With dozens of bars featuring flat screen TVs and thousands of sports fans across Nassau and Suffolk counties available to watch the tubes, there’s no shortage of pub parties built around the Super Bowl, college basketball’s “March Madness” tournament, the World Series — not to mention Ultimate Fighting Championship matches, the most current rage — but surprisingly, come February one of the athletic world’s biggest annual sporting events receives little local fanfare from the Island’s saloon scene.
It’s very likely that even the most casual of NASCAR fans has heard of the Daytona 500 — a happening known by the modest nickname “The Great American Race” — a 500-mile run between stock cars vying to finish first in order to win the coveted Harley J. Earl Trophy. Taking place this year on Sunday, Feb. 24, it garners high ratings and millions of viewers annually during its televised hours — and chances are that some portion of those watching the competition are Long Islanders. However, while most of LI’s taverns are not doing much to entice race fans to abandon the couch come time for the green flag (which tells drivers to start), the Changing Times family of pub-and-grills has something special cooked up for the motor challenge.
Whether you’re closer to the Farmingdale, Northport or Bay Shore locations, it’s no matter as all three will be running the Daytona 500 on several TVs at each. In addition, there will be specials on wings, plus raffles, giveaways and drink specials ($9 domestic pitchers, $3 Pabst Blue Ribbons, $3.50 shots of Jagermeister). For more information, check out the three ‘Times online at either the company’s communal website (thechangingtimespub.com) or equally shared social media hub (facebook.com/changing.pub).
Changing Times Sports Pub: 1247 Melville Rd., Farmingdale, 631-694-6462
Changing Times Ale House: 526B Larkfield Rd., East Northport, 631-368-3255
Changing Times American Sports Bar & Grille: 29 East Main St., Bay Shore, 631-647-7871