Four Food Studio & Cocktail Salon
(631) 577-4444, Melville
The seasons are built into Four’s décor where you’ll usually find a trendy crowd for happy hour or an evening of dancing. The main bar is bustling with well-dressed men and high-heeled woman jostling for pricey drinks. Lately Four has played host to everything from a 50th birthday party to a fashion show within their “rooms” which range from colorful spring, flirty summer, woodsy fall, and stark white winter. If your plans include a small crew around a bottle, the contours of the igloo-like winter room bounce conversations off the wall, which might keep things interesting. The outdoor space, ensconced in greenery, will make you forget you’re on Route 110.
American Social: Kitchen and Cocktails
(516) 557-2788, Massapequa
Come for the beer, stay for the technology. Two of the bar’s booths (expanding to four) are fitted with a four-tap system that can be stocked with any of the bar’s 25 different beers, most of which are craft. Reserve the booth for a $300 minimum then you and 11 of your closest friends can drink without getting up to hit the bar—bathroom visits still require the use of your legs however. In a few months their self-serve beer wall will be finished, then just swipe your credit card and pour. The soft, brown leather booths, glossy wood tables, wood floor and stone bar encourage the relaxed vibe here. After families eating dinner file out, a casually dressed, late 30s to 40s crowd comes in for rock music and live acoustic sets on weekends.
516-255-0065, Rockville Centre
Who needs Mexico when you can just go to Rockville Centre? This local, laid back fiesta spot serves up tropical ambiance and just about every flavor of mojito and margarita known to man. Summertime is welcomed into the joint when they open the big doors, blurring the line between indoors and out. The golden-throated can try for fame at Tuesday night’s Cabo Idol karaoke night. Jam out to the sounds of live Caribbean music on Wednesdays with tropical drink specials and check out Happy Hour on Thursdays and Fridays for two-for-one drinks. The only thing missing is the beach.
(212) 315-9400, NYC
Situated less than 500 feet off the Hudson River, this club’s main draw is the view it provides to its mostly professional crowd, with the occasional hipster tossed in, who also come to move to dance and hip-hop music and guests DJs. For the best views walk up two flights to the Rooftop Garden where a transparent covering retracts to let the fresh air in while walls of windows provide water views and a peek at the Intrepid. Surrounding the dance floor are private, curtained cabanas with sofas, tables and individual temperature controls if you want bottle service. A floor below is the Salon Club where guests, which often includes a birthday party or two, dance surrounded by sleek, Asian-inspired décor with lattice, red couches and tables, columns finished with salvaged, hand-hewn wood all under massive chandeliers. The Garden Terrace, just outside is a concrete and wood-paneled patio with plants, pillow-accented benches and speakers; it’s nice for fresh air but don’t expect much of a view.