Best bars and clubs for birthday parties on Long Island

A group of ladies at the bar at

(Credit: David Pokress, 2009)

Lines at the door, waiting on bartenders, sharing space with strangers - sometimes you want to celebrate in public, but with VIP amenities. Here are some spots that have private party deals that will make your party their priority. --Ian J. Stark

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    Inside the Changing Times Ale House in East

    Changing Times Ale House $$ | American, Pub, Sports bar 526B Larkfield Rd. East Northport

    PRICE: Packages range from $26.95-$39.95 per person.

    MINIMUMS: 20 people, for at least two hours.

    THE DEAL: Hot buffet, appetizer platters, house or top-shelf open bar (depending on package).

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    The exterior sign of Changing Times American Sports

    Changing Times American Sports Bar & Grille $$ | Pub, Sports bar, American 29 East Main St., Bay Shore

    PRICE: Packages range from $40-$62 per person.

    MINIMUMS: 15 people, for at least two hours.

    THE DEAL: Appetizer platters, trays/passed hors d’oeuvres, house or top-shelf open bar, draught or craft beer options (depending on package).

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    Stacey Holder of West Islip shows her team

    Changing Times Pub Farmingdale Nightspot, Pub, Sports bar 1247 Melville Rd. Farmingdale

    PRICE: Packages range from $23.95-$36.95 per person.

    MINIMUMS: 20 people, for at least two hours.

    THE DEAL: Hot buffet, house or top-shelf open bar (depending on package).

    VIP AREA: Designated area that can include space for a DJ or live music.

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    Honu Kitchen and Cocktails in Huntington. (July 20,

    Honu Kitchen & Cocktails $$$ | Eclectic, American 363 New York Ave. Huntington

    PRICE: Packages start at $25 an hour

    MINIMUMS: 10 people, for at least two hours

    THE DEAL: Guests wear wristbands, upgrades for passed hors d'oeuvres, buffets, pasta and carving stations available.

    VIP AREA: Upstairs loft.

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    Beer on tap at Kasey's American Grill at

    Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails $$ | American, Nightspot 23 N. Park Ave. Rockville Centre

    PRICE: Packages start at $25 an hour

    MINIMUMS: 10 people, for at least two hours

    THE DEAL: Guests wear wristbands, upgrades for passed hors d'oeuvres, buffets, pasta and carving stations available.

    VIP AREA: Private party rooms or roped-off area available.

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    A group of ladies at the bar at

    Library Cafe $$$ | Lounge, American 274 Main St. Farmingdale

    PRICE: Sun-Thurs: $31.95-$38.95; Fri-Sat: $36.95-$43.95 (per person)

    THE DEAL: Food is buffet or sit-down dinner. With house wine and draft beer: $31.95 Sun-Thurs, $36.95 Fri-Sat. With 3-hour open bar: $38.95 Sun-Thurs, $43.95 Fri-Sat.

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    Maxwell's American Bar & Grille is a saloon-style

    Maxwell's $$ | Pub, American 501 Main St Islip

    PRICE: Sun-Thurs: $31.95-$38.95; Fri-Sat: $36.95-$43.95 (per person)

    THE DEAL: Food is buffet or sit-down dinner. With house wine and draft beer: $31.95 Sun-Thurs, $36.95 Fri-Sat. With 3-hour open bar: $38.95 Sun-Thurs, $43.95 Fri-Sat.

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    The bar at Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge

    Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge Pan Asian, Lounge 48 Deer Park Ave. Babylon

    PRICE: $15 an hour

    MINIMUMS: 10 people, two hours

    THE DEAL: Drinks as a bar tab and charged upon consumption. Passed appetizers.

    VIP AREA: The “Chef's Room” upstairs or a private room downstairs.

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    Club-goers dance at Mulcahy's in Wantagh

    Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall Dance club, Pub, Rock and more, Sports bar, Nightspot, Music, Rock music 3232 Railroad Ave. Wantagh

    PRICE: $30-$45 an hour, per person

    THE DEAL: Three-hour open bar with appetizers: $30. Three-hour top-shelf open bar with dinner entrees: $45.

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    RoofTop 32 is above Kasey's Kitchen and Cocktails

    Rooftop 32 $$ | Lounge, New American 23 N Park Ave, Rockville Centre

    PRICE: Packages start at $25 an hour

    MINIMUMS: 10 people, for at least two hours (available April-Oct.)

    THE DEAL: Guests wear wristbands, upgrades for passed hors d'oeuvres, buffets, pasta and carving stations available.

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Where

Themed restaurants offering a party atmosphere

A server at Joe's Crab Shack in Westbury

A server at Joe's Crab Shack in Westbury is all smiles as he brings out food. (Oct 26, 2013) (Credit: Nicole Horton)

Restaurants aren't always about food. Some, like amusement parks, are conceived around themes. Take these FOUR, for instance.

CIAO BABY RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, 204 E. Jericho Tpke., Commack 631-543-1400 and 5074 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa Park, 516-799-5200

Hollywood's Rat Pack of the 1960s lives on at these retro Italian spots, where servers in black shirts and skinny ties dish up rice balls, rigatoni and chicken scarpariello. Background music: Sinatra, Sammy or Dino. Mangia, mangia.

HAVANA CENTRAL, Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-739-7900

This sprawling chain showpiece at Roosevelt Field was designed to evoke pre-revolutionary Cuba. Eat a Cuban sandwich, sip a mojito and dance to a live salsa band. Fidel who?

JOE'S CRAB SHACK, 1195 Corporate Dr., Westbury, 516-745-6728

At any moment, dance music will get pumping, a disco ball will start to twirl and all the servers in the house will go into a choreographed routine. It's a perpetual party at Joe's Crab Shack, where the scene, more than the food, is the main attraction.

BIG DADDY'S, 1 Park Lane, Massapequa, 516-799-8877

It’s always a countdown to Mardi Gras at this New Orleans-style restaurant where the decor and the menu capture the freewheeling spirit of the Big Easy. Laissez le bon temps rouler with spicy andouille gumbo, skewered alligator bites with apple-habanero hot sauce, smoky jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, blackened catfish and a po’boy sandwich. There's Southern style BBQ, as well.

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