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New Year’s Day pajama jam at The Beach House

Bartenders serve at the bar at The Beach

(Credit: Jin Lee)

It’s common knowledge that New Year’s Eve is a night for parties, and just about every bar and eatery on LI that serves alcohol will live up to that expectation by hosting some sort of function designed to festively bid farewell to 2013.

But what about the Long Islanders wanting a good time that begins after the ball drops? Like around lunchtime?

For those among us who need fun to be...

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Meeting and meatballs at That Meetball Place

The sign over That Meetball Place in Patchogue.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

In a time when misspellings are almost an expected occurrence (see social media posts and Long Island highway exits for examples), it’s easy to assume upon first seeing the sign for That Meetball Place in Patchogue that its orthographical error is to be yet another blow to the collective psyche of area English teachers – however, in this case it’s no mistake.

In fact, a quick check of the...

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A 1920’s-style New Year's Eve bash with modern beats

The Cuddy is an American gastropub on Main

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

During the summer, talk of parties and things to do when out and about tend to lean heavily on happenings in the Hamptons, as the Island’s East End sees its most bountiful business between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Of course, that is common knowledge – but what many party people don't know so well is that, despite the departure of the seasonal Hamptons residents come September, there are...

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‘Mystical New Year’s Eve' at The Coral House

The Mystic is a cover band that plays

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With New Year’s Eve only days away, for those of us yet to make plans, time is definitely running a bit short.

Luckily, there are opportunities still to be found in Nassau and Suffolk counties, ranging from local pubs hosting laid-back get-togethers to upscale galas that are more ballroom than barroom – and in one instance, the personalities of both those possibilities can be found in one...

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Power Failure Party at The Cortland

Candles are the only form of illumination allowed

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

For those looking to go out and party late at night on Christmas Day, The Cortland in Bay Shore will be turning on its lights and opening for business at 8 p.m.

The Cortland will also be in operation on Thursday, Dec. 26, but on that occasion – despite the fact the doors will be open – the lights will not be on at all.

Problems paying the electric bill, you wonder? Not quite – in fact,...

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The Kriss Kringle Christmas Carol Karaoke contest

The entrance to The Nest Bar & Lounge

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

If you are simply bubbling with holiday spirit that can't be denied, perhaps you should sing about it. Literally.

It’s not every day that one is asked to warble publicly, but if you feel your singing chops are worthy enough to deliver Yuletide classics competitively, consider heading over to The Nest Bar & Lounge in East Meadow Monday, Dec. 23, where it will be hosting its first-ever Kriss...

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The return of Winterfest

The 2013 holiday card from podcasters ?The Beer

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It was the very end of 2010 when The Cortland in Bay Shore first arrived on the LI nightlife scene, offering events and parties not often found elsewhere on the Island.

Fast-forward to now and the pub is still going strong, with a number of those unique promotions and events (such as Rock-Paper-Scissors tournaments, film screenings and art showings) transforming from novel get-togethers into...

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The Misfits at The Emporium

The influential horror rock band The Misfits is

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Of all the bands that have performed on Long Island this year, few can be compared with The Misfits.

However, when it comes to the making of a comparison between the Lodi-based band and the rest of the musical world, the usual equations of success have to be thrown out – and instead replaced with points of legacy.

It’s not that The Misfits have sold enough records to compete with today’s...

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'It's All for the Kids' at Blue

Patchogue's Barret Beyer, seen here competing on FOX

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With the winter holiday season in full swing, Long Island stores, shops and malls are busy with lots of people still looking to fulfill the gift lists of their families – but for some area residents, their personal financial situations can't afford such an accomplishment.

However, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, one of the Island’s charitable organizations is throwing a bash in order to help supply some...

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Snooki and EDM at 'Electric Christmas'

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi (seen here attending the "Self

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For fans of dance music, getting to know the artists who sing the songs or the DJs who produce the beats can be a lengthy task.

Unlike pop stars -- whose efforts are both played and identified by radio and other mainstream outlets -- finding those responsible for a dance tune you may have casually heard in a club, the gym, a mall or other venue that regularly spins EDM often first requires...

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