Memorial Day weekend has arrived, so what better time to unleash a super mega preview of what to expect in terms of nightlife this summer. Perhaps almost as important as what you will find out east this summer is what you won't find. Dune and Lily Pond, the two biggest nightlife venues from last summer, are both gone this season, choosing to forgoe the weekend business and instead focus on other projects. One former operator said that they were no longer interested in running a Hamptons club, saying the scene had become filled with underage kids and reality TV stars and that their clients now prefer intimate beach and house parties to a night in a club. Oof. But don't get too down. There is still plenty to do this summer in Suffolk County!
44 Three Mile Harbor Rd, East Hampton
Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum have taken over the former Lily Pond space and will open an East end outpost of their popular Meatpacking District lounge. The 7,000 sq ft indoor and outdoor venue has been completely renovated and features a new soundsytem for those fist pumping beats. Note, the club is only open Saturdays and Sundays of holiday weekends.
· SL East [Official Site]
125 Tuckahoe Ln, Southampton
Another new entry to the scene this summer is South Pointe, which will be run by long time promoters Jonathan Schwartz, Ben Greiff and David Marino in the former Tavern (Playa space). The space again offers indoor/outdoor options and has booked DJ's like David Berrie, Jus Ske and Jesse Marco for its Saturday night events. Beware, operating a club in the Hamptons is much more difficult than NYC, and first time club owners often run into problems with the local authorities. Hopefully they make it to week two!
161 Second House Road, Montauk
Ben Pundole (Morgans Hotel Group and Ian Schrager Hotels) and Rob McKinley (Surf Lodge, GoldBar) have teamed up on Ruschmeyer's, a renovation of the former Second House Tavern space. The duo are renovating the property's cabins and will be renting them out, and will also have food provided by the Fat Radish team as well as the Electric Eel, a disco operating seven nights a week. Pundole and McKinley are opening for business while renovations are still ongoing, but expect this to be a low key rival to the nearby Surf Lodge
· Ruschmeyer's [Official Site]
1181 North Sea Rd, Southampton
Dune may be gone, but that doesn't mean that there won't be fun on North Sea Road. Matt Shendell's Paige Management Group (Ainsworth, The Hill) will be operating the space on their own this year, and according to the press release, have re-designed the space with "rich chocolate leather booths" that "surround strategically positioned modern tables". Modern tables and chocolate leather? Sold! AXE is open Fridays through Sundays all summer long.
230 Elm St, Southampton
What do you get when you mix together Mark Baker, the Koch Brothers, Rocco Ancorla from LAVO, and David Sherman and Jenni Norberg from Bunker Club? A new club called the Elm that Baker promises will breathe new life into the stale Hamptons scene. Big words from a big group. But the space will feature live performances, a subterranean lounge and the Koch brothers Day and Night Champagne brunch. How exciting!
183 South Edgemere St, Montauk
Montauk's returning nightlife champion returns for another season of intimate concerts, fine seafood dining provided by Sam Talbot, and a general meat market for Hamptons singles that is unrivaled in the area.
· Surf Lodge Coverage [Curbed Hamptons]
· Surf Lodge [Official Site]
The Crow's Nest
4 Old West Lake Dr, Montauk
Sean Macpherson's second season in Montauk begins this weekend with his small inn, restaurant and bar. Although the focus will be on the hotel and dining, expect a select number of private events, intimate beach parties and cook outs that will make the Crow's Nest a popular destination for some laid back fun. The Crow's Nest opens daily at 5:30 PM.
· Crow's Nest Coverage [CH]
· Crow's Nest Official Site [Under Construction]
· Summer Preview '11 [CH]