Server Ashley Brady delivers a pitcher of Blue Moon beer...

Server Ashley Brady delivers a pitcher of Blue Moon beer to happy-hour patrons at Kodiak's, on Route 110 in Farmingdale. (June 11, 2010) Credit: John Griffin

Come summer, Friday happy hour migrates outdoors at many Long Island restaurants and bars. Route 110 (Broadhollow Road) is a particularly popular place for the after-work crowd to unwind, with hot spots conveniently sprinkled between the Southern and Northern State parkways.

Most have plenty of open-air seating, with air-conditioned solace available inside for patrons who need a break from the heat.

56th Fighter Group

7160 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, 631-694-8280,

Cover charge: $5 after 7p.m.
Who goes: The corporate crowd, in casual Friday attire. Some singles.
The deals: Wine and beer for $3-$4, plus a free buffet.

The setting: This longtime military-themed restaurant has colorful vintage war planes parked on the lawn. On Fridays, crowds pour in for the 4-7 p.m. happy hour, huddling at the outdoor bar or sitting in patio chairs with views of planes on the runway at Republic Airport. "I'm not a kid anymore, so I come down here and make this my Friday night," says Jennifer Nuzzi, 33, an administrative assistant from Massapequa. There's a pair of DJs - one outside, one inside - and live music starts after 7.


923 Broadhollow Rd.,Farmingdale, 631-249-4828,

Cover charge: None
Who goes: Casually dressed folks of all ages.
The deals: From 4 to 7 p.m., patrons can save $5 on wings, cheese fries and select other appetizers and take $1 off draft beers and featured drinks.

The setting: The chain restaurant has a small outdoor seating area, but too bad the view is traffic on Route 110.


1815 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale, 631-414-7055,

Cover charge: None
Who goes: Casually dressed 25- to 45-year-olds.
The deals: $5 Long Island iced teas 4-7 p.m.; $5 cosmos and $1 off all other drinks during late-night happy hour, 10p.m.-midnight.

The setting: The recently opened sports bar and restaurant has a two-tiered bar and flat-screen TVs at every turn. French doors lead to a slim, sunbathed front deck that runs along the parking lot. Patrons congregate there or head indoors, where pool tables beckon.

Four Food Studio

515 Broadhollow Rd., Melville, 631-577-4444,

Cover charge: None
Who goes: Fashionably dressed trendsters
The deals: From 4 to 8 p.m., get $4 cocktails and $4 appetizer plates at the bar (sensing a motif here?).

The setting: This oh-so-chic restaurant ups the style effort during the summer, setting up comfy daybeds and lounge chairs outdoors - large artsy screens partially block the less-than-appealing view of traffic backed up on Route 110. A DJ spins at 6 p.m. as the dinner crew starts to roll in, but the bar stays busy until close.

Black Forest Brew Haus

2015 New Hwy., Farmingdale, 631-391-9500,

The setting: It’s well worth driving one block east of Route 110 to Black Forest, particularly in the summer, when the brewery’s casual outdoor deck opens. Live music starts at 5:30 p.m. -- and don’t be surprised to see regulars with their own massive German steins.

The deals: From 3 to 6 p.m., there’s a free barbecue buffet and $3 specials on wine, mixed drinks and Haus beer.

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