Cooler air can’t stop the music. When the summer ends, the scene simply shifts inside and on Long Island, there’s no shortage of restaurants to go to when looking to catch some local artists jam while unwinding with a cold one and some apps. Get your friends together. You’ll want to get out to one or five of these ASAP.
Verde Wine Bar, Deer Park
Wind down after a day at work with some easy listening and your favorite vintage at Verde. Live saxophone fills the bar on Wednesdays, which double as Ladies’ Night. Get the girls together for half-priced everything, food and liquor. On Thursdays, acoustic guitar takes centerstage. Go there.
Shandon Court, East Islip
Live music is an every night kind of thing at Shandon Court. The East Islip favorite has even dubbed Monday Night Musicians’ Night, essentially an open mic night for musicians. On Sundays, bring the family for a traditional Roast Dinner, when the Irish tunes pair perfectly with delectable prime rib, turkey and ham. Go there.
Let Johnny Sax provide the soundtrack to your Sunday brunch every week from 12-3pm. As he plays, cure the hair of the dog with $13 bottomless Bloody Mary’s and bellinis as you wrap up the weekend the right way. Go there.
Bobbique is a destination for blues music, good vino and hand-crafted beers. Grab a seat at the bar, choose from more than 125 craft beers and 12 tap lines or your favorite grape and listen to a mind-blowing weekly lineup of talented musicians Wednesdays through Saturdays. Go there.
The Wine Cellar on Main, Northport
Located in the heart of the quaint Northport Village just steps from Northport Harbor, The Wine Cellar on Main has live music Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The rustic and intimate setting is the ideal space to discover new local talent while sipping anything from Sparkling Pinot Noir to a wide selection of Long Island craft beers. Go there.
Grey Horse Tavern, Bayport
Walk up to the Grey Horse Tavern entrance and you’ll see a quote from Bob Marley in the window, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Grey Horse Tavern loves its local musicians as much as it loves its local farmers and serving Bayport fresh, homemade cuisine. Long Island acts provide live entertainment three to four times per week. Listen to your musically-inclined neighbors as you enjoy brunch, dinner and Happy Hour. Go there.
Blues Monday every third Monday of the month. A chance to jam the last Thursday of the month. Live acts throughout the week in an upscale environment with small plates. Treme is the place to be for music lovers who have no shame in admitting they left their dive bar days behind them when they turned 40 (or 30 for those quicker to mature). Go there.
Mirabelle Tavern, Stony Brook
Order a bite to eat and a glass of wine or pint of beer as live music plays Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at this classy-but-comfortable Stony Brook staple. Go there.