OUT on the island: The new Bunk House

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The Bunk House exudes a feeling of being at home, but in an exciting, camp way: the two big lounge areas adjacent to the dance floor and stage are complete with big, comfortable couches, coffee tables and kitschy lamps.

photo: Peter Regan

Don’t be turned off by the dark parking lot or the sheet-like sign proclaiming “Bunk House” hanging over the doorway at 620 Waverly Place in Patchogue. This club, recently relocated from Sayville, is an absolutely fabulous home to Long Island queers and their friends on Friday and Saturday nights.

The intergenerational, multi-racial, multi-gendered crowd tends to be a predominantly older crew before 11pm, sharing beers and swapping stories. Laughter permeates the darkened, pre-party club as glittery hula-hoops, multi-colored light projectors and rainbow adornments are carefully hung from the ceiling in preparation for the night’s celebrations.

The somewhat steep twelve dollar cover charge will slowly lose its sting as you realize that over 21-year olds each get a free drink ticket. Under 21s: these parties are 18 and up. (Those of you who are 17 and younger, check out the Health section of this issue for information on the Long Island GLBT Center, where you can find ways to get connected and have a good time.)
The Bunk House exudes a feeling of being at home, but in an exciting, camp way: the two big lounge areas adjacent to the dance floor and stage are complete with big, comfortable couches, coffee tables and kitschy lamps. The stage itself is complete with make-up mirrors and other homey paraphernalia, leaving plenty of room, of course, for both planned and impromptu shows. On the right side of club is a door to an excellent outdoor patio.

As the intergenerational crowd begins to shake what their mamas gave them, the DJ spins both new and old tunes, as well as remixes of songs you hear on the radio and secretly sing along to in your car.

Around 11pm, the sparsely populated room starts gradually growing with an abundance of Long Island gay boys. Long-haired butches and flip-flopped femmes add some gender non-conformity and a decently-sized splash of womanhood to a club scene that is so often dominated by men.

By about 11:45pm, the dance floor gets its first brave pioneers. As the intergenerational crowd begins to shake what their mamas gave them, the DJ spins both new and old tunes, as well as remixes of songs you hear on the radio and secretly sing along to in your car.

Whether you go with a group of friends and chat it up all night, as a cap to a romantic evening for two or on your own to meet some new people, the Bunk House is a spectacular place for any queer that needs a break from being either judged or invisible. It’s truly a hidden gem, but (thanks to me) it’s no longer hidden to you. You’re welcome!

620 Waverly Pl.
Patchogue, NY 11772
(631) 506-6600

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