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Beer gardens on Long Island

Here are a few Long Island beer gardens where you can hoist plenty of German and local brews. Most offer eclectic food to pair with the beer.

Southampton Publick House

Southampton Publick House (62 Jobs Lane, Southampton): There's
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Southampton Publick House (62 Jobs Lane, Southampton): There's rarely a cover (except for some live acts). There also is an outside patio. Since this is also a brewery, patrons can buy beers produced in-house. Although the late-night crowd tends to skew younger, this casual venue has customers of all ages. Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sun.-Thur., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat.; happy hour 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. More info: 631-283-2800, publick.com 

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant (1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square):
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Plattduetsche Park Restaurant (1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square): German-American restaurant with an outdoor area is the closest Long Island gets to a traditional German beer garden, with tables spread across a concrete picnic area. Outdoor bar, bratwurst pit, dance floor and band shell, where cover bands get the party started. Hours: 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, noon-1 a.m. Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun. More info: 516-354-3131, parkrestaurant.com 

Croxley's Ale House & Biergarten

Croxley's (155 Main St., Smithtown): This restaurant is
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Croxley's (155 Main St., Smithtown): This restaurant is the latest Croxley's, which also has brew-driven establishments in Franklin Square (129 New Hyde Park Rd.), Rockville Centre (7-9 S. Park Ave.) and Farmingdale (190 Main St.). German specialties share menu space with sandwiches and burgers, fish-and-chips, mussel pots and chicken wings. Fixed-price menus available. More than 80 lagers and ales are on draft. Hours: Noon-1 a.m. daily. More info: croxley.com 

Prost Grill & Garten

Prost Grill & Garten (652 Franklin Ave., Garden
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Prost Grill & Garten (652 Franklin Ave., Garden City): Prost's patio with three picnic tables is part of the restaurant's sudsy appeal, furthered by Spaten Oktoberfest and Hofbräu Dunkel. Main dining area sports tables made from old bowling alley wood, the German eagle flag, the blue-and-white banner of Bavaria, and a hearty menu with wursts (bock-, brat- and knock-) and merguez lamb sausage. Hours: Noon-midnight Sun.-Wed., noon-1 a.m. Thur.-Fri. More info: 516-427-5215, prostgrill.com 

Dark Horse Tavern

Dark Horse Tavern (12 S. Park Ave., Rockville
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Dark Horse Tavern (12 S. Park Ave., Rockville Centre): This pub provides a boisterous crowd and a laid-back, old world-style place to mingle, watch a game and enjoy bar food. Specializing in craft beer, a hip personality and a seven-hour happy hour, it also features a large courtyard open all year. (Also at 273 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-586-6560, darkhorsefdale.com). Hours: Noon-4 a.m. daily. More info: 516-442-5477, darkhorservc.com

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