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 hunger pangs hit, the restaurant menu offers appetizing entrees like banana-curry tiger shrimp with jasmine rice or grilled filet mignon with spicy béarnaise sauce. There's also an equally-tantalizing lineup of appetizers and a stellar wine list. Outdoor seating is available on the back patio. Dinner reservations are suggested.

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One of the most intense nightlife scenes in the Hamptons, Dune (formerly called Cain) bills itself as a primo gathering spot for vacationing celebs, models, and well-to-dos. In many ways, that's just what it is. DJs kick the house sound system into overdrive each night, and it's not uncommon for the dance floor to stay crowded until the lights come on at closing. Be sure you're dressed to the nines, or you won't even make it through the door. NB Formerly Jet East.

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The inn housing this summertime hotspot dates from the 1750s and has long been a haven for folks wanting to escape big-city worries. Now one of the largest nightclubs on Long Island with some 30,000 square feet, the aptly-named White House hosts awesome dance parties and great live music all season. The good times fire up in May and last until the fall, compelling hot locals and fashionable tourists to rub shoulders on the patio, bump and grind on the dance floor, or kick back in the lounge. Big names that have played and/or hosted parties here include the Blackeyed Peas Fergie and Kevin Dillon of Entourage fame.

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Boasting a pubby atmosphere and a strong lineup of talented performers, this comedy club is the place to be at the end of the week, especially if you and your party are looking for a fun, inexpensive night out. Brokerage features a wide range of performers each week, from up-and-coming regional comedians to folks you've seen on Leno or Letterman to topflight musical acts. If you think you've got a knack for entertaining, you may want to consider stopping in for open-mic night (the first Thursday of each month). There's a two-drink minimum for all shows.

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Possibly Long Island's top comedy club, Governor's brings in top national acts – the kind of folks who appear on late-night TV and have their own HBO specials – to entertain eager masses. A spacious setting and a menu of both pub grub and dinner entrees help make the club the type of place where folks feel comfortable hanging out before and after the show. Headliners include everybody from SNL-vet Jim Breuer to Tommy Davidson, Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling, and the "Diceman" himself, Andrew Dice Clay.

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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 Fitzgerald novel, much to the delight of the well-dressed 30-something clientele. Cigar smokers find safe haven in Churchill's cigar store and lounge, which features cozy seating, plasma screen TVs, and plenty of premium cigars. A great place to enjoy cocktails and a bite to eat before or after testing your luck at Race Palace, an OTB facility in what was once the Vanderbilt concert hall.

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Looking for a cool, groovy place to sip martinis and listen to live music? This Port Jefferson nightspot may be right up your alley. A bar serves as the room's focal point (as it should be) and is surrounded by a stylish interior that includes sponge-painted walls, pendant lighting, and comfortable pieces of furniture. Fridays and Saturdays feature everything from traditional jazz and blues performers to folks specializing in old school R&B and funk. Expect a fashionable, mixed crowd.

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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, meanwhile, offers a brighter, garden-like setting with hanging plants and glass walls and ceilings. After dinner, you may want to head to the lounge for after-dinner drinks, enjoying the music of a pianist serenading the crowd. Reservations are encouraged.

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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, prepared in the open kitchen. Happy hour with live music Friday 5pm-7pm. NB The live music begins at 7pm and goes until 10pm; DJs after that.

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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. Linger at the bar over a signature coconut martini, and keep your eyes peeled for celebs – Billy Joel, Daniel Baldwin and Joey Fatone have all made previous appearance here! VIP lounge available by reservation.

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