Pub Crawl: Monday Night Football Scene at The Bench

Patch heads out to a local bar to check out what's happening.

The Bench has attracted locals to the scene since new ownership took over three years ago and turned the bar into a place where the entire community is welcome, even families.

For others, it's the proximity that draws them in. "It's local. It's comfortable, reliable service. [The owner] treats us well," said Rich Flynn, 41, of Setauket.

What's on tap: Bud, Bud Light, Miller Light, Shock Top, Blue Point Toasted Ale, Blue Point Pumpkin Ale, Rolling Rock, Guinness, Yuengling, Angry Orchard, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

What to eat: We hear a single order of nachos is enough to feed a small army. Food seems to be one of the draws at The Bench. John Lehuta, 23, of Centereach said it has "the best wings and chicken fingers. Actually, the best food, period, for a bar."

Specials: $3 Budweisers, $4 buckets of beers, forty-cent wings.

Cover charge: None

The crowd: About 60 people packed the place. If the sea of green jerseys was any indication, sports fans – especially Jets fans – dominated the bar on Monday. But some patrons noted the whole restaurant has a softer side, too. "It's kid friendly," said Larry DiFede, 43, of Setauket. "We come here after the kids' sports."

Say hello to: Owner Jeff Cribe, who's owned The Bench for about three years. "Sports are a big thing here, but he wants it to be more of a community place," said manager Pat Haufie.


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