In 2011, the trend of more mature crowds and older scenes filling nightclubs and lounges continued to grow, with spots like Four Food Studio in Melville, Sugar Dining Den and Social Club in Carle Place and Honu in Huntington maintaining a successful run throughout the seasons. Although the idea that people 30-50 years in age are dominating several bars and dance floors all week until late may seem strange to those who rarely seek the DJs, bands, cocktails and other accoutrement found at Island nightspots -- many within the circuit these days are not only expecting a mature group, they are putting out an invitation.
The latest comes from The Nutty Irishman, both from its Farmingdale and Bay Shore locations. Beginning with the Farmingdale venue is offering a new party aimed at those 25 and older titled "Flirty Thirty Thursdays.” Everything starts at 6 p.m. with DJ-supplied dance music, leading to live music at 8 p.m. – with popular cover bands like The Mystic, That 70’s Band and Uppercut scheduled to take the stage. Drinks specials will cover Heineken, Heineken Light and Amstel Light beers as well as wine and martinis for an anticipated crowd between 30-45 years of age. As previously mentioned, the age of admission is 25, with a cover of $8.
The following evening, the Bay Shore ‘Nutty is holding “Retro Fridays” – and while the age of entry is 21, this bash is also geared to appeal to the 30-and-over set with an 8 p.m. live cover band offer of its own. In addition, drink specials like $1 Budweiser bottles and (in a real throwback) $3 Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. are in place to help welcome the older clubgoers. Add that to the Wednesday country music party – where regulars also span 30-50 in age -- and this outpost of the Irishman now features two evenings where those who partied on Long Island during the '80s, '90s and the last decade can continue to do so, all within the company of contemporaries.