So far, 2013 has not been a banner year for nightlife on Long Island.
That doesn't mean the existing hot spots were necessarily short on “heat,” as the crowds have definitely been out and about as usual, But whatever the reason (LI’s financial situation and the destruction caused by superstorm Sandy have been cited as causes by some), so far the usual new class of nightclubs, bars and lounges expected seasonally have been especially small.
Since the year began, only a few fresh opportunities joined the scene -- American Social Kitchen & Cocktails in Seaford, Madison & Main in Sag Harbor, Hudson on The Mile in Freeport and the summer-only Pink Elephant @ Sienna Ultralounge in East Hampton most notably -- while standards like Middle Country Beer Garden in Centereach, Sugar in Carle Place, McFadden's in Rockville Centre, South Pointe in Southampton and both Huntington spots Black Lantern and Huntington Social -- all closed for good. Needless to say, the options for late-night fun so far -- since January -- have been somewhat limited.
But things may be on an upswing. For example:
-- Cleary’s By The Water opened in August on Freeport’s Nautical Mile.
-- On Sept. 26, a club named “LOVE” opened in the former Sugar space.
-- Although there is no firm date, the Facebook page that once belonged to McFadden's is now titled Parlay Rockville Centre (as of this writing) and it shares the same street address.
With these prospects on the way, one can hope the year will end with strong party potential.