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Guido's goes from Irish Pub to Retro Bar

Guido’s Retro Bar in Wantagh on May 30,

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

If and when rating the nightlife scene currently found in Wantagh, it's likely most people would give high marks to the massive, 30-year-old Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall -- a well-attended hangout that features sizable shows and hosts high-profile events -- but the hamlet known as "The Gateway to Jones Beach" can also boast of several tinier bars that, while not as mighty as Mulcahy’s, are still...

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Suite 1828 arrives in Merrick

Some of the eclectic decor to be found

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

You may not be acquainted with Suite 1828, one of LI’s newest pubs, but its location (and former persona) should be memorable for many of Nassau County’s frequent South Shore commuters.

During the past decade, anyone driving down Sunrise Highway in Merrick during late afternoons and evenings likely couldn't help but notice Jugs-N-Strokers, a biker bar that was formerly the long-running identity...

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30 straight days of music at Hudsons on The Mile

Uppercut is one of several bands scheduled to

(Credit: John Pandolfo)

With all the LI pubs, clubs and lounges that regularly employ DJs and bands for warm-weather events, it’s easy to assume that an ideal description of local, summer fun could include the desire to spend an evening enjoying music in an outdoor setting. But then again, it’s not hard to imagine that life leaves little time to dance under the stars for some people.

For those in such a situation,...

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Two new Hamptons sunset-spotting cocktail stops

A sunset as viewed from Bay Kitchen Bar

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As Memorial Day weekend 2014 came to a close and the summer season in the Hamptons got underway, two of the East End’s newest stops emerged as successful spots to catch a brilliant, cocktail-in-hand glimpse of the setting sun.

Naturally, Long Island’s many bays, harbors and other waterways allow for striking vantage points for one to witness le soleil slip below the horizon -- both in and...

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Daytime club-style parties in the Hamptons

Club lights reflect off the hair of a

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

The 2014 Hamptons nightlife season started Saturday, May 24,  and for those seeking to get into the scene, there was no need to wait until evening. There were a number of daytime, nightclub-style parties across the East End hours before the sun went down.

As it turns out, two of the gatherings have a bit of history. Up until this season hospitality impresarios Daniel and Derek Koch were...

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A disco night to be at the Bell Bottom Ball

A spinning disco ball – a symbol of

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It may currently spin most frequently on FM radio as part of an “oldies” format, but even the youngest fan of current dance can relate to at least some of what disco did for current culture.

There were places to go dancing before records even existed — and many styles of music have served as a draw for those looking to boogie in public — but today’s typical DJ-driven dance party is just the...

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Sole East celebrates a 4-day Memorial Day weekend

Guest enjoy the courtyard at Sole East Resort

(Credit: Jenna Israel)

Saturday is likely to be a very busy day on the East End, as several nightclubs and social spots will be throwing special bashes to mark Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial arrival of the 2014 summer season.

However, for those who simply can't wait that long to get their personal parties started, Sole East in Montauk is launching two days earlier than much of its competition, doing four...

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Three ‘Animal Parties’ set for Sienna

A scene from a previous edition of the

(Credit: Sean Scanlin / TRAVISWILD)

Looks like Traviswild made quite the impression in the Hamptons last year, as his signature soiree will be returning to the East End for three major holiday happenings this coming summer.

A West Coast-based DJ, Traviswild (aka Travis Peitz) has made a name for himself as the host and selector of an event known as the Animal Party. Usually based in San Francisco, it’s a jungle-themed affair...

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1 OAK Southampton on the way

Tables with bottle menus are ready to go

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With Memorial Day weekend 2014 now only days away, more new nightlife spots continue to arrive in the Hamptons; the latest being 1 OAK Southampton.

For those unfamiliar with 1 OAK (an acronym of mantra "1 Of A Kind"), it’s not just a single club but an international party brand, with involvement in either temporary residencies or permanent outposts in places such as Manhattan, Las Vegas, Los...

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The return of Soiree Noir

Long Island-based burlesque entertainer Betsy Propane. She’ll be

(Credit: Megan Raube)

On its website, George Martin's Strip Steak calls itself an "intimate steakhouse" -- but when the burlesque troupe Soiree Noir is present, its atmosphere may change from simply warm to downright piquant.

Whether or not the appellation “Strip Steak” somehow inspired such a coupling, the Great River restaurant, at 60 River Rd., has hosted this company of frisky females on several prior occasions...

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