(516) 739-7660, Garden City
Nestled in the elegant town of Garden City is a wine bar like no other. Novitá offers 100 different wines by the glass, held in a custom-built wine preservation system, the largest of its kind on the east coast. Pick a seat at the bar and peek at this modern Australian-built masterpiece. Wine connoisseurs are impressed when each glass is poured to perfection at optimal temperature. Specialties run nightly with happy hour discounts Monday through Friday until 7pm. Grab a ringside seat and enjoy the flight—a selection of three various wines within the same region. Flight nights are happening every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, call ahead for reservations. A trip to the vineyards is conveniently one stop at Novitá.
Four Food Studio
(631) 577-4444. Melville
Four Food Studio proves to be one of Long Island’s most happening after-work and weekend scenes with its packed dance floor and hopping bar crowd. This unique restaurant and lounge sets the bar for a perfect NYC alternative. The décor celebrates the four seasons, hence the name. The workweek just begins and Long Islanders are parading into this trendy spot on a Monday night—yes, Monday. There is no set age group for this one. You’ll see everyone from women in their mid 20s prancing in their hottest get-up to the after-work professionals grabbing a drink in the Spring Lounge. A tremendous video projection screen drops down behind the bartenders and caters to the “game-watchers.” The DJ spins the best beats throughout the night pulling everyone onto the dance floor. Four fits the nightlife for any Long Island season.
(212) 675-6686, Manhattan
Downtown in the Meatpacking District lie cobbled streets and the sounds of heels clacking during the wee hours of the night. The scene is buzzing and New Yorkers are flocking into the Brass Monkey. This wood-paneled lounge features a rooftop section above two spacious stories of packed party-goers ready to let loose. Covered in mirrors, the lower level attracts dance moves and spying the scene. Head upstairs and the lights dim. The dark mystical ambience plants the seed for its guests to get to know each other a little better. (Hmmm.) Brass Monkey is known for its array of draft and bottled beers. Try something out of the box; you might come across your new favorite beverage. Weekends shine at the Brass Monkey, expect it to be filled from wall-to-wall.