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Fun ways to have a drink, Long Island-style

Long Island has no shortage of pubs, bars, restaurants and lounges that serve adult beverages -- but certain LI spots feature unique amenities that make having a beer, glass of wine or cocktail a bit more interesting. So before heading just anywhere for a libation, consider checking in at these special local hangouts. --Ian J. Stark

With free hot dogs at Black Sheep Ale House

Beer lovers can find 25 brews on tap
Photo Credit: Vincent Minutella

Beer lovers can find 25 brews on tap plus over 75 more by bottle at Black Sheep Ale House. In addition, the Mineola pub (78 2nd St., 516-307-1280) provides free hot dogs to its customers, with ketchup, mustard and relish available to add if desired. (Feb. 25, 2015)

Rest your drinks on Lite Brite at The Nest

The Nest (382 A East Meadow Ave., East
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

The Nest (382 A East Meadow Ave., East Meadow, 516-227-6378) is covered by retro decor -- including movie and music posters, antiquated electronic devices and a case filled with figurines from TV's "The Simpsons" -- but in the back guests will find a table for drinks illuminated by the classic toy "Lite Brite." The bar shines as well, with a drink menu featuring dozens of beers and martinis. (March 11, 2015)

While playing bar games at The Cortland

The Cortland in Bay Shore (27 W. Main
Photo Credit: Barbara Alper

The Cortland in Bay Shore (27 W. Main St., 631-206-2220) specializes in serving locally sourced wines and craft beers, but its reputation for original events has brought the pub acclaim (such as "Pen-Pal Night," "Drink-N-Draw" nights and classic movie hostings). Its premiere event: the weekly Thursday night Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament. Pictured: The Cortland in Bay Shore on Thursday nights holds informal games like Rock-Paper-Scissors. Here, Mike Goldense faces off against Patricia Apostolides. (Jan. 12, 2012)

Playing classic video games at The Leaky Lifeboat Inn

Forsaking Halo and Assassins Creed for Mario and
Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

Forsaking Halo and Assassins Creed for Mario and Luigi, The Leaky Lifeboat Inn (3603 Merrick Rd., Seaford, 516-804-3203) hosts a throwback bash every Sunday where bar patrons can take a crack at such classic consoles as PS2, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, and Nintendo GameCube. Pictured: Claire Blackmore, of Farmingdale, and Allison Hili, of Levittown, play Super Mario 3 during retro video game night at the Leaky Lifeboat Inn in Seaford. (Nov. 17, 2013)

While classic movies play at Swallow

The drink menu at Swallow in Huntington (366
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

The drink menu at Swallow in Huntington (366 New York Ave., 631-547-5388) is extensive, featuring a selection of beers, wines, spirits and specialty cocktails. All the while, classic films show on a large screen (muted, as separate music plays) to provide ambiance. (Feb. 28, 2015)

On the roof at Rooftop 32

On top of Kasey's Kitchen and Cocktails in
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

On top of Kasey's Kitchen and Cocktails in Rockville Centre sits Rooftop 32 (23 N Park Ave., 516-766-5049), a seasonal open-air lounge featuring a full bar located a flight of stairs above the bustle of Park Avenue. Pictured: Sabrina Thomsen, 27, left, Jessica Ross, 28, center, and Jessica Dibrita, 29, all of Rockville Centre, take advantage of the nightlife in their hometown by having cocktails at Rooftop 32 at Kasey's Kitchen and Cocktails on North Park Avenue on June 6, 2014. Dibrita recently purchased a condo in Rockville Centre near her job.)

Underground at Brix and Rye

Beneath the streets of Greenport, Brix and Rye
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Beneath the streets of Greenport, Brix and Rye (308A Main St., 631-333-0870) serves a selection of wines, beers on draft and signature cocktails. Enter through its candlelit, mostly unmarked foyer and head down a flight of stairs to find this speakeasy-like spot that also occasionally hosts musical performances. (Aug. 2, 2014)

On a sandy, manmade beach at Pop’s

A flip-flop friendly restaurant, bar and nightclub, Pop's
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

A flip-flop friendly restaurant, bar and nightclub, Pop's Seafood Shack & Grill in Island Park (15 Railroad Place, 516-432-7677) turned its courtyard into a sunbathed, sandy hangout decked with colorful beach chairs where guests can sit and sip on frozen concoctions. (July 5, 2013)

Watching the sun set at Cedar Beach Bar & Grill

Found along the Long Island Sound, Cedar Beach
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Found along the Long Island Sound, Cedar Beach Bar & Grille in Mt. Sinai (1 Harbor Beach Rd., 631-928-1747) is a seasonal spot that not only features a full bar and live music, but can also brag of a flawless, unobstructed view of the setting summer sun.

By Huntington Harbor at Prime

Regardless of the season, Prime (117 New York
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Regardless of the season, Prime (117 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-385-1515) ignites the fire pit on its Fantail Deck daily at dusk, and although food is not served in this area, guests can enjoy drinks while basking in twilight views of Huntington Harbor. (June 11, 2012)

In the ring at Ringside

Although Ringside (247 S. Broadway, Hicksville, 516-595-7076) features
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Although Ringside (247 S. Broadway, Hicksville, 516-595-7076) features a boxing ring, a pair of vintage boxing gloves both on display and on its marquee, this neighborhood spot doesn’t fixate on fisticuffs, but instead invites all to enjoy its full bar and calendar of events (karaoke, DJ nights, live music). Bands and DJs use the ring as a performance space, but it’s otherwise open for customers to sit in when enjoying a drink. Pictured: The band Sister Funk plays to the crowd at Ringside in Hicksville. (Feb. 28, 2014)

Drinks with sand in your shorts at The Sloppy Tuna

With no dress code of any sort, beachgoers
Photo Credit: Doug Young

With no dress code of any sort, beachgoers can move from playing in the Atlantic Ocean directly into The Sloppy Tuna without a change of clothes. Located in Montauk (148 S. Emerson Ave., 631-647-8000), it features a restaurant and terrace on its second level plus a nightclub and courtyard on the main floor, with bars both upstairs and down. (Aug. 1, 2014)

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