(631) 286-6264, Bellport
Dude, so what if we, like, bought a big old building and fixed it up, and we could, like, put art all over the walls and open it up as a restaurant? And we could also have a bar and a yard and people could, like, have festivals and stuff in the summer? And we could have live bands all the time and we could get a really, really big TV and show movies on Tuesday nights and everything would just be really chill, you know? Oh, and the food would be really, really good and we’d have really good beer, too, man. I know, we could call it Painters’. Wouldn’t that be awesome? It is.
(631) 828-8995, Miller Place
The itty-bitty Beanberry Caffe serves up gourmet coffee, chocolate fondue and live acoustic music every weekend. The vibe is like a hip, neighborhood spot in Brooklyn without all the skinny jeans and complicated hair. When the musicians are playing, the space transitions from friendly neighborhood coffeeshop to serious listening room faster than you can say, “half-caf latte.”
The Blue Parrot Lounge
(516) 797-5908, Massapequa
Nothing says rock ’n’ roll like a gigantic blue parrot painted on the side of a stucco building on Merrick Road. This is one of the clubs that LI bands love to play, so there is always good music on Friday and Saturday nights. If you’re looking for a classy night out…well, that brings us back to the gigantic blue parrot. But if you are looking for cheap drinks and loud South Shore fun, this will get you there.
(631) 331-6860, Port Jefferson
It masquerades as a cute breakfast-and-brunch destination by day, but if you’re wandering Port Jeff village at night, what you’ll find is a hip art bar instead. Who doesn’t want to hear local music, drink wine and enjoy decadent cheeses, all in one sitting? Consider this HQ for the real music and art of Long Island. And it is not afraid of the edgy, interesting stuff either.