Revolution Bar and Music Hall
(631) 264-7712, Amityville
What once was Ollie’s Point is now bigger and better. Live music trumps atmosphere here: Worn wood floors, minimal décor and plenty of hang-out or dancing space in front of the stage. The main bar, which keeps true to the dive-bar theme, is set away from the stage so you can actually have a conversation. But chances are you came to hear live music, with good sound, acoustics, lighting and dancing with 300 of your closest friends. The outdoor patio adorned with trees, standing tables and holiday lights fills with a rotation of smokers and fresh-air seekers. Linger past your bedtime and you’ll be rewarded with egg sandwiches after 2am—very rock ‘n’ roll. John Nolan (3/14) of Taking Back Sunday and Orgy (3/22) will rock out this month as well as Lita Ford (remember her?) on the 29th.
Horace & Sylvia’s Publick House
(631) 587-5081, Babylon
Townies, couples and the happy hour crowd fawn over the barroom at this Babylon Village gastropub. Sidle up to any of the benches beneath the front windows overlooking Deer Park Avenue or join a circle of friends around the comfy leather chairs by the gas fireplace. When it’s quiet, you could easily spend your afternoon watching a game on the flat screen or discussing Yeats with someone who also doesn’t have to be anywhere in particular. Sheer curtains separate each of the booths, providing privacy without feeling restricted, and devotees love the short wait to get one.
(516) 594-1222, RVC
Usher in the weekend at this classic happy hour pub so close to the LIRR platform you can read the schedule. Grab a pumpkin porter, a plate of hot wings and a seat near the large, sliding windows and watch RVC stir as after hours spills into evening. That’s when the vibe skews younger as the older crowd gives way to 20-30 year olds looking for a night out and a DJ to get them moving. Booths handcrafted and imported from Ireland line the walls inside and the outdoor patio’s bar is a quiet alternative to the crowd inside.
(212) 614-6818, NYC
This LES lounge is named after the famous Cuban city and feels just as exotic with its sexy, funky atmosphere. Keeping true to Cuban style and colors, you’ll find a shiny, teal ceiling and walls, white cushioned benches and chairs, and a gold plated, wrought iron fence along the staircase. Rum punch bowls, with names like Isle of Manhattan Fizz or The Funky Old Man from Martinique make this place worth a visit with a gaggle of friends. The latter is made from Rhum Saint James Royal Ambre, lime, mint, Angostura and champagne for parties of 2-3 or 10-15 people.
Photo by Stephen Lang