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Five new LI nightspots you'll drink up

The dance floor at Aura Light and Sound

The dance floor at Aura Light and Sound in East Meadow has a constantly changing light display. (Oct. 9, 2011) Photo Credit: Barbara Alper

This fall, we're seeing new nightspots with atmospheres that resonate everything from ultrachic Manhattan to totally laid-back -- so, whether you prefer hot drinks, cold beer or clever cocktails, there's something that should please you.

Aura Light & Sound Suite

WHEN | WHERE 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 10 30 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturdays, 1900 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow

INFO 516-794-3091

ADMISSION $10 (free Thursdays)

Things have certainly changed within the walls that used to house The Savannah Club. The fancy sports bar-meets-cigar lounge has been stripped away to form a Manhattan-like megaclub, complete with dynamic lighting and sound. LED displays flash overhead, and powerful dance beats boom through the circular space. Since it's opening in late September, the club has attracted a more sophisticated crowd of those in their mid-20s to mid-30s, dressed in anything between casual shirts to trendy club clothes. There are 19 VIP tables, so decide ahead of time if you'd rather set up in a booth -- $75 buys a bottle of Santa Margherita pinot grigio; $795 gets you an Armand de Brignac "Ace of Spades" Champagne.

Huntington Social

WHEN | WHERE 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday, open until 9 p.m. Sundays, 330 New York Ave., Huntington

INFO 631-923-2442,

This new gastro pub and lounge takes over the second-story spot that once held Chesterfields Blues and Jazz Lounge. The vibe: decidedly Old World speakeasy. There are tables and booths for dining, but the bar is busy most nights with a menu of pretty $12 cocktails, including a "Spiced Fig Sidecar" (fig-infused Cognac, Combier triple-sec, lime, allspice) and "Ramos Gin Fizzle" (Old Tom gin, orange marmalade, seltzer, egg white). Thursday brings live music from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sip This

WHEN | WHERE 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 64 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream

INFO 516-341-0491,

Primarily a coffeehouse, there are brewed beans and baked treats aplenty, but nights here bring all sorts of special events. For hangout purposes, there are tables, couches and chairs where guests can snack and relax or play with the house's board games. In terms of entertainment, Robin Wilson of the rock band Gin Blossoms, has made several guest appearances to sing at the mic. There are weekly magic shows (7-9 p.m. Thursdays), a monthly vinyl records-only open-DJ night (9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday night and every first Friday of the month), plus lots of comedy and art events.

The Black Sheep Ale House

WHEN | WHERE Daily until 4 a.m., 78 Second St., Mineola

INFO 516-307-1280

The newest addition to fuel the wave of craft beer bars cropping up around Long Island, The Black Sheep has dozens of brews on tap and in bottles. Selections include the Greenport Porter (roasted malts, bitter chocolate, rich coffee, mild hops, $6), Brooklyn Brewery's Brooklyner Weisse hefeweizen wheat beer ($6) and the UK-born Young's Double Chocolate Stout ($7.50). Expect a crowd of 20- and 30-somethings.

'Voguish Saturdays' at Aji 53

WHEN | WHERE 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturdays, 1 Miller Place, Smithtown

INFO 631-979-0697,


The trendy Japanese fusion restaurant now clears its backroom on Saturday nights for dancing amid a scene set with a DJ spinning and lots of flashing lights. If you get famished, order bites such as edamame, blue crab fajitas or spring rolls for $10-$12. MTV's "Jersey Shore" star and Long Island native Jennifer "JWoww" Farley christened the space at its grand opening in September -- Raquel Castro, seen on NBC's "The Voice," also performed in October.

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