For the most part, the Long Island nightlife scene has a history of “come-and-go.”
There are places like Shine’s in Long Beach and Finnegan’s in Huntington that have reached the century mark (both turned 100 in 2012), and Fire Island hangouts like Flynn’s in Ocean Bay Park and The Kismet Inn that predate World War II. But for the most part, the majority of the bars, lounges, concert halls and clubs that have ever opened on LI have rarely survived successfully for more than a few years.
When discussing the many spots that had made a splash during their existence, those familiar with nightlife will talk about such former powerhouse/now long-defunct venues as Malibu in Long Beach, Spit in Levittown and CPI in Hampton Bays – which were places that scoffed at the notion that neighboring New York City had all of the action. With spaces large enough for hundreds of guests, (much like The Emporium in Patchogue is today), some of the biggest names in popular music played these memorable hangouts, and it was never out of the realm of possibility that a celebrity or two would show up to mingle.
Currently, much of the Island’s late-night crowd tends to end up at smaller saloons and clubs, with most of those establishments not doing events much larger than hosting DJ nights or local bands – which can certainly be enjoyable, but rarely do any of these spots carry the “destination” sort of personality that those aforementioned former large hangouts promised. However, on Sept. 20, one of the surviving major hotspots that still features lots of room, big spectacles and large turnouts will be bucking both the common trends of early demise and of teeny parties -- as Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall is turning 30 years old, and is doing so with a big show.
Since the 1980s, Mulcahy’s has grown from a basic pub into a location that hosts well-known bands and events, some involving very famous people. Now 30, it is one of LI’s few (and presently Nassau County’s only) still-active late-night, nightlife mega-venues, and to mark its birthday, it will feature a performance from band Big Shot. Led by frontman (and Miller Place-native) Mike DelGuidice, Big Shot has been a heavily followed act on the Island for at least a decade, and is best-known for its renditions of Billy Joel songs (as well as some hits from other artists) – with its popularity strong enough to even inspire Joel himself to join DelGuidice and his band on-stage to perform in the past.
The show starts at 9 p.m., with a lead-in session of “Dueling Pianos” beforehand at 6 p.m. For admission price and other information, call 516-783-7500 or visit Mulcahy’s online at muls.com and facebook.com/mulcahyspub.
Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall: 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh, 516-783-7500