Who doesn't love a pub? Steeped in tradition and devoted to camaraderie, these neighborhood hangouts charm everyone. Plus, what kind of complaint could you have for a place that serves hefty pints, savory pub grub, and a constant dose of hospitality? We choose only the best pubs in Long Island to give you a feel for how good these places can be. Enjoy a glass of your favorite ale, a plate of fish and chips, and all the tall tales you can bear. Although John Harvard's Brew House is a tradition in town, all of our Long Island pubs easily deliver the feel-good experience you're craving.


This Irish-style pub, which boasts locations in East Hampton and Southold, offers a laid-back setting where folks can gather, down a few cold pints of stout, and enjoy good conversation with regulars on topics ranging from world events to sports. Added draws are tasty eats, which go above and beyond standard pub fare with marinated steaks and fresh seafood. Burgers, though, earn the loudest applause – the menu features more than two dozen versions, from classic burgers to ones topped with blue cheese.

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This German-styled alehouse uses 200-year-old recipes to produce some of the best micro-brewed beer in the land. The decor is distinctly Old Country, featuring dark woods, dim lighting, and a stone fireplace. Adding to the place's popularity is the hearty mix of American and traditional German dishes – burgers, potato-quilted filet mignon, sauerbraten, pork rippchen, and Black Forest chicken with spaetzle. During warmer months, guests have the option of dining in the beer garden outside. Black Forest also features live music each week.

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One of the best places to find a cold pint in the Hamptons, this fashionable brewpub enjoys a reputation that extends far and wide, thanks to famed, handcrafted brews and a menu that mixes traditional pub grub with more upscale options. Want something casual to go with your pint of Montauk Light or Oyster Stout? How about beer-battered shrimp or fish-n-chips? If something more substantial is in order, go for the sirloin gorgonzola or crabmeat-stuffed flounder. All the while, you can take in the interior scenery – ceilings supported by wood beams, polished hardwood floors, and one of the brassiest bars on the east side of LI.

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Perhaps a tad high-octane at times for a traditional Irish pub, this place nevertheless has a loyal crowd of followers, who pile in each night to enjoy cold pints and homemade grub. After all, the menu features such beer-friendly dishes as fried calamari, burgers, steaks, and baskets of either crab cakes or battered fish. As the night wears on, Napper's pace picks up, and live bands and fun-loving DJs do everything they can to get the crowds moving and shaking.

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The old, brick Reese Building, which dates from around 1900 (thus the name), offers an ideal setting for this Irish pub, which features dark paneled walls, a pressed-tin ceiling, a beautiful oak bar, and brass railings. Along with its cozy environs, the 1900 Pub serves a mouthwatering lineup of Irish and American pub grub – from fried fisherman's platters to burgers and crab cakes – not to mention ice-cold pints of Murphy's, Bass, Amstel Light, and, of course, Guinness Stout.

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With such an unwieldy moniker, you'd think this pub would get lost in the crowd. But, just the opposite has happened on Long Island – folks remember the Beantown-based brewhouse and spread the word to friends and visitors. Maybe it's the reasonable prices, tasty pub grub, or outstanding selection of home-brewed beers. Who knows, but the young, mostly collegiate crowd returns time and again. Casual dress.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the yellow building with dark green awnings while cruising through Center Moriches, or you may just miss this authentic Irish pub. Indeed, from its antique bar and stained wood paneling to its tasty comfort food and cold stout, Buckley's is about as Blarney as you can get without having to board a flight for the Emerald Isle. Families are welcome in the restaurant-style dining room, which has a more subdued setting than the bar, which tends toward the high-strung when a big game is on the tube. Live music on weekends, karaoke on Wednesdays, and terrific food and drink specials throughout the week give added appeal.

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Dark wood paneling, dim lighting, a beautiful 40-foot bar, and neighborly service – this charming pub most assuredly lives up to its motto, "Life's a little sweeter at a B.K. Sweeney's." Part of a family of watering holes/restaurants, the Garden City edition attracts large crowds most every night, whether folks are coming in for a cold pint and a bit of grub, to catch a game on one of the 26 satellite TVs, or to meet up with friends and catch up on the day's news. A word to the wise: not trying one of their legendary Sweenburgers is not a good move!

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Boasting nearly six dozen on-tap brews (including regional microbrews and hard-to-find international ales and lagers), not to mention some of the tastiest pub grub on Long Island, Croxley is one of the area's most popular gathering spots. Terrific food and drink specials ensure that the place is always packed, and clear sight lines to 15 TVs strategically arranged throughout the seating area make Croxley a terrific game day destination. An impressive lineup of single malt scotches is also available.

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Cold-tapped beer and cozy confines help define this Wantagh watering hole, which is a good place to catch your breath at the end of the day. Guido's doesn't force patrons to conform to the latest fashion trends or be anybody other than themselves, and that's just how regulars like it. Pool tables and dartboards provide competitive distraction for those up to the task, and a fireside sitting area invites relaxing. Weekly promotions include awesome drink specials, Tuesday night's dart league, and Friday's karaoke parties.

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