Once & For All

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Once & For All
8 E Main St.
Patchogue, NY 11772
631-447-0519
http://www.onceandforallcafe.com

I can’t think of a better place to drink in Suffolk County than Patchogue. The bars are in close proximity to one another along the town’s main business stretch, Main St. (ha), and the beer selection within those few blocks just can’t be messed with. It’s safe to say that when I’m not drinking in Manhattan or Brooklyn, it’s P-chogue up in this piece, yo.

My friends and I have been making one of the Main St. bars, Once & For All, a weekly stop, and for good reason: atmosphere. The décor resembles more coffeehouse than bar (stained glass, curtains, candles, earthy art, etc.), but it’s that quaint, homely vibe that never fails to pull me inside for a drink. Reminds me of something you might find in Park Slope, or Williamsburg, Brooklyn, only not grungy and littered with hipsters.

Does the beer selection hold up with the rest of O&FA?

Yes and no.

Y: handful or so of quality taps (listed below), bottled goodies like Steenbrugge Dubbel/Tripel and Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise 2006, affordable.

N: eight million imports you would have trouble pronouncing, sold at stupid-expensive prices.

In other words, O&FA has quality, not quantity. I can deal with that.

Phone ahead, or check their Facebook to inquire about their live music schedule. I shall leave you with the draft list from my visit on 1/9:

Tröegs Mad Elf
Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale
Blue Point Toasted Lager
Palm Amber Ale
Captain Lawrence Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA
Guinness Draught
Weyerbacher Hops Infusion (cask)

P.S. – When I visited O&FA again on 1/17, Mad Elf had been replaced with Wells Bombardier.

P.S.S. – Check out the framed pencil drawing of a gas mask behind the bar. Real neat.