The Good Life
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Taps: 23 / Bottles: 63
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by bonbright7:
4.4/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Good Life is a cool craft beer bar nestled in the confines of Maasapequa Park's rows of stores, just 2 blocks north of Sunrise Highway and the elevated railroad station that runs parallel to it. Built in the same northern Californian style as The Lark in East Northport, NY by the same designer, the dark paneled bar & grill exudes a warmth and welcome to all who may enter the building, which is divided into three sections: bar, open dining, and booths.
What drew me into The Good Life was its owner, Pete, who had established The Lark in East Northport earlier last year in connection with TJ Finely's of Bayshore, NY. I had heard he was working on a new place and as it opened to thirsty crowds without any advertising, I darkened the door with a local friend to see how the place had turned out.
The beer menu was impressive in its diversity as well as its reach with American craft beers mixed with imports on 20+ taps and 99 different labels of beer. My first beer was a Founder's "Dirty Bastard" followed by a 750ml of Abbaye de Bon Chien and both were served in the correct glassware for their styles. I'm used to getting shaker pints for everything in many of LI's bars...
Pete came over and re-introduced himself to me and my friend Dan as we were lounging with two platters of wings, which I found to be very good. As we talked about his place and my interest in bringing my home brewers group in for a night, I noted the "bottle of indecision" on the side of the bar. It was a large growler filled with numbers corresponding to any beer in the bar (a fun decision making device for those who cannot decide with all the great beers there).
As I looked around, I noted a few BMC type of beers in bottles, and it came to me that the place was oriented in welcoming all to introduce them to great beers. The informative and friendly bar staff was ready to give out tastes of new beers and they acted with the comforting approach as if the customer was an old friend they hadn't seen in a while.
The Good Life is the type of place Nassau County and the south western side of LI has been craving for years that mixes a good kitchen with a great bar and works continuously to improve upon itself. Unlike its big competitor in Farmingdale, where the bartenders couldn't explain the difference between an IPA and Russian Imperial Stout, or the wait staff is more preoccupied with their latest text message, The Good Life is great place that will no doubt inspire other real beer bars to flourish in the area.
06-09-2010 13:35:31 | More by bonbright7
More User Reviews:
4.79/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great place, the atmosphere would suggest a neighborhood bar, nothing pretentious yet the beer list would be well worth it even if it was some sort of pretentious gastropub.
The staff is great, I'm not a local, have only been here on 3 occassions yet have been remembered on each visit after the first. The manager is a certified beer geek and always has something unique buried in his cellar. First time here I had a pour of HF Twilight of the Idols, thats impressive for a bar on Long Island
The food is good, fun pub grub nothing too fancy
Highly recommended if you're on Long Island, best tap selection in the area in my opinion
08-06-2013 16:57:45 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
4.13/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My friends had been trying to get me to make the trip here and I was very happy I did. Located on the west side of Park Blvd the atmosphere is an homage to the English pub. Tons of brewerania inside with dark wood and a warm ambience. The place is very popular with an easy-going crowd inside. The food is interesting pub fare and quite good. The beer selection is excellent with heavy tap rotation and a nice clear chalkboard detailing the beers above the bar, including ABV. Always a major plus in any establishment. Absolutely worth a visit if anywhere nearby.
12-07-2012 14:17:01 | More by lehows
4.23/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great Place! That would be my whole review. I didn't have dinner, but I had four appitizers, of which three were fantastic! The other was good, but needed some more spice.
The beer list was excellent! I have been here a few times and the tap list is nothing short of impressive. Of course there were a couple of dogs on tap that they probably got a deal on, but other than that...Stellar!
The guy at the bar seemed to really know his beer, and made some solid suggestions. He got me to try a couple of beers I hadn't had. The waitress was very nice, and was on top of things.
I'll be back, and you should go!
09-12-2012 03:23:54 | More by Harryrass
4.78/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to the Good Life three times since moving to LI 2 1/2 yrs ago, twice for dinner and once for brunch. The selection here is fantastic and extra points are earned for always having some locals on tap, even from smaller up-and-comers like Barrier Brewing in Oceanside. The atmosphere is great, although as others have mentioned, my preference is during brunch or at least earlier in the evening before the large night crowds arrive. Brunch and early evening are also fairly kid-friendly if you needed that option, as my wife and I came here with our 11-month old son and had no issues. Assorted tap handles surrounding the bar area and assorted brewery tin tackers add to a very cool "man cave" atmosphere by the bar. This is exactly how I would decorate a beer bar if I owned one. The food menu is interesting, with some UK classics like Bangers and Mashed mixed in with modern twists on classics like pork chops with root beer demi-glaze. In the three times I have ate here I have not had anything that I disliked, but also nothing blew me away, although my Prime Minister paired with a Racer X on tap for brunch was dynamite. Bartenders are knowledgeable, wait staff is slightly less, but not clueless by any means. Overall, if you are a beer geek on LI, you have to check this place out, you won't be disappointed.
04-05-2012 18:18:05 | More by ant880
4.95/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Good Life is the premier spot on LI to get a pint in my eyes. The bar is pretty big with 3 distinct sections...a bar area, tables for food (which is mighty tasty), and another section for private events. The taplist always has a host of great beers and if something cool comes to LI, it will always appear at the Good Life. I make it a point to show up for many of their tapping events and as a result have gotten to try many fine brews on tap that I didn't think would ever make it to LI. Quality is top notch, service is great, and I've met and shared some brew with Pete and he is one of the nicest guys and really fun to talk beer with. On the flip side, this is my go-to spot for brunch on LI when I bring my baby daughter. During the day on the weekends, you can get a pint, a great meal, and be in a family friendly atmosphere.
11-22-2011 21:02:01 | More by cosmicevan
4/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I visited The Good Life on a Saturday afternoon with BA's BOBPINCH666 & emdawg. We didn't eat anything we just had a beer while seated at the bar area. They also have outdoor seating which is good in the nice weather. It was a quiet and comfortable place to sit and talk while enjoying a beer. The tap list was good and the prices were fair. There was a guy at the bar eating a burger with his bottle of Bud and he seeemed to be enjoying it so I gave the food a '4'.
I'll probably go back with my wife for dinner sometime and change my review if need be.
10-08-2011 23:59:30 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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