Summer’s done — time for off-season fun. If you’re a member of Long Island’s millennial crowd looking for popular stops where the crowd leans under-30 in age, check out these spots — and for the record: the over-30 set can have good times at these hangouts as well.
Football and live music
THE DRAW: Serving the under-40 crowd successfully for decades, Mulcahy’s has the added advantage of being located across from the LIRR Wantagh station, so you can leave your car behind, skip the Uber and just jump on a train to hang here. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays is a big draw, and sports ranging from UFC to football and all other major events is always broadcast on the spot’s big screens. INFO: 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh; 516-783-7500; muls.com
THE DRAW: Nutty has a kind of split personality in the most fun way. Tuesdays are country nights, where live bands and DJs combine to play hours of danceable boot-scoot music; Fridays and Saturdays see rocking cover bands and DJs spinning dance, hip-hop, pop and party beats. Football and other sports also get much respect with drink and food specials on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. INFO: 323 Main St., Farmingdale; 516-293-9700; thenuttyirishman.com
On the east side of the Long Beach west end fun strip that is West Beech Street, the personality at Jetty Bar & Grill is party-friendly, kicked off Wednesdays with Beer Pong tourneys, plus trivia on every first Thursday (team sign-up fees apply). Thursday night football is also a key happening, with the game running on every screen — but if pigskin passing isn’t your thing, watch for board game competitions that occasionally go down (with prizes!). Live music is scheduled Fridays while DJ Chopps spins lit beats Saturdays. Football returns Sundays (with a special $10 menu) as does brunch. Watch for beer dinners to pop up throughout the fall and winter as well. (832 W Beech St.; 516-442-1338; jettylb.com. Meanwhile, the classic standby Minnesota’s (pictured) is under new management but remains a nightly destination (959 W Beech St.; 516-431-0280, minnesotaslb.com) with promotions every evening of the week, include Taco Tuesdays and Fish Fry Fridays. On the nightlife tip, DJs drop beats Friday and Saturday nights, and for football you can pay $29.95 and get an open bar and unlimited food (from the “tailgate menu”) on Sundays. The Inn is a fine stop for DJs beats and live music that leans toward indie Fridays (943 W Beech St.; 516-432-9220, facebook.com/TheLongBeachInn)
The scene in Rockville Centre is incredibly walkable. Among the many places one can crawl to and from are Churchill's (18 S. Park Ave.; 516-766-2500, churchillsrvc.com), where football runs on 40 TVs, and guests can get half-priced apps and drink specials during games, both indoors and on the heated patio. For an even less-traveled night, sibling spots Parlay (516-442-2600, parlayrvc.com; pictured) and Mesita (516-282-9900, mesitarvc.com) are neighbors at 210-212 Merrick Rd. Parlay is a nightlife monster with football Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, trivia Wednesdays and DJs on Fridays and Saturdays. Miffed there’s no Tuesday shindig at Parlay? That’s where Mesita comes in with Taco Tuesdays, salsa and bachata lessons Thursdays, live music Fridays and weekend brunch to boot.
Napper Tandy’s Bay Shore
THE DRAW: Not the only Napper’s on Long Island (other locations are in Smithtown, Northport), but the Bay Shore venue (pictured) is the newest of the three and draws people from around the Island for DJ parties on Fridays and Saturdays that regularly stay busy past midnight. Football and other sporting events receive strong attention on its 30-plus flat screens, and there’s live music on Wednesdays. INFO: 60 E Main St., Bay Shore; 631-665-0040; nappertandysbayshore.com
Lily Flanagan's Pub
THE DRAW: Located only a minute’s walk from the LIRR Babylon station, Lily’s is often buzzing, and Friday night happy hours with live music is one of the reasons. Watch for frequent DJ nights, and a build-your-own-burger night Mondays. Wednesdays are country nights and all NFL games run Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays. INFO: 345 Deer Park Ave., Babylon; 631-539-0816; lilyflanaganspub.com
THE DRAW: There’s no denying it: Finley’s is one of the hottest spots on Long Island for people under 30. The formula is pretty simple — DJs spin every Friday and Saturday night (in the portion of the double-building layout that lies under the sign which reads “Dr. Finley's Publick House”). However, as basic as that may sound, there are consistently long lines to get in way past midnight. INFO: 43 Green St., Huntington; 351-3440; finleyshuntington.com
One could argue that this hamlet’s village is currently the hottest, busiest “patch” (no pun intended) of nightlife on LI, where lines form to enter several taverns and restaurants late at night like nowhere else. Public House 49 (49 E Main St.; 631-569-2767; publichouse49.com) is definitely football fan-friendly, but Friday and Saturday nights feature DJ dance parties as well. Sundays are solid with a lengthy brunch (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) that has a "bubbly bar" (pictured) at which you can construct your own champagne cocktail. A quirky insider tip: there’s a pingpong table ready for play at no extra charge. Throngs of millennials can be spotted waiting to enter Indigo (32 W. Main St.; 631-730-7555, indigopatchogue.com) and Locale (15 W. Main St.; 631-714-5220, localeonmain.com) weekends when DJs play late, and while the Patchogue branch of the Arooga's sports bar chain (1 W. Main St.; 888-882-9464, aroogas.com) is loaded with TV carrying games, it also gets packed for live music and beats by DJ Digga Fridays.
