ET Magazine Smithtown

The Super Bowl is coming, and we’re all looking for places to watch the game. While we have our generic contenders, it’s always nice to fi nd a unique, hidden refuge with a solid beer list, food menu and reputable TV count. If you head to Huntington, Patchogue, Babylon, or any of the island’s happenin’ towns, there’s always a solid turnout for the sports events – especially this one. Some of my go-tos include Rust & Gold in Huntington, Changing Times in East Northport, Napper Tandy’s in Northport and Croxley’s Ale House . What makes for a good “sports bar”? I hear this question often. In my opinion, it’s a com- bination of elements. Solid staff, memorable bar food, drink specials and a comfortable at- mosphere. Whether I’m with friends and fam- ily, or solo, it’s important to me that my expe- rience is a positive one. Rust & Gold in Huntington Village is groovy. Seriously, the vibes are reminiscent of my time in Williamsburg and the people are equally as memorable. Good drink list, beer list (the El Sully is my go-to), snacks and games. Al- though my personal preference is the Buffalo Chicken Dip with a side of Jenga, they truly

offer something for everyone. Wings, Burgers, Apps – the list is endless. Also, did I mention the huge projector screen? I imagine that’s going to come in handy for everyone watching the game… or the half time show. Changing Times in East Northport is classic. Everything from the menu to the staff to the crowd – it’s all old school. There’s something so comforting about the atmosphere that I al- ways seem to end up here. Their wings are awesome, and so is most of their bar food. (Think apps and burgers!) They have stellar specials and an eye-opening number of TVs, making this spot perfect for watching the big game. Napper Tandy’s is a classic go-to. Close to my apartment in Northport, consistent, and fi lled with entertaining locals – this place is a good time. Surprisingly food forward, this place offers a number of unique, unexpected appetizers and entrees. I personally stick to the wings and drink specials, however my friends prefer to try the wacky menu additions including the coconut shrimp and potstickers. Last but not least, Croxley’s Ale House . Most of you are familiar with this place. Although

my personal preference is the Franklin Square location, Long Islander’s have their neighbor- hood favorite. Reliable, relaxed – Croxley’s never disappoints. Order some drinks, apps and enjoy the game with friends. Whether you prefer your neighborhood spot or trying something new, there are options for everyone this super bowl season. Chat with friends, peruse reviews, choose a spot and en- joy the big game!

Joanna Adduci Reed is a Northport resident, currently working as a Marketing & Social Media Specialist. She has a B.S. in Journalism from St. John's University and is active within her community as a writer and mentor. She enjoys cooking, traveling and singing in her Long Island-based cover band, Next Generation. Joanna can be reached by email at



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