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The Leaky Lifeboat celebrates its birthday

These drums and other items sit perched above

These drums and other items sit perched above the entrance at The Leaky Lifeboat in Seaford. (Sept. 25, 2012) Credit: Ian J. Stark

Although it may seem as if this super-successful spot had just arrived on the scene, The Leaky Lifeboat in Seaford is already celebrating a year in business.

Heralded last year by an overflowing crowd of patrons, this hipster bar's entrance helped mark the beginning of Long Island’s burgeoning alt-bat scene. Named after a song by the band Sonic Youth, ‘Leaky has a laid-back, rock-and-roll attitude that works quite successfully – noted by the large, busy nights that have kept coming back – even a year later.

Featuring such unique highlights as a monthly art show by local talent, a bicycle rack in front – not to mention the creation of a late-night vegetarian restaurant next door (L.I.V.E.: Long Island Vegetarian Eatery) – the venue’s offbeat personality will also be evident for its “1st Birthday Party,” going down on Saturday, Feb. 25 starting at 8 p.m. The theme is a “White Party” – meaning guests are asked to wear all-white clothing (not a color frequently worn by Leaky clientele). Patrons will be privy to get their faces painted while the house is bathed in black lights – leading the combination of white clothes and decorated heads to create a likely ethereal, rave-like setting.

Pabst Blue Ribbon cans (PBR is a hipster standard) and well drinks will be free from 8 -9 p.m., while everybody wearing all white will get a chance to do a free shot at 2:25 a.m. (as in “2/25,” the house birth date). DJs Dark Night, Dom P, Emissary and others will provide an eclectic mix of clever music – and, as usual, there’s no cover charge.

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