A couple of the Island’s bustling spots are doing double duty, with venues in both Nassau and Suffolk. Tap Room first landed in Patchogue (114 W. Main St.; 631-569-5577, patchoguetaproom.com) just as the original local wave of craft beer popularity was taking off. After a few years, the brand expanded into Massapequa Park (1010 Park Blvd.; 516-590-7030, taproommp.com) with the same focus on fun, cool and unexpected brews — and although they’re miles apart geographically, both offer live music on weekends, trivia nights on Wednesdays and football specials on food and drink (including $5 mussels). Another smash hit on LI these days is That Meetball Place, also founded in Patchogue (52 W. Main St.; 631-569-5888). It’s main meatball-serving focus (and its clever name) makes the spot interesting off the bat, but there is no denying its drawing power (the Patchogue MBP gets so busy there are concert-style sidewalk fences to help organize the line to get in). It too has a Nassau County offspring, located on Farmingdale’s Main Street (206 Main St., 516-586-8880; pictured). Both do $19.95 endless meatballs Mondays, plus live music weekends. (thatmeetballplaceli.com)
North Fork 'crafty-ness'
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
THE DRAW: The local craft brewers expanded a few years ago from their original tasting space in Greenport (234 Carpenter St.; 631-477-1100) to add a more-spacious option in Peconic with a full restaurant. Bands play Friday through Sunday, and there’s trivia every Thursday. INFO: 42155 Main Rd.; 631-477-1100; greenportharborbrewing.com
THE DRAW: The fact that cider is the mainstay makes this spot a singular find, but it’s more than just a place to get adult apple beverages. It’s got two fireplaces and lots of lounge seating, plus board games, corn hole and giant Jenga for play. Dueling pianos will remain in place Thursdays through the end of October, which will be replaced with one live pianist plus Bingo play. Live musicians will also do their thing Wednesdays and Fridays through Sundays. INFO: 2711 Sound Ave., Calverton; 631-591-0217, riverheadcider.com
ALSO TRY: Long Island Spirits (2182 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow; 631-630-9322, lispirits.com) offers liquors created from Long Island-grown potatoes and other locally sourced ingredients, while Twin Stills Moonshine Distillery (5506 Sound Ave., Riverhead; 631-779-3199, liooldtymer.com) serves its brand of signature moonshine infusions touched with tastes of various desserts and sweets.
Wine and dine
Molto Vino Wine and Cheese Osteria
THE DRAW: Owner and native Caprese Massimiliano Gargiulo takes his business seriously: he designed the room, built the furniture and serves several wines sourced from small Italian vineyards. Serving homemade pasta and brick-oven pizza plus cured meat and cheese platters, it’s often busy yet maintains a mellow demeanor. INFO: 45 Deer Park Ave., Babylon Village, 631-983-8274; facebook.com/molto.vino.5
THE DRAW: With a long history of attracting a young, white-collar afterwork crowd, it’s currently hosting weekend brunch (includes free mimosa with meal) and specials on Mondays and Tuesdays. There’s a full menu of upscale American fare, but if you need cheese and charcuterie, guests can build a board of five items for $25. INFO: 1080 Corporate Dr., Westbury; 516-693-5400, citycellarny.com
Novita Wine Bar & Trattoria
THE DRAW: It’s got the ambience of a regal Manhattan hotel, with half-circle booths and touches of art deco — it’s great for meals, dates, date nights or a night out with friends. Italian is the menu focus, and a two-course brunch is served weekends. Choose from over 100 wines, and there’s a meat-and-cheese board option on the menu — but for a slight variation on wine dining, go for the Italian Nachos: warm house-made potato chips served with Gorgonzola fonduta, smoked pancetta and hot vinegar peppers. INFO: 860 Franklin Ave., Garden City; 516-739-7660, novitany.com