(516) 208-9604, Freeport
Classy Italian/American cuisine on Freeport’s Nautical Mile. Live acoustic music on the weekends—a great place for a family night out.
Jack Halyard’s Restaurant
(516) 922-2999, Oyster Bay
This is a very “north shore” bar and grill—both casual and upscale with a nautical theme. Open mics on Tuesdays and live music on Thursdays and Fridays. The amazing folk trio “Gathering Time” brings its harmonies to the stage here fairly often.
Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company
(631) 627-3966, Patchogue
While hifalutin’ coffee shops may abound these days, this one boasts fair trade coffee and tea, and staff who are actually friendly and down-to-earth. Instead of paying lip service to supporting local music, these guys actually do. Check out the Tuesday and Friday open mics with Hank Stone, and select local acoustic acts on the weekend.
(631) 509-5635, Port Jefferson
Lulu’s is truly all about the music, featuring original bands from all over the Island. Big stage with a big dance floor (or mosh pit) and a separate area with tables if you want to play it low key. Great place to see and hear your favorite local act in a big-stage setting.