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Long Island nightlife for the mature crowd

The over-30 night-life scene is alive on Long Island with options ranging from wine-and-cheese cabaret lounges to upscale restaurants that turn up the dance music as dinner service winds down.

Hendrick's Tavern

Michael Tedaldi, center, and Fran Carro from Huntington
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

Hendrick's Tavern (1305 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn): It doesn’t look the part — a restored 18th century home that mixes old-fashioned decor and modern touches — but if you wind your way past the restaurant’s staircases and doorways, you’ll eventually get to a backroom roped off by a doorman. Don’t be intimidated, you can get in without a reservation. Past the sentry, there’s a lounge where a DJ spins to a crowd cutting loose to pop remixes, dance classics and freestyle, which may have hit its pinnacle in the early 1990s but remains big with the Hendrick’s crowd. The weekly bash also often brings freestyle stars in to perform live in the intimate space (think great photo ops). Lisette Melendez, the Cover Girls and George Lamond have already played there this year. When: Thursday nights More info: 516-621-1200, pollrestaurants.com

Revel Restaurant & Bar

Customers gather at Revel for happy hour specials
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

Revel Restaurant & Bar (835 Franklin Ave., Garden City): Freestyle is also on the menu at Revel by the end of the week, with DJs playing that and other dance beats intended to bring in the over-30 crowd as the dinner crowd winds down. Once 11 p.m. rolls around, you might find some dancing, but this group is more about chatting, doing drinks and just feeling the beat. When: Thursday-Saturday nights More info: 516-246-9111, revelrestaurant.com

The Cuban

Dancers perform flamenco and salsa at The Cuban
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The Cuban (987 Stewart Ave., Garden City): The Cuban restaurant’s four-sided bar and dance space can get packed on weekend evenings after 8, when a DJ fires up Latin beats and disco. But it’s the Copacabana shows that are the main event. Held twice on Friday and Saturday evenings, the dance space clears except for a trio of costumed dancers who show off their salsa, cha-cha, mambo and other Latin dance moves. When: Friday and Saturday nights More info: 516-222-0295, thecubanny.com

House of Brews

A long bar, plenty of space for dancing
Photo Credit: House of Brews

House of Brews (1509 Main St., Port Jefferson): While the bar-restaurant hosts live music many nights, the biggest shows are reserved for after 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s a long bar and elevated dining space, plus a full stage and roomy dance floor. Expect veteran tribute bands, country acts and rock. When: Friday and Saturday nights Cover: $10 More info: 631-509-6622

Mouse Trap Cafe

Eve Hearst and Ricky Horn dance to the
Photo Credit: Steve Remich

Mouse Trap Cafe (203 Broadway, Amityville): Live music is the main event at this lounge that, while an indoor affair, places its bar under a trellis decorated with dangling Edison bulbs and faux vines. The staging area is far enough from seating so guests can dance, and the bands that play on Saturdays tend to deliver covers of pop, rock, soul and other sounds that should appeal to the 40-and-over social set. When: Saturdays starting after 8 p.m. More info: 631-691-6600, mousetrapcafe.com

The Nutty Irishman

The Nutty Irishman in Bay Shore has Country
Photo Credit: Barbara Alper

The Nutty Irishman (323 Main St., Farmingdale): Country Tuesdays have become a favorite with regulars who show up in Western boots, cutoff jean shorts and cowboy hats with every intention to boogie to either live bands or DJs spinning line-dance country music. When: Tuesdays after 7 p.m More info: 516-293-9700, www.thenuttyirishman.com

Ringside and Eleanor's Lounge

Tim Langion wears a purple bandana in tribute
Photo Credit: Steve Remich

Ringside (247 S. Broadway, Hicksville) and Eleanor’s Lounge (4103 Sunrise Hwy., Bohemia): Subculture, the long-lived new wave and alt-dance dance party, has survived several venue changes over its 10-plus years in existence, now shifting between these two venues. The night is dedicated to alternative music from the 1980s and ’90s, so expect a (well) over-30 crowd and dress casually, probably in black. When: Fridays after 10 p.m Cover: $5 More info: 516-679-9655, alternativesounds.com/subculture

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