It’s a sin to drink and run, but if you’re going to do it, it takes taste and style to pull off. Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you accept a free drink, it’s an implied transaction: Free + drink = temporary company. If buyer’s remorse sets in after the first sip, here are a few tried and true ways to get out of it:
1. Start talking about your kids, especially the ex-con.
2. Ask to borrow gas money.
3. Drink fast and hard. Especially fast.
*Desperate Measures: If all else fails, feign flatulence. It’s gross, but it works.
Black Lantern Sushi Den
Black Lantern Sushi Den is a bi-level ultra dance club and lounge in Huntington Village. This eco-friendly venue serves an array of bar food and specialty sushi rolls while solar panels power its dynamic sound system. The drink menu is an extensive amalgam of unique mixtures sure to please anyone’s preferences. The Black Lantern’s exclusivity is a fashionable one: Swarovski bracelets of three various colors are handed to desirables via word of mouth. You may also purchase these bracelets, which will earn you free admission and line-skipping privileges. The ultimate deal for $300 grants you and four of your friends a complimentary bottle of champagne and table service anytime (never expiring). Don your trendiest threads and spend the night dancing to one of the Black Lantern’s in-demand guest DJs.
Huntington, (631) 923-2022
Weeks before the big Memorial Day weekend kickoff, Long Islanders are in spring training trying to figure out the ins and outs of the Hamptons. While summer homes may not be officially “open” quite yet, the crowd is starting to form. In case you missed Georgica Restaurant and Lounge last year, you luckily have another chance. Mouth-watering dishes and fabulous drinks make Georgica a must visit any chance you get.
Wainscott, (631) 537-6255
The joys of rooftop venues are always “in.” Especially as night temperatures warm. The stellar rooftop is graced by a sizable central bar and ensconced by cabanas that line the perimeter. Someone had the good sense to leave adequate open space, too. As the mood gets lighter (and the music gets hotter), there is plenty of space to dance, mingle or just take in the stars. This Indo-Asian restaurant is a perfect Happy Hour spot for cocktails, blowing off steam and dishing on unique cuisine. Consider this the tranquil, fresh venue to kick off the season. Start with Pulse’s Spring Fashion show (details in this issue).
Garden City, (516) 307-8677
Rumba’s authentic Caribbean décor and fare will transport you to an island getaway. Overlooking the Shinnecock Bay, this comfortable restaurant and bar specializes in a variety of exceptional tropical rum drinks served in mason jars and pitchers. The charming atmosphere is made complete by vintage reggae music, dim lighting and a breezy deck. Indulge in their island cuisine, especially their newly famous tacos. Can you say jerk chicken taco topped with mango papaya honey salsa? You don’t need to say it, the very thought brings the taste to your mouth. Hot hint: Parking can be a bust, but additional spots are usually open farther down the street and the Rumba party bus will shuttle you back and forth.
Hampton Bays, (631) 594-3544