The Perfect Date Itinerary to Explore Bay Shore This Season

Because all the best nights begin with oysters, cocktails, and live music.

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Don’t let the frosty temperatures keep you indoors this winter. Grab your special someone and bundle up for a romantic evening out on the town. For your next date night, head to Bay Shore’s historical downtown for an evening full of great food, strong drinks and live entertainment.

Start Your Date Night Window Shopping at Earth’n Vessel Pottery Studio

Located in the heart of Bay Shore, this studio is the perfect place to find a unique gift for yourself or someone you love. You will find one of a kind handmade pottery at this inventive little shop. Earthn’ Vessel is owned and operated by a 13-member cooperative of ceramic artists. The co-op provides aspiring artists with a creative outlet in their fully quipped pottery studio. The beautiful gallery located at the studio’s entrance is filled with unique earthenware for sale. Once you have found the perfect piece of pottery, make a quick left and head to the corner of Montauk Highway and Park Ave for an romantic dinner at Salt & Barrel.

Earth’n Vessel, 67 West Main Street, Bay Shore NY, 11706, (631)665-0060, Tuesday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Wednesday – Friday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner at Salt & Barrel

Everyone knows that oysters have long been believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac. Whether it is fact or fiction, no seafood lover can deny their desirability. Salt & Barrel carries a vast array of the freshest oysters from all over the world. Their impressive seafood inspired menu and collection of American whiskies are the perfect way start to a romantic evening. You can even learn how to shuck an oyster at their raw bar, which is a pretty unique skill to learn on a date! Our favorites include the Salt and Barrel Mussels, Day Boat Seared Scallops and the Pomme Frites.

Salt & Barrel, 61 West Main Street, Bay Shore NY, 11706, (631) 647-8818, Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM, Saturday 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM, Sunday 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Please note: bar and brunch hours are listed on the Salt & Barrel website.

Enjoy Live Entertainment at The YMCA Boulton Center

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After you have wined and dined with your significant other, prepare to be entertained! The YMCA Boulton Center is a quick stroll from Salt & Barrel, you won’t even have to cross the highway! With so many quality acts to choose from, you will have multiple weekends to plan your Bay Shore date night. Upcoming Events include live performances from The Verve Pipe, the Musical Parody Friends!, and the Big Laughs Comedy Showcase featuring 10 of Long Island’s newest up and coming comedians. Whether, you prefer to spend your night listening, watching or laughing, the Boulton Center has something fun for every couple.

YMCA Boulton Center, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore NY 11706, 631-969-1101, The Verve Pipe 1/19/19 8:00 PM, Friends! The Musical Parody 1/25/19 8:00 PM, Big Laughs The Up & Comers 2/1/19 8:00 PM

Finish Up with Dessert at the Bay Shore Bean Coffee House

As the saying goes, all good things must unfortunately come to an end – but not before you stop in at the Bay Shore Bean. This cozy little coffee house prides itself in serving only locally roasted fair-trade coffee. With all of their amazingly unique varieties, you may find yourself feeling fatigued after your whirlwind of a date night! For a little pick me up, favorites the Americano, Café Au Lait and Vanilla Cold Brew. If you find yourself with a little room for dessert, the rainbow cookie cake is as scrumptious as it looks!

Bay Shore Bean, 47 East Main Street, Bay Shore NY 11706, (631)647-7971, Hours Monday – Thursday 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Friday – Saturday 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM, Sunday 6:00 AM – 8:30 PM.

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Daniele Anderson Stringer

Award-winning lifestyle blogger, graphic designer, and mom. Loves animals, good books, and making soup. Visit her at weknowstuff.us.com for tasty recipes, fun kids crafts, and family-focused lifestyle articles.