If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Long Island guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Long Island for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like Red Dish Grill & Martini Bar to busy places like Rare Olive Lounge that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Huntington area? No fear - we share all the facts!

Red Dish Grill & Martini Bar


An impressive dinner menu and killer martinis wow patrons at this popular restaurant and cocktail bar. Among the delectable menu items are pank- crusted chicken breast with balsamic dressed tomato, red onion, basil and fresh mozzarella, and...  Read More

Maxwell and Dunne's


Maxwell and Dunne's features one of Plainview's top happy hours, complete with great prices on beer, wine, and mixed drinks and tasty appetizers like baked stuffed ciabatta and sweet coconut shrimp. The speakeasy-style setting recollects a...  Read More



Where does Ocean Beach's 20-something crowd hang out during the summer? It's a safe bet that you'll find a good many of them at this Bay Walk watering hole, where cold drinks and terrific food (try the fried calamari – it's a local legend!)...  Read More

La Madonna


Savor green apple martinis and tasty hors d'oeuvre and enjoy live bands from the patio of this spunky restaurant and lounge. If you're looking for dinner, it's hard to go wrong with flavorful eats like lobster linguini or marinated skirt steak,...  Read More

Honu Kitchen and Cocktails
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This restaurant and bar combines a sleek, contemporary design with tropical accents like red lanterns and palm trees. Hawaiian inspired dishes like tempura of red snapper and smoked chili pork tenderloin with cucumber and mango line the menu....  Read More

Red Bar & Restaurant


As the name no doubt anticipates, red is the preferred color at this New York Avenue restaurant and lounge. Euro-chic decor and a big city attitude set the stage inside, and the sleek bar area is a favorite gathering place for area hipsters. If...  Read More

Polo Lounge & Conservatory


Elegant and urbane, Polo Lounge attracts a well-heeled clientele who enjoy sipping evening martinis or glasses of wine amid richly stained hardwood floors, cozy banquettes, a round bar, and recessed lighting. The aptly named Conservatory,...  Read More

Hampton Bays
Boardy Barn


A local fave since the early '70s, Boardy Barn sports a laid-back, casual atmosphere where folks feel free to be themselves. Cheap beer and great music are mainstays, much to the delight of the fun-loving 20-somethings who clamor here each...  Read More