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If you’re looking on the North Fork for a sweaty, ear-ringing club or theater where bass drums pulsate through a rickety, beer-soaked floor, you may be out of luck.

There are, however, plenty of venues that offer their own unique, ineffable potency through intimate performances from fan-favorite Long Island musicians.

Here are seven of our favorite spots to catch some live music on the North Fork this winter:

Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Peconic

Greenport Harbor books up-and-comers and local favorites of all genres every weekend throughout the winter.

“They run the gamut from folk to the Grateful Dead, from to hard rock, to soft music and country,” co-owner Betsy Liegey said. “We try to do a lot of variety and it’s such a nice, warm, cozy spot in the winter.

“We have the fire going, there’s a lot of seating for people. If you want to dance you can get up and dance, there’s room for that. You can stand at the bar, you can sit at a table.”

All starting at 3 p.m., here are some performances on tap:

  • Jan. 21 – Lisa Polizzi Band
  • Jan. 22 – Rob Europe Band
  • Jan. 28 – Who Are Those Guys
  • Jan. 29 – East End Trio

Lieb Cellars, Cutchogue

Every Friday evening throughout the winter, Lieb Cellars invites acts from the North Fork and beyond for cozy, candle-lit musical performances.

“We have lot of local musicians like Julia King and Rob Europe,” marketing manager Alice Falcone said. “And some favorites who aren’t quite local like Jeff LeBlanc and Paris Ray.”

On these Friday evenings, Lieb Cellars also offers a $15 raclette special, boasting melted Alpine-style cheese served with baguette and fig jam.

Here are upcoming performances that kick off at 5 p.m. each Friday:

  • Jan. 20 – Jeff LeBlanc
  • Jan. 27 – Robin James
  • Feb. 3 – Julia King
  • Feb. 10 – Paris Ray

Twin Fork Beer Co., Riverhead

Saturdays and Sundays, beer drinkers can catch cover bands like The Frayed Knots and original singer-songwriters like Alyson Faith at Twin Fork Beer Co.

“We have solo acts, we have four or five piece bands,” co-owner Pete Chekijian said. “It’s a very relaxed atmosphere. We have a nice little fireplace and we have beer bites.”

Here’s what’s on tap this weekend and next:

  • Jan 21 – Dan Mele
  • Jan. 22 – Deanna Hudson
  • Jan. 28 – Souliztik
  • Jan. 29 – Alyson Faith

Corey Creek Tap Room, Southold

Corey Creek offers the east enders a chance to catch acts like Barely Acoustic, singer-songwriter Bryan Gallo and roadhouse warrior Gene Casey in a laid-back setting.

“It’s a calm environment,” event manager Delaney Macchirole said. “It’s a relaxed atmosphere where people can drink wine and listen to music.”

Here’s the next batch of “Friday Night Flights” that kick off at 4 p.m. at Corey Creek:

  • Jan. 20 – Barely Acoustic
  • Jan. 27 – Bryan Gallo
  • Feb. 3 – Gene Casey
  • Feb. 10 -Julia King

Peconic County Brewing, Riverhead

This winter, Peconic County Brewing will host Long Island performers from 2-6 p.m. on Saturdays and 1:30-5 p.m. every Sunday.

Set in the brewery’s tasting room, guests can absorb a performer’s energy while sipping beer, dining and enjoying company.

Here’s what’s on tap this weekend and next:

  • Jan. 21 – Dave March
  • Jan. 22 – Sarah Gross
  • Jan. 28 – Bear The Bell
  • Jan. 29 – Karen Bella

Bistro 72, Riverhead

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Bistro 72 offers live music up close and personal.

“We have a little alcove by the bar, and it’s a close, tight setting, it’s very intimate,” Dave Deturris, Bistro 72’s director of food and beverage, said. “They’re right there in the mix with the crowd and it’s pretty lively. It’s not a somber, just background music type of atmosphere, it’s a great performance.”

The restaurant typically hosts solo acts or small groups such as Cassie House and the East End Trio Thursdays 6-9 p.m., Fridays 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays 6-9 p.m.

Here’s the next slate of Bistro 72 musical acts:

  • Jan. 19 – Alex Alexander
  • Jan. 20 – Cassie House
  • Jan. 21 – East End Trio
  • Jan. 26 – Rick Anzalone
  • Jan. 27 – Terry Meigel

Riverhead Ciderhouse, Calverton

Riverhead Ciderhouse showcases one performer every Friday and two performers every Saturday and Sunday.

“We see a wide array of acts from solo acoustic performers to small bands,” Nick Picataggio, one of the managers of the ciderhouse, said. “The crowd and performers definitely feed off of each other, which is a blast to watch,” he continued. “We often see major group sing-alongs and dancing break out.”

Here’s what’s brewing this weekend:

  • Jan. 20 – Lis and Jim 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 21 -Mike Duca 12 p.m.
  • Jan. 21 – Howie Seal 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 22 – Brian Mc 11 a.m.
  • Jan. 22 – Double Play 2 p.m.
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