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Celebrate New Year's Eve impromptu -- and without reservations

Tap beers are served in beaker-style glasses at

Tap beers are served in beaker-style glasses at Brewology in Speonk. Photo Credit: Doug Young

Hold the silly hats and loud noisemakers. And forget the four-course dinners that drag on until midnight. Because that kind of New Year’s Eve is simply not for everyone.

For free spirits who'd rather mark the occasion with spontaneity — and without reservations — we give you some places to hit spur-of-the-moment. And early in the evening, before the crowds descend.

Brasserie Cassis, 387 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview, 516-653-0090,

Bid adieu to 2014 the French way — with frog’s legs, escargots or a big pot of mussels. Plus pommes frites, of course. Eat at the bar and wash it all down with a glass of bubbly.

Swingbelly’s Smokehouse Beachside BBQ, 909 W. Beech St., Long Beach, 516-431-3464

Be among the first to check out the new ownership, chef and menu at this BBQ spot where a pulled pork platter, 12-hour brisket tacos or Kansas City ribs may be had at the bar (or a table) with one of  the 16 interesting beers on tap. Like Pork Slap Pale Ale.

Mara’s Homemade, 236 W. Jericho Tpke., Syosset, 516-682-9200.

Channel your inner Cajun at the bar with a bucket of crawfish paired with Saison d’Ecrevisses, a Louisiana beer brewed especially for a meal of “mudbugs.” From 7 p.m. on, you’ll also find live jazz and dancing.

BBD’s — Beers, Burgers, Desserts, 49 Rte. 25A, Rocky Point, 631-849-1620,

Chef-owner Ralph Perrazo is featuring some rare and unusual beers on tap for the occasion. Try one at the bar, with a burger or bowl of ramen. Vegan and vegetarian choices, too.

Doppio Artisan Bistro, 24 Clinton Ave., Huntington, 631-923-1515

Grab a pizza, a panino or a pasta with a glass of wine at the bar of this hip-casual Italian spot.

Espana Tapas & Wine Bar, 655 Middle Country Rd. St. James, 631-656-1564,

While small-plates restaurants abound on Long Island, this is one of the few authentically Spanish ones. Come early and order tapas and wine at the bar — the way Spaniards do.

Brewology, 295 Montauk Hwy. Speonk, 631-801-6221,

Think beer and pretzels — warm, wonderful pretzels, dunked in house-made mustard, eaten with one of the 24 craft beers on tap. Find them at the bar of this new Speonk gastropub.


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