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Thanksgiving Eve 2012: Nassau

A group of women chat and nibble on

A group of women chat and nibble on the desserts at Sugar, "a dining den and social club" in Carle Place. (May 6, 2010) Credit: David Pokress

On the chance you’ve never experienced the festivities that abound on “Thanksgiving Eve” (Wednesday. Nov. 21), know that it is a Long Island nightlife tradition. It's easily one of the biggest evenings for going out all year, since  most people are off from work and/or school on Thanksgiving, and there are many folks home for the holidays--which inspires pubs and clubs to throw special parties with extra entertainment, hoping to draw all those freed-up people itching for fun.

If you are planning to have some T-Eve adventures in Nassau, here are some likely-to-be-lively options (call ahead for cover charges and more information):


Sugar Dining Den and Social Club: 246 Voice Rd., Carle Place 516-248-7600,

The funky 70s-style band Disco Unlimited will be playing from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., followed by dance floor-friendly beats from DJ Serg all night. All First Response emergency personnel receive free admission (with valid work ID). Dress to impress.

Blue Parrot Lounge: 5460 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, 516-797-5908,

Zebra front man and popular rocker Randy Jackson will be playing live starting after 9 p.m.

Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall: 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh 516-783-7500,

Mike Delguidice and his band Big Shot – a tremendously successful Billy Joel/ classic rock cover band – will be performing starting at 7 p.m., followed by DJs DMS and Tune-A-Diks at 11 p.m. (Train bonus: it’s located only footsteps from the Wantagh LIRR station.)

Aura Light and Sound Suite: 1900 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow 516-794-3091,

NYC DJ Paige will make his way to LI to spin a session of fist-pumping beats starting at 10 p.m. Dress to impress; tickets are available online for $10 at strong>, will be more at the door.

McFadden’s Rockville Centre: 210 Merrick Rd. Rockville Centre 516-442-2600,

DJ C-Mos plays party music; the bar will be serving $1 mugs of beer from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. and there will be a pumpkin pie-eating contest, with the winner scoring $250. (Train bonus: the RVC LIRR station is only a few blocks away.)

Rumors: 514 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead, 516-481-8915

House music DJ Johnny Trombetta will lead the night (also with Aaron Banez and Jonathan Matthews) in an evening of dance beats, mashups and pop remixes. Doors open at 10 p.m. with free admission until 11 p.m. (reduced cover charge with event flyer until midnight). Dress to impress.

Nutty Irishman: 323 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-293-9700,

DJ Cory spins at 6 p.m., DJ Ben-E at 10 p.m.; cover band 45 RPM is also scheduled. Drink specials until midnight; everybody pays only $10 to enter.


*A group of women chat and nibble on the desserts at Sugar, "a dining den and social club" in Carle Place. (May 6, 2010)

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