Debbie Tavarone commanded the front of the private room in the back of That Meetball Place in Patchogue on a chilly Monday night. Donning a headset and a paintbrush, her voice rose above the chatter of eager painters, ready to get their drink on and get creative. But before anyone could get started, Tavarone demanded the painters under her tutelage pledge an oath:

“I solemnly swear to have fun and relax,” she asked everyone to repeat. “I will not bitch and moan, I will not throw my canvas across the room, I will not say ‘I ruined it!’”

The recitation set the tone for a fun, pressure-free night where Long Islanders could let their hair down and their inner artists out.

“That’s the beauty of ‘Paint Nite,’” her daughter Tammy Tavarone, of Paint Nite Long Island, told the Press. “It’s two hours to have a mini-escape for the soul. Just some down time when you can be in the moment. We connect hearts and minds, not through just a screen but in real life! In such a busy world humans crave face to face connection.”

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That Meetball Place is just one of an ever-growing number of venues throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties hosting “Sip and Paints” and “Paint Nites,” such as Tavarone’s. Testament to their ever-growing popularity is the lucrativeness for restaurants and businesses that hold them. Prior to running her Paint Nite business, Debbie Tavarone worked as a medical assistant for a gastroenterologist. She now says Paint Nite has proven more financially beneficial for herself, as well as the artists she employs.

Unlike most other sip-and-paint companies, Paint Nite doesn’t operate out of a storefront, but rather, their team of artists host events at bars and restaurants across Long Island on slow nights. Tavarone credited Paint Nite with nothing less than “saving the American bar,” explaining that there are substantial upticks in revenue on food and beverages at host venues on nights that are typically slower, such as Mondays and Tuesdays.

That Meetball Place event was no exception. Admittedly, chances are that now that I’ve been exposed to this venue and their menu, I too, will return—and my sisters and I most definitely helped out the venue, consuming a decent amount of wine, for starters.

We also sampled appetizers, ordering meatball sliders and an oversized hot pretzel. The wine unleashed our inner critics and let the paint, and laughter, flow. As the night moved on, quiet concentration turned to giddy chatter as patrons interacted with one another, shared tips, or complimented each other’s work. Some friendships were born, others deepened.

The room was quickly filled with positive energy, and the take-home token of such an experience is tangible. My painting rests of my fireplace mantel.

It may not be a Picasso, but it is mine.

Perfect for a fantastic time, regardless of the season, “Sip and Paints” and “Paint Nights” are taking place at restaurants, bars and art galleries all across Nassau and Suffolk counties. Here’s a list of Long Island Sip and Paint and Paint Night Venues:

Painters Restaurant

416 S. Country Rd., Brookhaven. 631-803-8593.

Momos Sport Bar and Grill

350 Union Ave., Holbrook. 631-648-9669.

667 Montauk Hwy., Bayport. 631-482-1399.

That Meetball Place

54 W Main St., Patchogue. 631-569-5888.

206 Main St., Farmingdale. 516-586-8880.


674 Montauk Hwy., East Quogue. 631-996-4550.

Harbor Crab

116 Division St., Patchogue. 631-687-2722.

Dublin Deck

325 River Ave., Patchogue. 631-207-0370.

Vintage Wine Bar (Wine Glass Events)

185 Main St., Farmingdale. 516-586-8833.

Off Key Tikki

31 Baker Pl., Patchogue. 631-475-1723.

L.I. Pour House

650 NY-112, Port Jefferson Station. 631-509-1914


95 E Hoffman Ave, Lindenhurst. 631-226-9464.

Lily Flanagan’s

345 Deer Park Ave., Babylon. 631-539-0816.

Bench Warmers

23 NY-25A, Mt. Sinai. 631-509-4077.

Flying Pig Café

825 NY-25A, Miller Place. 631-849-6060.


1251 Deer Park Ave., North Babylon. 631-242-7575.


725 Merrick Ave, Westbury. 516-222-8010.

TGI Fridays

716 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre. 516-594-9074.

3535 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown. 516-796-1549.

Smith Haven Mall, 328 Burr Ln., Lake Grove. 631-366-6289.

Millers Ale House

4000 Middle Country Rd., Lake Grove. 631-738-6725.

Senix Creek Inn

50 Senix Ave., Center Moriches. 631-878-8788.

Laurel Lake Vineyard

3165 Main Rd., Laurel. 631-298-1420.

Long Island Vodka (North Fork)

2182 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow. 631-630-9322.

Hotel Indigo

1830 W. Main St., Riverhead. 631-369-2200.

On The Border

Broadway Mall, 200 Broadway Mall, Hicksville. 516-342-7777.


3720 NY-112, Coram, NY 631-732-1141.

Paradise Diner

579 Veterans Hwy., Hauppauge. 631-724-1778

East Islip Lanes

117 E. Main St., East Islip. 631-581-6200.

North Tap

340 NY-25A, Mt Sinai. 631-743-9679.

O’Reilys Pub

927 Montauk Hwy. A, Oakdale. 631-472-4200.

Storefront sip and paint events on long lsland:

Muse Paintbar

837 Franklin Ave., Garden City. 516-874-3500.

34 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. 516-252-0515.

Paint the Town Studio

17 Green St., Ste. 6, Huntington. 631-683-5788.

Darlings & Divas

65 Merrick Rd., Amityville. 631-608-4710.

Mini Monet

19 Main St., Sayville. 631-218-9797.

Artsea Studios

65 Deer Park Ave., Babylon. 631-805-1892.

The Painted Canvas

6278 Rte. 25A, #10, Wading River. 631-886-2444.

Pinot’s Palette

61 W. Main Street, Bay Shore. 631-446-4777.

The Art Studio Wine Down Fridays

221 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre. 516-763-2050.

ClayNation Paint & Sip: Adult Night

31 Village Square, Glen Cove. 516-671-8788.


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