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Navigating White Plains Nightlife, Pt. 1

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Feel like going out this weekend? Look no further than the restaurants along White Plains’ Mamaroneck Avenue. Once the sun sets, these everyday eateries and family friendly restaurants transform into hotspots for happy-hour specials, table-dancing, and mechanical bull rides, ultimately offering something for every reveler. Our three-part nightlife guide, starting with this first installment, should help narrow down which watering hole is right for you.

 

If you want to relax…

Ron Blacks Beer Hall

Photo courtesy of Ron Blacks

In contrast to other bars on Mamaroneck Avenue that tend to be deserted during the daylight hours, hitting Ron Blacks around 6 pm on a Tuesday promises a nice-sized crowd. Natural light fills the room while people chat over pints, soft-baked warm pretzels, and sliders.

According to manager Neal Alpuche, Ron Blacks definitely appeals to an older crowd as more of an upscale venue. While they do have a DJ on Saturday nights, “It’s more low-key for a quiet drink in the evenings,” he says. Perhaps one of the biggest draws is their impressive selection of 40 draft beers on tap. They also have a weekday happy hour from 4-8 pm. 

Something Noteworthy: Trivia is held on Tuesday nights and DJ Bingo on Thursday nights, Alpuche’s personal favorite. 

 

If you’re with a crowd…

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ

Photo courtesy of Brother Jimmy’s BBQ 

While this chain is best known for serving up Southern-style comfort food, the White Plains outpost also has an excellent bar. “What makes us different is that we are a Southern bar,” manager Chris Falesto explains. “We play country music, and we believe in Southern hospitality.”

Brother Jimmy’s boasts a lengthy happy hour lasting from 4-8 pm any day of the week. Once the kitchen closes at 10 pm (or 11 pm on Friday and Saturday, nights that also feature DJs and dancing), the crowd begins to pick up. “By 12 am, we are at what we call critical mass,” Falesto adds, “and we start winding down at 3 am.” 

Photo courtesy of Brother Jimmy’s BBQ

While the crowd can seem to skew young, Falesto assures night owls of all ages that Brother Jimmy’s works hard to provide an all-inclusive feeling.

Something Noteworthy: Signature cocktails and concoctions, like their fishbowl filled with a secret recipe referred to to as “Swamp Water.” It comes with lots of colorful straws and a rubber alligator. They also serve a Trashcan Punch for eight or more guests.

 

 

If you want to party…

Copper Face Jacks

Photo courtesy of Copper Face Jacks 

Copper Face Jacks is an Irish Pub serving Irish-American fare throughout the day, but after around 10 pm, crowds flock to the popular hangout spot. “We don’t mind throwing that party,” boasts manager Matt Klewan. In fact, the bar is spacious enough that on Thursday-Saturday nights, the cozy back section’s comfy booths and bookcase façade are packed up and replaced with a mechanical bull. You can ride it free of charge, or opt to watch and root/heckle as people try to hold on.

Later on, they’ll even let girls dance on the bar top and supply free shots. The bottom line is, Copper Face Jacks wants you to have a good time.

Something Noteworthy: Tijuana Tuesdays = $2 beers, $2 tequila shots, and a DJ.

 

Look for Part 2 of our Mamaranoneck nightlife guide in the coming couple weeks.

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