(516) 825-4344, Valley Stream
Half standard-issue Irish bar by the train station, half restaurant. The restaurant half doubles as a venue, with local bands every weekend. Good for a low-key night out for a few beers and some tunes.
Our Times Coffeehouse
(516) 541-1006, Garden City
This unique, volunteer-run organization is the product of the collaboration of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island and the Long Island Progressive Coalition. Dedicated to propagating affordable folk music on the Island, this venue hosts top-notch monthly performances. Details and dates at ourtimescoffeehouse.org.
(631) 592-4260, Lindenhurst
A hole-in-the-wall with heart. Play some pool, skip some school, act real cool, drink some beer. Live bands on Fridays and Saturdays.
Nag’s Head Ale House
(631) 673-6247, Huntington
Always good beer on tap, local bands on the weekends, and an open mic on Monday nights. This bar is abuzz on the weekends like any other bar in Huntington Village, but you won’t find the “hipper than thou” atmosphere.