With all the clubs, bars and lounges that come and go, many of us spend time reminiscing about the places we loved -- before they shut down.
While some spots barely last a few months, however, there are a couple of establishments that have managed to last for decades. So if you want to hang out where your parents used to celebrate Memorial Day weekend --or then again, party where your kids are having holiday fun this year -- here are two venues that span generations and are still do major business.
Paddy McGee’s in Island Park first welcomed Long Island club-hoppers back in 1985 – but now in 2011, those seeking a sunny packed deck for a Sunday afternoon bash can still come by and do pretty much what patrons were doing back in the days of rotary phones and the world champion New York Mets. The doors will be open before 4 p.m., but from 4 to 7 p.m. there'll be a $5 cover that rises to $10 after 7 p.m. DJs will spin, and the usual crowd, which ranges in origin from Brooklyn to western Suffolk County, should be back in droves.
Meanwhile, Paddy's is a mere pup compared with the Boardy Barn in Hampton Bays, which has been luring hundreds on Long Island to play under the big tent since 1970. Sunday's party starts at noon for $20 at the door; if that seems pricey, remember that the average brew at this venue costs about $2, a steal by today's standards. It runs until 8 p.m., and althought the dress code is casual, the club asks for that guests refrain from wearing orange shirts because that's the staff shirt color.