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When the mercury rises, there are few better places to spend your evenings than a stylish outdoor bar. After all, nothing beats fresh air, a fun atmosphere, and a refreshing cocktail. Whether you’re on the north shore or the south, craving a cold beer or a fancy cocktail, or looking for a casual atmosphere or an energetic night out, be sure not to miss these spots:
Looking for some fun and excitement? Flynn’s, at 1 Cayuga St in Ocean Beach, Suffolk County, boasts DJs, live reggae, and an extensive roster of weekend events. Their outdoor seating is located right on the water, and, if you’re so inclined, they also offer a cruise on The Moonchaser. Be sure to try a Flynntini, a unique twist on the classic martini made with coconut rum, pineapple rum, and pineapple juice, rimmed in honey and toasted coconut.
Looking for your an outdoor bar in Nassau County? Be sure not to miss The Buoy Bar, located at 72 Bayside Dr. in Point Lookout. They boast an outdoor deck that looks out over the inlet, events ranging from rubber duck races, to fishing tournaments, to psychic nights, and a full menu. Relax in one of their Adirondack chairs on the beach with a frozen Rum Runner.
Tropix on the Mile, found at 395 Woodcleft Ave. in Freeport, Nassau County, is a hip spot for events, craft beer, and signature cocktails. The atmosphere is fun and club-like, and the crowd tends to skew younger. If you’re looking for a place to dance and party, this might be your new spot! Enjoy the drinks while you take in the music from a variety of DJs, there’s something here for every taste.
Not looking for a spot on the water? Long Island has its share of stylish rooftop bars, too. Kasey’s Kitchen and Cocktails, located at 23 N Park Ave. in Rockville Centre, boasts Rooftop 32, with outdoor seating with a swanky atmosphere and a full drink menu. Try their Bubba Gump Punch, a bright, refreshing mix of bourbon, watermelon schnapps, lemonade, pineapple juice, and grenadine, or the signature Rooftop 32 cocktail, made with red berry vodka, muddled blueberries, strawberries, and lemon-lime soda.
View, at 3 Consuelo Pl. in Oakdale, offers patrons a bright, tropical atmosphere coupled with stunning views of the Great South Bay, a sushi bar, and a full menu of delicious small and large plate options. Visit at sunset and enjoy a red wine sangria on one of their comfortable sofas overlooking the water.
CowFish, found at 258 E Montauk Hwy. in Hampton Bays, offers patrons a comfortably rustic atmosphere with a two-story deck, Adirondack chairs, and a patio with full views of the canal, as well as friendly staff and a creative selection of summery cocktails. Relax and take in the view with a rum punch, a favorite of Long Island locals, or try their Spicy Margarita.
Dockers Waterside, at 94 Dune Rd. in East Quogue, Suffolk County, sits just a few yards from the edge of the picturesque Shinnecock Bay. All of their seating overlooks the water, including their tents (complete with heating, to keep you comfortable when the sea breezes blow in). Enjoy some live music from local bands, while you take in the casual, relaxing environs with a selection from their extensive wine list.
Long Island is known for its beaches, and these bars couple stunning views with creative cocktails and fun events. If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy a drink or two while you enjoy the sunset, or even just want to find a spot to host your next party, you can’t go wrong with any one of these charming outdoor bars.