Sip and Watch the Belmont Stakes on LI

If you aren’t one of the more than 100,000 people heading to the Belmont Stakes this year, don’t worry too much. There’s still opportunity to throw on a fedora and sip a cocktail while watching Long Island’s leg of the Triple Crown. Head over to any of these five Long Island spots serving delicious cocktails and be part of this annual frenzy.

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Changing Times Ale House, Farmingdale, Bay Shore and East Northport

Changing Times Ale House makes viewing any sports event easy with dozens of televisions. What makes it even better for a Belmont Stakes viewing party is the long list of cocktails to choose from. From a martini list, to frozen drinks and fish bowls, this popular Long Island chain has a little something to satisfy any craving. There are also seasonal drinks like the Beach Side at the Farmingdale location made with peach vodka, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and Ginger Ale. Farmingdale: Phone: 631-694-6462 | Address: 1247 Melville Rd, Bay Shore: Phone: 631-647-7871 | Address: 29 E Main St., East Northport: Phone: 631-368-3255 | Address: 526B Larkfield Rd Click to go

George Martin’s Burger Bar, Massapequa Park

Avoid the bar scene and head to GM Burger Bar for a viewing party instead. The restaurant is getting into the Belmont spirit with the Belmont Jewel. This race-special cocktail ($10) is made with Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon, lemonade and pomegranate liqueur. Pair the cocktail with one of the popular burgers like the Black Jack, an exclusive blend with candied bacon, pepper jack cheese, black jack sauce and cherry peppers on a brioche roll. Or opt for some comfort food like crispy chicken and waffles and beer-battered onion rings as an appetizer. Either way the cozier viewing experience will be tasty. Phone: 516-308-7722 | Address: 4902 Merrick Rd Click to go

MoMo’s Bar & Grill, Holbrook

This popular Suffolk County bar prides itself on its cocktails making it another great choice for a Belmont Stakes party. Watch the race while sipping on one of several specialty cocktails like the Bad Boy Lemonade made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, lemonade, lemon and dash of bitters. Or choose from one of three martinis including the Key Lime Pie Martini made with Pinnacle Vanilla Vodka, simple syrup, lime Juice and pineapple juice. Phone: 631-648-9669 | Address: 350 Union Ave. Click to go

Legends, New Suffolk

Head to this longtime North Fork restaurant and bar (opened in 1993) for some upscale Belmont Stakes viewing. Take a seat at the bar section furnished with warm woods and brass accents to watch on one of more than 20 flat screen TVs. Chow down on a burger or sandwich and sip a well cocktail of choice. Phone: 631-734-5123 | Address: 835 1st St. Click to go

The Rust & Gold, Huntington

This new addition to Huntington comes equipped with eight 65″ flat screen TVs, American fare with a twist and creative drink options. Watch the Belmont Stakes while sipping on the standout Fairview Street made with Xicaru Silver mezcal, roobois-tea syrup, Aperol frozen and white grapefruit juice. The frozen options are just as original with the help of three slushie machines—and that includes frozen rosé. Phone: 631-629-4431 | Address: 70 Gerard St. Click to go

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