Now that warmer days have seeped into the forecast, it gives Long Islanders every excuse to enjoy drinks outdoors. And when the bay serves as the backdrop, there’s no shame in lingering past curfew to watch the sunset. Whether it’s savoring an aged wine in the evening or sipping mimosas in the morning, these 10 Long Island outdoor bars offer flavorful drinks with a side of gorgeous skies.
The Oar House, Patchogue
This nautical-themed bar and restaurant has been serving its loyal customers for more than two decades. Located on the Sun-Dek Marina, guests can enjoy one of The Oar House’s daily happy hour specials like Buck A Shuck Tuesdays when $1 oysters rise to the top of the food chain. Click to taste.
Dockers Waterside, Quogue
Dockers Waterside lives up to its name. Located just a few feet from the Shinnecock Bay, visitors can enjoy the upscale surf ‘n’ turf menu as they sip a salt-rimmed margarita. If it gets too breezy, sit underneath one of the fully heated tents while listening to some live music from local band the Mean Machine. Click to taste.
Southampton Social Club, Southampton
The white tablecloths and drapery-enclosed booths give this Hamptons spot an elegant look, and a menu that features Caribbean spiced mahi-mahi makes it fun. The outdoor cabana and sunset bar is the perfect spot to watch the day turn into night with co-workers or girlfriends. When the sun bids adieu, world-class DJs transition guests from happy hour to a stylish dance party. Click to taste.
Although Prime is known for its steaks and seafood, this high-end eatery is extremely versatile. Guests can savor a glass of wine paired with a three-course price fixed menu at their Wednesday wine dinners, then pop in on Sunday for sangria and live music at the Jazz Brunch. Best part is, visitors can take their drinks outside on the outdoor deck overlooking the beautiful Huntington Harbor. Click to taste.
CowFish, Hampton Bays
The resort-style East End restaurant knows how to win over a crowd. Equipped with a two-story deck, patio, lounge and Adirondack chairs, sunset views come easy. As far as drinks go, the rum punch is a local favorite. CowFish also offers gluten-free options, making the menu just as accommodating as the noted friendly staff. Click to taste.
A fish-focused menu and stunning views of the Great South Bay from the outdoor deck allows View to transport guests somewhere tropical. Daily specials (such as the aptly named “Tropical Thursdays” with a three-course prix fixe menu) and a vibrant and colorful ambiance have guests feeling like they are on vacation without the travel woes. Click to taste.
Salt On The Water, Merrick
Salt On The Water offers a variety of American cuisine featuring seafood, steaks and pasta. When the weather is good, snag a seat outside and order the popular Guava Margarita. The ingredients just scream summer: Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh squeezed lime juice, pink guava purée, homemade honey, orange simple syrup and pineapple juice. Click to taste.
Tropix On The Mile, Freeport
Fit for a younger crowd, this club-like bar and restaurant brings South Beach and Vegas to Long Island. Come for the sandy outdoor bar, stay for the music, dance floor and craft beer, wine and cocktails. Click to taste.
Hudson’s On The Mile, Freeport
The energetic vibes at this hip venue can be attributed to the live band and eclectic seafood menu. Ask for a spot on the outdoor deck, unwind with a beer and let the lobster tacos and view of the legendary Nautical Mile speak for itself. Click to taste.
Kasey’s Kitchen & Cocktails, Rockville Centre
Why travel to Manhattan for posh rooftop bars when there is one right here on Long Island? Kasey’s Kitchen & Cocktails has been serving the community for more than 15 years with delicious small bites and larger entrees to pair with wine, beer and champagne. Click to taste.