Wednesday, February 8

Ten Great Dive Bars on Long Island

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Don’t expect much and you won’t be disappointed. We found ten of our favorite so-called dive bars across Long Island. Basically, local places to have a drink or two and maybe a bite to eat. No pretense. No gimmicks. No dress code. Just a local place to hoist a few.

The Broken Down Valise – One person online gave it a two-star review and commented, “it’s not the place to get a fancy cocktail or a wide wine list,” which is probably the biggest compliment a dive bar could ever get. Where: 180 Pike Street, Mattituck, (631) 298-9796.

Tara Inn – Once a bowling alley, the Tara Inn has been a local watering hole where those who know can get decent drinks and okay food at a great price. It’s been around so long that the owner’s daughter who the bar is named after grew up to now own the place and is actually a village justice in Port Jefferson.  Where: 1519 Main Street, Port Jefferson, (631) 828-5987.

Valencia Tavern –  Described by patrons as “classic,” “old-school,” “one of the last remaining authentic dive bars,” and “an old fashioned bar like the old days.” Newsday says it was built in 1933 as a residence but the owner had it rezoned so he could serve food from his home – smart dude. Where: 236 Wall Street, Huntington, (631) 683-4166.

Misfits Tavern  – A place where people who stand out fit in. Live music. Cold beers. Good times. Where: 800 Middle Country Road, Ridge, (631) 775-8733.

Jillys 11 – As one reviewer put it on Google, “Yes, it’s a dive bar, but welcoming and fun. We had a great time here. Not for everyone, but perfect for us!” Where: 713 Medford Avenue, Patchogue, (631) 475-6323.

Nolan’s Pub – “Nothing wrong with a cool dive bar!!! Cheap and fun and a pool table old house fun.” – Guy who knows a thing or two about dive bars on Google. Where: 435 East Park Avenue, Long Beach, (516) 432-9530.

Railroad Inn – They have dart boards and railroad themed decor. Conveniently, also near the railroad. You get drinks there. Hits all the marks. Where: 151 S Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream, (516) 561-9397.

SomePlace Else – Touts itself as “the cleanest dive bar on Long Island.” Nuff said. Where: 226 Higbie Lane, West Islip, (631) 539-9777.

Jax Cocktail Lounge – Cocktails? Yes. Lounge? Maybe. Dart tourneys and beer at this long-standing staple in Lake Ronkonkoma. Where: 720 Portion Rd, Lake Ronkonkoma, (631) 467-9703.

Charlie Bullfrogs – Like Cheers where everyone knows your name but is named Charlie Bullfrogs. Where: 316 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, (516) 352-2384.


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