nintendo play Wednesday nights.

Over at the Post Office Cafe (30 W. Main St.; 631-669-9224, lessings.com), a DJ spins at 9 p.m. Saturday nights (and some Fridays). Its happy hour here has been a Babylon staple, with deals like $7 martinis running 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Spot Monsoon Steak & Sushi (48 Deer Park Ave., 631-587-4400, monsoonny.com) by the red light that glows through the windows like a beacon at this hot spot. Inside, there are two levels for dining and the menu is highly rated (Newsday once gave its menu of modern Asian cuisine a rare four-star review). But from a club-minded perspective, they offer a Saturday night dance party. Guests can enjoy bottle service; sit in a luxurious VIP section where a server will bring your group bottles of wine, Champagne, vodka and tequila. Prices vary; a cover charge may be applied occasionally during holidays and for special events. For a different vibe, The Brixton (111 Deer Park Ave.; 631-587-2000, thebrixtonbabylon.com) is very casual — board games await guests at the end of the bar, and there’s often live acoustic performances evenings Wednesdays through Saturdays. Come by Monday nights and build your own ramen dish, or play bingo on Tuesdays.

Bi-County

A couple of the Island's bustling spots are
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A couple of the Island's bustling spots are doing double duty, with venues in both Nassau and Suffolk. Tap Room first landed in Patchogue (114 W. Main St.; 631-569-5577, taproomofny.com) just as the original local wave of craft beer popularity was taking off. After a few years, the brand expanded into Massapequa Park (1010 Park Blvd.; 516-590-7030, taproomofny.com) and Bay Shore (44-46 Main St.; 631-665-2000, taproomofny.com) with the same focus on fun, cool and unexpected brews. Another smash hit on LI these days is That Meetball Place, also founded in Patchogue (52 W. Main St.; 631-569-5888). It's main meatball-serving focus (and its clever name) makes the spot interesting off the bat, but there is no denying its drawing power (the Patchogue MBP gets so busy there are concert-style sidewalk fences to help organize the line to get in). It too has a Nassau County offspring, located on Farmingdale's Main Street (206 Main St., 516-586-8880; pictured). Both have $19.95 endless meatballs Mondays, bingo on Tuesday nights and DJs late on weekends. (thatmeetballplaceli.com).

More to explore

Napper Tandy’s Bay Shore THE DRAW: Not the
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Napper Tandy’s Bay Shore

THE DRAW: Not the only Napper’s on Long Island (other locations are in Smithtown, Northport), but the Bay Shore venue (pictured) is the newest of the three and draws people from around the Island for DJ parties on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays that regularly stay busy past midnight. Football and other sporting events receive strong attention on its 30-plus flat screens, and there’s live music on Wednesdays. 60 E Main St., Bay Shore; 631-665-0040; nappertandysbayshore.com

Blue Point Brewing Company

THE DRAW: Yes, it’s a huge building—and that’s because it was once Briarcliffe College, and before that the Swezey’s department store, and before that a lace mill—but now it’s a hotspot that draws an afternoon-early evening crowd to its second-story space. Laden with beer garden benches, there’s live music daily upstairs while downstairs and outside dog owners can bring their leashed pooches while humans play lawn games. A cool fact: some of the beer served is actually brewed here (on weekdays), and from the upstairs you can look down on the brewing floor as beer is produced. 225 W. Main St.; 631-977-6800, bluepointbrewing.com

The Clubhouse

THE DRAW: A family-friendly entertainment center at its core, there’s bowling, an arcade, darts and billiards plus an indoor corn hole and outdoor mini-golf—but it’s also got a full restaurant and bar, and as the evening progress it becomes more of an adult playground. Watch for live music and DJ parties plus themed nights offering bingo play, trivia contests and paint-and-sip events, as well as Sunday brunch. 174 Daniels Hole Rd., East Hampton; 631-537-2695, ehitclubhouse.com

Great South Bay Brewery

THE DRAW: Among the first wave of Long Island-based brewers, the tasting room is a large space featuring bar-friendly games like corn hole, darts, board games and foosball—but the main event is the beer, and the taps here pour a changing variety of the brand’s brews—some are seasonal, some are popular favorites, some are created in limited batches. Watch for bingo on Wednesday nights, trivia on Thursdays and occasional live music on Fridays; food isn’t sold inside but food trucks are parked outside most days. Expect a big crowd on weekends. 25 Drexel Dr., Bay Shore; 631-392-8472, greatsouthbaybrewery.com

Finley's

THE DRAW: There’s no denying it: Finley’s is one of the hottest spots on Long Island for people under 30. The formula is pretty simple—DJs spin and bands play come the weekend (in the portion of the double-building layout that lies under the sign which reads “Dr. Finley's Publick House”). However, as basic as that may sound, there are consistently long lines to get in way past midnight. 43 Green St., Huntington; 351-3440; finleyshuntington.com

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