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Have guests for the holiday weekend? Consider these bars and clubs

11. The mature scene The lighting is dark

11. The mature scene

The lighting is dark but the mood is bright at Sugar, "a dining den and social club" that opened in 2010 in Carle Place. In 2011, it remained a premiere place to go on the Island -- but it caters to a 30 year-old-and-over crowd first. With the success of Sugar, as well as Four Food Studio in Melville and Honu in Huntington -- all top destinations that feature a "mature" scene -- the days of club nights being dominated by 20-somethings are no more.

Visit Sugar Credit: David Pokress, 2010

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us – and with so many people receiving guests between Wednesday (November 23) and Sunday (November 27), chances are some of those visitors will be looking for some entertainment. Here are a few last-minute parties that cover the many different styles of what club-goers and bar-hoppers from all points may be looking to do while on the Island:


“A Sugar Covered Holiday” at Sugar Dining Den and Social Club: 246 Voice Road, Carle Place, 516-248-7600, 

If you’re looking to show your guests a busy night, Sugar is a good bet; it’s been one of the most successful stops for nightlife on the Island since its arrival last year. It will feature a long Thanksgiving Eve party (Wednesday, November 23) that starts at 7 p.m. with a performance from The Mystic wedding, event and club band followed by DJs Riz and Serg playing popular club music until close (cover is $10 for guys, free for ladies). Then, after a turkey-day break, Black Friday night (November 25) has That '70s Band playing party music starting at 10 p.m. (Everyone in free before 9 p.m. or with dinner purchase, $10 after/ without). 


“Bassaholics Anonymous Meeting” at the West Palm Saloon: 61 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, 631-239-6082, 

If your guests are fans of underground sounds, this event will feature hard acid trance, hardstep, breaks, house and other bass-powered genres of music that appeal to a dedicated section of the dance music community. DJs include Subrox, Mike Martian and Neorev, with a party start of 9 p.m. Cover is $5 until midnight, $10 after – and being that the West Palm Saloon is only slightly less than 400 feet from the Northport LIRR station, it’s a good choice for those looking to avoid the extra-active roads. (Wednesday, November 23) 


“Thanksgiving Night Rock, Paper, Scissors” Tournament at The Cortland: 27 W Main St., Bay Shore, 631-206-2220 

This stop known for craft beer and an easy-going, hip personality does this event many a Thursday…and Thanksgiving won’t be any different. Starting around 9 p.m., the pub holds its "Rock-Paper-Scissors" hand-tournament with the rules as always: Two contestants call out a hand "shoot" (usually on the count of three) -- upon which both participants will throw a either a hand (paper), a closed fist (rock) or two fingers in V-formation (scissors). The rules: paper covers rock, rock crushes scissors, scissors cut paper. The player whose choice destroys the other wins. Those interested should come down a bit early and sign up – and the bar is offering some holiday-inspired incentive in a complimentary Thanksgiving-themed buffet. (Thursday, November 24) 


“Thanksgiving Eve County Hoedown” at Matty T’s Roadhouse: 356 Commack Rd., Deer Park, 631-667-6868, 

While Long Island nightlife tends to gravitate toward dance, pop and hip-hop, most American cities and towns offer several spots to enjoy country music. However, as of late, Suffolk County’s long-running honky-tonk Matty T’s is back in business, and starting at 9 p.m., DJ Neil will spin that cowboy sound while the crowd indulges in a night of line-dancing. (Wednesday, November 23)


“Art Is Hard: It Comes To Life” at The Leaky Lifeboat Inn: 3603 Merrick Rd., Seaford, no phone

If your houseguests are still around come Sunday night, here is a chance to send them off after a visit to one of the Island’s more unique events: an art show in a bar. At the end of each month, the Lifeboat gives a select group of local artists, creators and creative minds a chance to introduce and sell their work to visiting patrons – with the sellers keeping 100% of the profits. Similar to bars more usually found in areas like Brooklyn and San Francisco, guests can peruse the paintings and sculptures, meet the artists and, of course, spend the night in this hip, relaxed and often-busy bar. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (Sunday, November 27)

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