22 Best Bars in Long Island, New York

The Stephen Talkhouse

Fodor's choice

You can hear live rock, jazz, and blues music, including many well-known acts, nearly every summer night and most off-season weekend nights at the Stephen Talkhouse. Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, and Jon Bon Jovi have played there either spontaneously or for charities. With two bars, a small stage, and a dance floor, it's usually a laid-back scene, but the place can get packed on weekends. Open mike nights and karaoke allow everyone a share of the spotlight on designated nights. Cover charges start at around $25. Sign up for their email list for promotions and free tickets for some shows. Doors open one hour before showtime, usually around 6 or 7; arrive early for the best spot.

Beach Bar

Live music, DJs, theme nights, and drink specials keep this longtime outdoor hotspot, about 8 miles west of Southampton, going all afternoon into the night Thursday–Sunday during the summer. A $10 cover is charged. The on-site restaurant, Shuckers Lobster Bar (dinner Friday, lunch and dinner weekends), offers a lobster feast, quick bites, salads, and a kids menu.

Casino Bar

Davis Park

There is no gambling at this oceanfront "Casino," but it's always a party here, with live bands on weekend afternoons, a D.J. for dancing at night, and drink specials. If you're looking for a place to relax and enjoy the views, come during the week; this place packs out, and it's shoulder to shoulder on weekends. A $5–$10 cover is charged when there’s a band. Dinner is served daily at the adjacent Casino Cafe. Get here via the ferry from Patchogue.

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Cherry's on the Bay

Cherry Grove

Whatever you do, don't ask the bartender for an iced tea at this bayfront bar, famous for having some of the best cocktails on the island. Here, it's about drag queens, D.J.s, and some of the wildest parties, all under the famous red and white-striped big top. The crowd is predominantly gay but everyone here is welcome, as long as you're happy. Get here by ferry from Sayville.

158 Bayview Walk, Fire Island, NY, 11707, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed early Oct.–mid-May

Corner Bar

For true local flavor, head for the Corner Bar. It's not fancy, it's not trendy, and the locals love it that way. Open when everything else has closed for the night, it's ideal for a late-night snack; the burger is known to be one of the best in town. This place also packs a good lunch crowd for un-fussy, unpretentious, and reasonably priced food.


Ocean Bay Park

This Fire Island institution, steps away from where the ferry from Bay Shore docks, overflows with not-long-out-of-college singles enjoying drinks and live music. If you want to skip the scene, come for lunch. Their dinner cruise (July and August, Tuesday–Thursday, departing at 7; $39, plus $14 for the ferry) includes a big buffet of seafood, sliced roast, ribs, and all the fixings, and attracts people of all ages.

Cayuga St., Fire Island, NY, 11706, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–early May

Ice Palace

Cherry Grove

Famous for poolside drag-queen shows (with some of the most beautiful queens anywhere), this is one of Fire Island's most famous gay bars, but it's something that anyone with an open mind and a wild sense of adventure should experience at least once in a lifetime. Grab a cocktail, lounge by the pool (or buy a day pass to jump in), and enjoy the show.

1 Dock Walk, Fire Island, NY, 11782, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed late Sept.–late Apr.

Jetty Bar & Grill

At the easternmost part of the West End of Long Beach, this is a great place to start your night of bar hopping. Have a capirinha or watermelon-jalapeño mojito and enjoy tapas with friends. The bar has live music, daily specials, and theme nights like Wild West Wednesday and Summer Sunday Funday.

832 W. Beech St., Long Beach, NY, 11561, USA


Legend's is a casual yet classy sports bar and restaurant in tiny, nautical New Suffolk village, a few miles south of Cutchogue. Wednesday evenings in summer you may want to bring a chair or blanket to the nearby beach to watch the Robins Island sailing race at 6 pm; afterward join the sailors and spectators at the bar. Listen to live music and catch your favorite sporting events on more than 20 flat-screen TVs.

Minnesota's Grill & Bar

This popular restaurant and nightspot features an expansive dance floor and top DJs, two huge projection screens with 10 additional HDTVs—usually tuned to a game—and newly renovated indoor and outdoor dining. Nightly food and drink specials include Mussel Monday with all-you-can-eat mussels and a live steel-drum band, Half Price Night on Thursday, and a happy hour on Friday. Try the craft lobster roll, offered in three varieties and packed with five or six claws of fresh Maine lobster.


