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.”

Related: Long Island Wineries & Vineyards Guide

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. paintersrestaurant.com

Momos Sport Bar and Grill

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

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

That Meetball Place

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

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

Cucina

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

Harbor Crab

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

Dublin Deck

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

Vintage Wine Bar (Wine Glass Events)

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

Off Key Tikki

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

L.I. Pour House

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

Duffys

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

Lily Flanagan’s

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

Bench Warmers

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

Flying Pig Café

825 NY-25A, Miller Place. 631-849-6060. facebook.com/theflyingpigcafe

Applebees

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

Houlihans

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

TGI Fridays

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

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

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

Millers Ale House

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

Senix Creek Inn

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

Laurel Lake Vineyard

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

Long Island Vodka (North Fork)

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

Hotel Indigo

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

On The Border

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

O’Briens

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

Paradise Diner

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

East Islip Lanes

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

North Tap

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

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. musepaintbar.com

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

Paint the Town Studio

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

Darlings & Divas

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

Mini Monet

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

Artsea Studios

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

The Painted Canvas

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

Pinot’s Palette

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

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. claynationonline.com

THIS SIP AND SIP AND PAINT NIGHT VENUE LIST IS CONSTANTLY BEING UPDATED, SO IF YOU KNOW OF OTHERS, LET US KNOW AND WE’LL ADD IT TO THIS GUIDE AND DIRECTORY!

Comments