What makes a good bar great? Let us count the ways. The people are fun, the staff is friendly, the choices of brews and mixed drinks are out of this world. There’s music if you feel like listening, there’s romancing if you’re in the mood for love. Or if you just want to share a few laughs and tell wonderful tales, you can do that there, too. That’s what makes a good bar great. It’s a tough call deciding which bar is the best, but here’s the winner for 2015.

2015: Long Islanders Voted BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant Best Bar on Long Island!

BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant
67 W. Main St., Patchogue. 631-447-2337. brickhousebrewery.com

The building may go back to 1850 when it first took shape but there’s nothing dated about the lively spirit overflowing inside this homegrown brewery and restaurant in the heart of Patchogue, where fine food and great brews are always on tap. From its inception, the BrickHouse has been proud to pour its own flagship beers, but they’ll offer customers other favorite brands, too, because they live to serve, and that’s the mark of any great bar. Yet when it comes to crafting creations, they strive to keep it hopping. They’ve collaborated with Patchogue’s Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company for the third straight year to create a new, festive beer for the holiday season, complete with a mocha finish called Main Street Mocha Porter. This place is a-hoppin’ and a-boppin’!

2014: Long Islanders Voted  BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant in Patchogue Best Bar on Long Island!

1. BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant
67 W. Main St., Patchogue. 631-447-2337. brickhousebrewery.com

2. Post Office Café
130 W. Main St., Babylon. 631-669-9224. lessings.com

3. Croxley’s Ale House & Eatery
Multiple Locations. croxley.com

2013: Long Islanders Voted Croxley’s Ale House & Eatery Best Bar on Long Island!

1. Croxley’s Ale House & Eatery
Multiple Locations. www.croxley.com

2. Post Office Café
130 W. Main St., Babylon. 631-669-9224. www.lessings.com

3. Even Flow Bar and Grill
150 E. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-665-9696. www.evenflowbarandgrill.com

2012: Long Islanders Voted The Leaky Lifeboat Inn in Seaford Best Bar on Long Island!

1. The Leaky Lifeboat Inn
3603 Merrick Rd., Seaford.

2. The Nutty Irishman
Multiple Locations. www.thenuttyirishman.com

3. Croxley Ale House
Multiple Locations. www.croxley.com

2011: Long Islanders Voted Croxley’s Ale House Best Bar on Long Island!

1. Croxley’s Ale House
Multiple locations. www.croxley.com

2. Post Office Café
130 West Main St., Babylon. 631-669-9224. www.lessings.com

3. Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall
Multiple locations. www.muls.com

2010: Long Islanders Voted Croxley Ales The Best Bar On Long Island!

1. Croxley Ales
Multiple locations www.croxley.com

2. Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall
3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. 516-783-7500. 1702 Middle Country Rd., Centereach. 631-696-1111. www.muls.com

3. Post Office Cafe
130 W. Main St., Babylon. 631-669-9224. www.lessings.com