The locals will tell you that this is "a hidden gem," "a kind of a secret around here." Chances are, they would prefer to keep it a secret. They come here for one reason only—to watch the sun lower in the sky, lighting up the bluffs surrounding beautiful Fort Pond. You'll meet nice people at the outdoor daiquiri bar, and even sometimes see kids running around the bar or playing horseshoes. If you want to have a meal with your sunset, a variety of options includes jerk chicken wings, salads, wraps, seafood, and lobster entrees.

Murf's Back Street Tavern

This is the locals' beloved neighborhood dive bar, tucked away behind Main Street in a small 1790s saltbox home that was built entirely out of recycled whaling ships back when resources were tight. Crowds pack in for cheap-ish beer, darts, and ring toss, and pizza if they get hungry.

64 Division St., Sag Harbor, NY, 11963, USA

Nolan's Pub

If you're looking for a chic beachy bar with a hipster young crowd, this is definitely not the place for you. This is your friendly neighborhood watering hole with a game on the TV, a jukebox in the corner, a pool table, and bocce ball out back (with tournaments). The beer isn't fancy and there are no "signature cocktails," but if you hit it at the right time, you might get complimentary hot dogs fresh off the grill or free pizza. Bring cash—that's all they accept here.

435 E. Park Ave., Long Beach, NY, 11516, USA


Ocean Beach

Live music, dancing, karaoke, drink specials, Christmas in July, and toga parties—this is the place to party in Ocean Beach if you're post-college age, or want to feel as if you are.

470 Bay Walk, Fire Island, NY, 11770, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed mid-Sept.–Memorial Day

Sloppy Tuna

With drink specials and fun events throughout the week—like carnivals and parties with lawn games and goldfish races—and an occasionally raucous post-college crowd, this place has been compared with the Jersey Shore. With its beachfront location and ocean views, it's got a laid-back beach-party vibe and frequently has live bands. The food (lunch and dinner) gets high marks.

148 S. Emerson Ave., Montauk, NY, 11954, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.–mid. May

Southampton Social Club

This is the place to come to if you want to be part of the Hamptons "scene." Although dinner is served here, the party doesn't really get started until 11 pm, with live music or DJs, and goes until the wee hours Thursday through Saturday. Come early—around 10—to have a drink at the bar and a (pricey) bite to eat to avoid lines. Make sure to dress your best. Although it's mainly a summer spot, it may be open Saturday nights fall through early January, and hosts special events throughout the year.

256 Elm St., Southampton, NY, 11968, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–Apr. (except some Sat. nights and special events) and Mon. and Tues. May–Sept.


With a loungy-chill vibe, this quaint neighborhood bar is a great place to grab a beer and bite to eat (like the popular avocado fries) with friends. The crowd is friendly if a bit loud, and the Friday night live music always good.

Surf Lodge

On scenic Lake Montauk this place is part bar/lounge, part restaurant, part hotel, but the real draws are the young, hipster vibe and über-cool indie bands that play here. The cocktails, like Brazilian-style capirinha and ginger-mint lemonade, are pricey but delicious. Get here early, especially when a popular band is playing; the place packs out to capacity, and you could get turned away. If you want to guarantee your spot, you can reserve table service for a minumum of $1,000 for 6 people or $1,800 for a group of 8; if you stand in line, the price is considerably less (ticket prices vary per event).

T.J. Finley's

Beer-geeks unite! This packed bar offers a dizzying array—usually more than 80—of local and import varieties, including cask ales, and has its own beer club. A menu of pub grub, barbecue, sandwiches, and salads is offered to accompany its brews.

The Cortland

This tiny establishment is one of the coolest little hole-in-the-wall places you'll find in the area. Popular among the young hipster crowd, it’s the place to enjoy craft beers, creative cocktails, and infusions like hop-infused vodka. Fun events include live-music, trivia, and art nights.

27 W. Main St., Bay Shore, NY, 11706, USA

The Saloon

A local neighborhood classic, The Saloon has large windows opening to the sidewalk and there's always a crowd (mostly in the twenties age group) spilling out onto the backyard deck. There's live music on Thursday and Sunday.

Whiskey Wind

Popular with fisherfolk and laborers, this bar is the real Greenport. A fixture from the old days, it's still frequented mainly by local residents and their dogs, and has dartboards, a pool table, and a jukebox. Bar food is available.