The BrickHouse Brewery
(631) 447-2337, Patchogue
Suffolk’s south shore music scene and craft beer seem to be inextricably linked, and The BrickHouse Brewery capitalizes on this coupling in a beautiful way. On any given week, the brewery may be playing the role of a rock club, an avant garde art gallery or a premiere pub crawl destination. A chalkboard on the back wall will give you an extensive list of available beers, and you’ll want to hustle up to the bar for your favorite because it gets busy fast. Look for local favorites like the Michael Korb Band, Miles to Dayton and Memphis Crawl.
(516) 409-9728, Bellmore
Before it was hip to go to dive bars, there was Bellmore Billiards. Don’t worry—it’s still not one of the hip dive bars, but it’s a great place to listen to (loud!) music. Go with people you are unsure about, and see if they cheerfully order a cheap beer or roll their eyes and make ironic comments all night. You’ll find out who they are, quickly. Check out the Eggplant Queens, who play here regularly, for a show that is as raucous as it is silly.
The Hard Luck Café
(631) 425-2925, Huntington
While the rest of the music industry has been moaning about dwindling album sales and a rapidly changing landscape, the folk scene has been thriving as it always does—through real community that is strong both locally and nationally. The Folk Music Society of Huntington is no exception. The Hard Luck Café is the FMSH’s monthly concert series, the third Thursday of every month in Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre. The performances often kick off with an open mic, allowing members of a very musical audience to take the stage themselves. Big music industry players could learn a lot from this organization’s atmosphere of mutual respect and love of music.