Upscale happy hours

People have drinks by the bar in the

(Credit: Yana Paskova)

Truth be told, finding a "happy hour" is about as easy as it gets -- virtually every bar, lounge, restaurant and club that is open for business around 5 p.m. features one. For some people, however, just getting a deal on drinks isn't enough; after work many want an upscale experience to match their beverage bargains. For those more interested in sipping complicated cocktails than tugging on beers and looking for classy rooms filled with well-dressed crowds ready to mingle, here are a few suggestions on where to start.

-- Compiled by Ian J. Stark

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    Acacia is a new restaurant in Huntington that

    Acacia $$$ | American, Seafood, Lounge 371 New York Ave., Huntington Restaurant, bar and lounge serving American food. ...

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    Honu Kitchen and Cocktails in Huntington. (July 20,

    Honu Kitchen & Cocktails $$$ | Eclectic, American 363 New York Ave. Huntington A dramatic downtown destination, from the high ceiling and glittery chandeliers to the exposed brickwork ...

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    People have drinks by the bar in the

    Rare650 $$$$ | Steak, Seafood 650 Jericho Tpke. Syosset Nassau's deluxe surf-and-turf spot serving stellar beef, creative crudo, fine whole fish - and a ...

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    The bar at the Chalet Restaurant and Lounge

    Roslyn Chalet Bar and Lounge Nightspot, New American 5 Railroad Ave. Roslyn Famous for its martinis, the lounge has a healthy wine list and wide selection of ...

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    Teresa Magro, Stephanie Balzinsky and Laurie Russo enjoy

    Babylon Carriage House $$$ | American 21 Fire Island Ave. Babylon Babylon Carriage House in Babylon is housed in a post-Civil War carriage house. While the ...

  • Patrons mingle at the bar at City Cellar

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    Customers ordered food to go with the flight

    The Vine Wine Bar Wine bar, Small plates, Beer 2259 Merrick Rd. Merrick The style at Vine Wine Bar is contemporary and accommodating. You can find about 60 ...

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    People drink and dine at Waterzooi in Garden

    Waterzooi $$$ | Beer 850 Franklin Ave. Garden City Belgian bistro with a steady happy-hour crowd. ...

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    Cittanuova in East Hampton. (Aug. 10, 2012)

    Cittanuova $$$ | Italian, Sports bar 29 Newtown Lane East Hampton Contemporary Italian cuisine rules the menu at this lively East Hampton restaurant. Pizzas, pastas, steak ...

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