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A post-parade peek at Parlay

People patronizing a sneak preview of Parlay Gastropub

People patronizing a sneak preview of Parlay Gastropub in Rockville Centre on March 22, 2014. Credit: Ian J. Stark

Following the village's St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday, the streets of Rockville Centre stayed busy well toward midnight.

It’s not that a social place like RVC ever needs any added inspiration to reach high levels of merrymaking during a weekend -- but with dozens and dozens of people present, wearing green clothing, green beads and other St. Paddy’s Day  gear deep into the post-parade evening it was clear that good times were particularly prevalent on both ends of Park Avenue, the village’s main strip for pubbing and clubbing.

However, at the same time, two blocks over from that flurry of festivity, Parlay Gastropub was also cutting loose -- for the first time.

Located at 210 Merrick Rd., Parlay is a new establishment, but its address is well-known to regular RVC fun seekers as the former digs of the now-defunct McFadden’s – a bar that attracted a large pack of the young and rowdy.

The management of Parlay has expressed that its main business will be serving food, but will stay open late to feature a nightlife component envisioned to be more reserved than that of its predecessor. Its menu won't be available until the grand opening weekend (scheduled for Friday, April 4), but after the parade it gave an early preview of what’s behind its doors.

The scene inside was full of go, as men and women wearing emerald-colored shirts and hats filled the space, many sampling Parlay’s wide assortment of craft bees. The selection offered brews designed to be sold in weizen glasses (made to hold wheat beer), snifters, or by the pint and in a can. Choices ranged from offbeat (but still familiar) options as Angry Orchard, Great South Bay and Wells & Young to such extraordinary suds as the Dark Horse Brewing Co.’s Scotty Karate and the U.K.-brewed pale ale Old Speckled Hen.

A number of biergarten-styled benches were lined against the wall for seating – but word is these will be placed in the back section of the long, TV-lined room once Parlay is fully in business – and for the night DJ Doug O’Mara (best known as a resident mixer at Beach Bar and Boardy Barn in Hampton Bays) helped fill that portion of Parlay as he spun a session of dance floor hits.

Naturally, it’s too early to note how things at this pub will possibly evolve until the food and regular mood are established, but if the response that this special occasion generated holds fast, it’s a good bet that this location could once again become one of Rockville Centre’s main destinations for nightlife.

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