LI nightspots with hip-hop vibe and more
More into beats and rhymes than the standard hard-rocking band? On Long Island, it all depends on the night.
These venues, many of which offer their share of rock shows, also have DJ dance nights and hip-hop acts. Looking for an open-mic night where you can relax and listen to the best lyricists? Covered. Want an evening out with your friends where you can dance to the latest hip-hop and R&B hits? Done.
Here are five to check out.
60 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre
WHAT IT'S LIKE Whether you're shaking it to R&B, hip-hop or reggaeton, there's plenty of room on the dance floor. Acts that perform here tend to be in that hip-hop mode, so if that's the mood you're in, Vibe is the place to go.
WHEN TO GO A lot of hip-hop and R&B acts perform here Wednesdays and Thursdays. Up-and-coming L.I. rapper Poetik stops by Feb. 28 with the Next Generation.
COVER None, unless it's for a show, which is usually $15-$20
WHAT IT'S LIKE Formerly known as Ollie's Point, this venue prides itself on bringing in talented hip-hop artists as well as rockers. This is not your typical neighborhood bar -- Revolution offers a full sound and light show, which makes the atmosphere that much better.
WHEN TO GO A lot of the great events are booked on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Wednesday night, the Ill Street Showcase, featuring several local hip-hop acts, such as Silly and Epidemik, starts at 7.
COVER Free to $15, depending on the night and event
3. 89 North
89 N. Ocean Ave., Patchogue
WHAT IT'S LIKE This new venue is designed solely to present live music of all types, including R&B and hip-hop. It has a large stage, so no matter where you stand, there's a great view of the performers.
WHEN TO GO The best time is weekends, when most of the events take place. Rage Against the Machine tribute band Testify melds rock and hip-hop March 16. Check out brand new hip-hop artists AntiRapRebel and his live band, Sound Masonz, April 11.
43 Green St., Huntington
WHAT IT'S LIKE Located in the heart of Huntington Village, Finley's has the distinction of being a great place to listen to the latest hip-hop and R&B, and get a good bite to eat. There's a large dance floor, where you can move to beats such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" and Flo Rida's "Cry."
WHEN TO GO Thursday is ladies' night, but the best nights are weekends. On Fridays, video DJ Joe Bigelow spins R&B and hip-hop from 11 p.m. on. Get the dual experience of songs and their videos to accompany, and even see yourself dancing on-screen all night long.
60 E. Main St., Bay Shore
WHAT IT'S LIKE This Nutty Irishman location has a spacious dance floor and large stage. The live music can range from ska to old-school R&B, with cover acts tackling the likes of Chaka Khan and George Benson, to name a few.
WHEN TO GO Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight is the Irishman's open-mic night, hosted by Steve Interrante, who welcomes every kind of musician, from aspiring rappers to rockers. The best part is you can show up and have your time to shine onstage without worrying about being booked in advance.