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A night in Polynesia - at LI tiki bars

Off Key Tikki in Patchogue has a sandy

Off Key Tikki in Patchogue has a sandy beach lounge area and dance floor overlooking the water. (Aug. 3, 2010) Photo Credit: Doug Young

A trip to Hawaii would be wonderful, but if you're looking for a more local version of a Polynesian night out, a smattering of tiki bars look the part. Frozen cocktails, open-air seating and tropical music are only the beginning. Some of these Pacific-themed venues go all out with beach volleyball and dancing, no grass skirt necessary.

FOR TRUE TIKI ATMOSPHERE

Off Key Tikki

31 Baker Place, Patchogue, 631-475-1723

Talk about tiki overload - this riverside escape is well, paradise, with a white sand beach, palm trees, an outdoor dining area and stage for live music. The scene is mature (men must be over 30), with patrons coming for 3-6 p.m. happy hour most weekdays, if not for a full island-themed dinner menu. Thursdays-Sundays, there's live music and dancing in the sand after 6 p.m. ($10 cover), although everything quiets down by midnight.

GOOD FOR DINING OR DRINKS

The Tiki Bar and Cafe at Shipwreck Tavern

10 Bayville Ave., Bayville, 516-628-2628

The outdoor deck at this nautically themed (and family friendly) restaurant is done up big with carved totem poles, masks and palm trees. Diners can take their meals outside with clear views of the Long Island Sound.

FOR THE BAR CROWD

Dublin Deck

325 River Ave., Patchogue, 631-207-0370

COVER $10

Thursday through Sunday nights, this bi-level bar and grill draws hoards of casually dressed 21- to 30-year-olds to its outdoor bars, which have thatched roofs supported by plastic bamboo. "This is an amazing place," says Matt Goldapper, 23, of Holbrook. "You never know who's going to show up." Spotted so far this summer: "Entourage" star Kevin Connolly and Angelo "Teary Tool" Giannakos from VH1's "Tool Academy 3."

Landshark Tiki Bar & Grille

43 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport, 516-223-5100

Come summer, the string of restaurants and bars along Freeport's Nautical Mile can be one continuous festive party. Landshark is among the smaller venues, but plenty of patrons pull up a stool to the long, open-air bar Wednesday-Sunday for $3 drafts and $4 margaritas until 7 p.m. Live bands and DJs often entertain the crowd, which ranges from patrons in their mid 20s to 40s.

INDOOR TIKI BARS  

Tiki Bar in Long Beach

832 W. Beech St., 516-608-0018

The hang-10 culture in Long Beach is a fitting accompaniment to this laid-back local favorite, decked out with flowery paint and surfboards affixed to the walls. There's a big crowd for $1 tacos on Tuesdays.

Ollie's Point

140 Merrick Rd., Amityville, 631-264-7712

This intends to attract the post-college crowd with its raucous beer pong and Jell-O wrestling events. Still, the motif is a mix of tiki and surfer. DJs and bands play nightly, with the indoor bar serving up tropical cocktails such as the Shark Attack Punch ($12) (Stoli vodka, Blue Curacao, blueberry schnapps, lemonade and Sprite.

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