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Long Island nightclubs where 2 a.m. rocks

Waitresses dance on a side table at Sugar,

Waitresses dance on a side table at Sugar, "a dining den and social club" that opened May 6, 2010 in Carle Place. (May 6, 2010) Photo Credit: Photo by David Pokress

Having to wake up early the next morning compels most of us to end our adventures out and about before midnight - or earlier, especially on a weeknight. But there are some places where the crowd is only just starting to build at that hour, with guests regularly sticking around into the wee morning hours to dance, socialize, sing karaoke or grab a (very) late-night snack.


573 Nesconset Hwy, Hauppauge, 631-979-0400,

Cover: Usually $15

The late crowd: Mostly 20-somethings

The scene: There are only a few true nightclubs on Long Island, places that have a serious dance floor and regularly bring in celebrity artists for live shows. Silk is one, drawing a massive late-night crowd Thursdays-Saturdays to its cavernous building, where there's a lively club scene. Among recent notables who've put on shows: Lucas Prata, Reina and DJ Chris Vargas. The line to enter often starts building in the 10 p.m. hour.


246 Voice Rd., Carle Place, 516-248-7600,

The late crowd:  Mid-30s and older.

The scene: While the "dining den and social club" stays open late most nights, the crowd swells Thursdays through Saturdays, when cars are backed up to the last row of the parking lot past 2 a.m. Inside, the mostly middle-aged crowd dances to club music. "I really love to go dancing any night I can," says Donna Cafiero, 46, of Oceanside, who was on the floor at 2 a.m. on a Friday.


The Velvet Lounge
10 Woods Corner Rd., East Setauket, 631-751-7575,

The late crowd: Unpretentious, often casually dressed folks of all ages.

The scene: The nightlife extension of the Curry Club restaurant, The Velvet Lounge is a small venue that has built an eclectic following - it's a scene that's often hip but relaxed. The crowd peaks Fridays and Saturdays, when live hip-hop, reggae or rock bands often play ($5 cover). Late birds also hang out Thursdays, singing karaoke until 2 a.m. or later. The Tuesday "Feel the Beat" bash is its own affair, with cutting-edge dance and alternative music you'd expect at a trendy Brooklyn nightspot.


Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails
23 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, 516-766-5049,

Cover: $5

The late crowd: Mostly 20-somethings

The scene: Rockville Centre has several hot spots that draw a healthy crowd until 2 a.m. In terms of sheer volume and consistency, it's hard to beat Kasey's, a contemporary steak and burger restaurant that morphs into a bar scene after dinner winds down Thursday-Saturday nights. Be prepared - this is a lively but loud scene, with DJs playing hip-hop, reggae and dance music to a crowd that's packed elbow-to-elbow.


Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main St., Amagansett, 631-267-3117,

Admission: $10-$100 (varies by performer)

The late crowd: Lots of regulars, 30-somethings to 50-somethings.

The scene: This East End mainstay scales its live performances way back to weekends only in fall - but the crowd still comes, often sticking around especially late on Friday. "Sometimes, I don't even get here until after 1," says Ron Reinhardt, 39, who lives in East Hampton. Upcoming performances include New Live Crisis ($20, 10 p.m. tomorrow) and the '80s tribute band Rubix Kube ($10, 10 p.m. next Friday).


Little Vincent's Pizza
329 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-423-9620

Consider it Huntington's after-party spot. Pass this tiny pizzeria at 2 a.m. on weekends, and you're bound to see droves of hungry 20- and 30-somethings waiting in a line that snakes down the sidewalk. Most have walked over from one of the village's nighttime hangouts to grab a slice of hot pizza, which is served until 4 a.m. (It closes at 2 a.m. weekdays.)


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