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Summer 2016 nightlife (and daytime parties) on Long Island

The warm summer weather makes nightlife and daytime parties a hot ticket, and these destinations are loaded with options for drinks, food, fun and laughter.

The Nautical Mile, Freeport

The canal-side stretch of Woodcleft Avenue is well-known
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

The canal-side stretch of Woodcleft Avenue is well-known for its walkability. Dining is always easy -- most venues offer seafood-centric menus and happy hours at restaurant bars. For nightlife, Bracco's (516-378-6589) draws a crowd to its large, sand-filled courtyard and outdoor dance floor, where A-list DJs spin (including "silent disco" sessions after 11 p.m., when the speakers are shut off and guests wear wireless headphones). DJs also spin at Tropix on the Mile (516-623-8767, tropixonthemile.com), while live music is more the mainstay at Hudsons on the Mile (516-442-5569, hudsonsonthemile.net). Bar scenes abound, most notably at E.B. Elliot's (516-378-8776, ebelliots.com), Hurricane Harry's (516-608-5026) and Otto's Sea Grill (516-378-9480, ottosseagrillfreeport.com), the latter of which has been a Nautical Mile staple since 1929. (Pictured: Hudsons on the Mile)

Long Beach

Spending a sunny Sunday afternoon on West Beech
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Spending a sunny Sunday afternoon on West Beech Street can be a lively way to while away a summer day, as venues like Minnesota's (516-432-4080, minnesotaslb.com) and The Cabana (516-889-1345) have been bringing in big crowds for drinks and social times for the better part of a decade, if not longer -- although not quite as long as Shine's (516-432-9248, shinesbar.com), which has been an area mainstay for more than 100 years (circa 1912). Other options include The Saloon (516-432-9185, thesaloonlongbeach.com), The Beach House (516-208-8733, thebeachhouselbny.com) and The Inn (516-432-9220). But if summery beverages are your focus, consider Jetty Bar & Grill (516-442-1338, jettylb.com) on Beech Street's east end -- you might find $5 margaritas on special. (Pictured: The Beach House)

Port Jefferson Village

With the ferry to Connecticut docking here daily,
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

With the ferry to Connecticut docking here daily, the Port Jeff village scene is an interstate crowd wandering between live music spots such as Schafer's (631-473-8300, schafersportjeff.com) and Arden Kitchen & Bar (631-828-1111, wix.com/arden), the latter a floor above Brewology (631-509-1700, brewology295.com), whose upscale whiskey flights and signature cocktails are great fits for fans of unusual adult beverages. For a more offbeat experience, check out the art hosted by Toast Coffeehouse (631-331-6860, toastcoffeehouse.com), a quirky, offbeat spot for art and jazz -- and while coffee is on the marquee, wine and craft beer are popular pours. But for a truly artsy experience, head about three miles west on North Country Road (25A) to Velvet Lounge in Setauket (631-751-7575, velvetloungeny.com), where poetry, paintings and indie music parties are the norm. (Pictured: Arden Kitchen & Bar)

Patchogue

The village's Main Street is booming, and come
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The village's Main Street is booming, and come summer, Patchogue is a South Shore destination. That Meetball Place (631-569-5888) and the Village Idiot Pub (631-289-8471, villageidiotpubli.com) specialize in jammin' live music, while craft beer options abound at Hoptron Brewtique (631-438-0296, hoptronbrewtique.com), Brickhouse Brewery (631-447-2337, brickhousebrewery.com) and The Tap Room (631-569-5577, patchoguetaproom.com). But the biggest nighttime events in town happen off Main at The Emporium (631-627-8787, theemporiumny.com), currently Long Island's most massive nightclub. Come summer, there's also a scene along the Patchogue River, thanks to Off Key Tikki (631-475-1723, offkeytikki.com), with its sandy yard, palm trees and water views. Neighboring Dublin Deck Tiki Bar and Grill (631-207-0370, dublindeck.com) draws a younger crowd, while Harbor Crab (631-687-2722, harborcrab.com) offers an actual riverboat, where patrons can hang out. (Pictured: The sandy courtyard of Off Key Tikki.)

Montauk

The nightlife beat on the Island's eastern tip
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The nightlife beat on the Island's eastern tip is changing, with crackdowns on overzealous patrons. Yet, Montauk remains a place for fun in the sun, starring the trendy-yet-laidback Surf Lodge (631-483-5037, thesurflodge.com), which again plans to host a calendar of buzzworthy indie bands and iconic acts. You don't need to be a lodger at the hip Ruschmeyer's (631-668-2877, chelseahotels.com/us/montauk/ruschmeyer-s/about) to hang at the hotel's many free and public events, including acoustic jam sessions, movie nights and bingo. Sole East (631-668-2105, soleeast.com) is another upscale hotel that hosts offbeat-but-affordable events open to the public, and Gurney's Montauk (631-668-2345, gurneysmontauk.com) is a lock for drinks and water views, regardless of the season. It regularly books free daytime DJ parties on weekends, as does the Montauk Beach House (631-668-2112, thembh.com), so watch social media for cool happenings that aren't announced until almost showtime. (Pictured: Guests play pingpong at Ruschmeyer's.)

Greenport

Much like it has been for more than
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Much like it has been for more than a century, Claudio's Clam Bar and Wharf (631-477-1889, claudios.com/claudios-clambar) returns as the bustling stop for outdoor drinks and live music on the North Fork, while the subterranean spot Brix and Rye (631-477-6985, brixandrye.com) serves an ever-changing menu of designer cocktails that make spending a summer night underground well worth skipping the open air. Local favorite Whiskey Wind Tavern (631-477-6179) keeps it easy with basic drinks and pool tables, while Mexican food bar Lucharitos (631-477-6666, lucharitos.com) rules Mondays with trivia and Tuesdays with tacos. For rarer craft beers, Industry Standard (631-333-2500, industrystandardbar.com) has a selection worth sampling -- and it's right next door to the easygoing Deep Water Bar and Grille (631-333-2168, deepwaterbarand grille.com), good for wings and attitude-free bar nights. (Pictured: Claudio's Clam Bar and Wharf)

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