Imagine entering the grand foyer of an estate with glittering crystal chandeliers and massive columns. You're greeted by a wrought iron double staircase, which you ascend as if headed to an opulent ball. But, lo, on the third floor, there's a . . . pub, with dart boards, pool tables -- even a shuffleboard court. And depending on the night, there's salsa dancing, karaoke or a Rat Pack-variety band.
This is Pub 1910 inside the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center. Its music and old-school games offer a different way to spend an evening at this early-1900s Gold Coast mansion. "It's very relaxing," says Jean Conran, of Glen Cove, a regular on Fridays when the Les Stanco Group band plays American songbook and jazz standards. "More people should know what's up here."
AT THE PUB
Pub 1910 is unassumingly expansive with a bar, dining area, lounge and two separate game rooms. Decor rises above that at a typical pub, including photos of steamboats and a pair of wooden rowboats mounted with oars. "You're almost stepping back in time, but you're staying modern with all the games and the TVs that are upstairs in the pub," says Joe Gannon the mansion's operations manager.
Standard fare such as sandwiches ($12-$15), fish and chips ($16) and dry-aged New York strip steak ($28) is served. Last summer, the pub started monthly salsa and karaoke nights to piggyback off the growing popularity of the Les Stanco Group's Friday night "Swingin' Affair," Gannon says. It attracts about 50 people -- a sophisticated 40s-and-up crowd.
THE FRIDAY SCENE
In an alcove next to the stairs, the Les Stanco Group transports an intimate audience bobbing their heads to music of days gone by. With a transitioning cast of singers, songs like "The Way You Look Tonight" and "I've Got You Under My Skin" envelop the candlelit room.
In the pool room, Anna Marie Montrony, 44, of Glen Cove, gears up for a game. Montrony says she's returned to the pub more than a dozen times because of "the people."
"They remember my name," she says. "It does seem like a home away from home."
By 9:40 p.m. the music hits an upswing. Several couples twirl around by the bar. Warren Winter, 65, of Glen Cove, says the regulars have become fast friends. Says Winter: "It becomes like a meeting place."
200 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove
INFO 516-671-6400, glencovemansion.com
Upcoming pub 1910 events
A Swingin' Affair
8 p.m.-midnight Fridays
The Les Stanco Group performs jazz and American songbook standards, along with swing and bebop.
8 p.m.-midnight Saturday and 7-11 p.m. March 31
Four costumed salsa dancers give two 30-minute salsa lessons during the evening as a DJ spins music.
St. Patrick's Day celebration
7-11 p.m. March 17
The pub serves traditional corned beef and cabbage along with Guinness-braised short ribs and salmon glazed with Jameson Irish whiskey. Karaoke, too.