Candles are the only form of illumination allowed at The...

Candles are the only form of illumination allowed at The Cortland in Bay Shore when it throws one of its “Power Failure” parties. The next edition is set for Thursday, Dec. 26. Credit: Ian J. Stark

For those looking to go out and party late at night on Christmas Day, The Cortland in Bay Shore will be turning on its lights and opening for business at 8 p.m.

The Cortland will also be in operation on Thursday, Dec. 26, but on that occasion – despite the fact the doors will be open – the lights will not be on at all.

Problems paying the electric bill, you wonder? Not quite – in fact, this is a purposeful blackout, as the Bay Shore bar will once again be holding a “Power Failure Party,” starting at 8:30 p.m.

Known for throwing some of the most unique events found anywhere on the LI nightlife circuit, The Cortland has done this previously on several occasions, including times when there actually wasn't any power. However, in this case the juice will simply be switched off, and the only illumination will come from candles and the house’s faux fireplace.

The evening will also feature live music from popular Bay Shore musician Justin “J-Haus” Haus (performing acoustically, of course) and attendees will also receive edibles via s’mores-making kits. No cover; for more information visit The Cortland online at

The Cortland: 27 W. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-206-2220

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