06/21/16 7:19am
The Broken Down Valise is located across from the Long Island Rail Road platform on Pike Street.

The Broken Down Valise is located across from the Long Island Rail Road platform on Pike Street. (Credit: Vera Chinese, 2011)

Say the words “dive bar” to any Mattituck resident, and the first place that must come to mind is The Broken Down Valise.

I can confidently say that where I live there is no “dive bar” to cherish the same way the patrons of the Valise love their little gem.  (more…)

12/16/14 10:30am
Photo by Cyndi Murray | Lots of choices at The Broken Down Valise in Mattituck.

Photo by Cyndi Murray | Tough decisions at The Broken Down Valise in Mattituck.

The August 2010 issue of Playboy magazine described a dive bar as: “A church for down-and-outers and those who romanticize them, a rare place where high and low rub elbows—bums and poets, thieves and slumming celebrities. It’s a place that wears its history proudly.”

We at northforker.com agree with that sentiment. Here are a few “dive” bars on the North Fork that welcomed us on a recent crawl as they always do with open arms and cheap drinks. For that, we thank you. (more…)