Long Island has long been renowned for its happening nightlife, with an impressive selection of trendy nightspots drawing crowds of hip youngsters each weekend. But it's not just the youthful 20-somethings who get to enjoy the island's dance clubs--Long Island also boasts a first-rate nightlife and entertainment scene for those over 40 who want to enjoy some music, drinks and dancing without the cheesy strobe lights and the teenagers' pop-disco tunes.
Port Jazz, on Long Island's North Shore, is the place to be for the island's finest live music and entertainment. Port Jazz, affectionately dubbed 'PJ's', is alive enough to make the club a nighttime hot spot, but is still low-key enough to be separated from the head-thumping clubs frequented by the under-30 crowd.
Also home to Long Island's hippest DJs 'Brett B' and 'Cleveland,' the club plays everything from '70s and '80s dance tunes to jazz and even rock. The club's decor will also be highly appreciated by the 40+ crowd, with art deco lighting features, hardwood floors, cozy furniture and a charming fireplace.
Port Jazz 201 Main Street Port Jefferson, NY 631-476-7600 clublongisland.com
Napper Tandy's, on Northport, Long Island, the self-proclaimed "Pub that Parties Likes a Club!", is famous for its unpretentious Irish charm and excellent free live music. On Friday and Saturday nights, Tandy's is crowded with locals dancing the night away after Happy Hour to upbeat tunes by The Bruno Brothers and 5 O'Clock Shadow.
The lively pub/club also offers delicious no-frills meals such as wings and Irish burgers to enjoy while you listen to the stellar live band or DJ playing. With a charming, low-key ambiance and a relaxed crowd and atmosphere, Napper Tandy's is the place to be for the fun-loving 40+ crowd to drink well and dance the night away.
Napper Tandy's 229 Laurel Avenue Northport, NY 11768 (631) 757-4141 nappertandysirishpub.com
The Lizard Lounge
The Lizard Lounge is an upscale martini lounge that prides itself on being frequented by celebrities and recording artists. While the club/lounge is a popular party spot for youngsters on Friday and Saturday nights, weeknights are much more low-key and invite the older, yet still trendy 40+ crowd, to come out and play.
The club offers an eclectic range of music to enjoy from salsa to jazz and hip hop, while serving top-notch martinis. The club also boasts karaoke and dancing every Wednesday and Thursday, and Happy Hour each Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.
The Lizard Lounge 4589 Sunrise Highway Bohemia, NY 11716 631-244-7300 lizardloungeli.com