The beginning of season brings many things?new stores, new restaurants, new fashions?but it also marks the return of a more vibrant nightlife on the South Fork. So, here are a few spots you might want to consider checking out during the summer months. The strength (and cost) of drinks mary vary.
Address: 108 Wainscott Stone Road, Wainscott
Phone: (631) 537-5603
The Skinny: The restaurant/club responsible for the worst t-shirt in the world is once again back for the 2012 summer season. The menu doesn't look half bad (and the view is certainly nice), but if you plan on eating without the distraction of the expensively dressed-to-impress masses, best to make reservations a little earlier in the evening.
THE SLOPPY TUNA
Address: 148 S. Emerson Avenue, Montauk
Phone: (631) 647-8000
The Skinny: One reader called this "the only beachside bar in the ENTIRE WORLD that faces a parking lot," but that's changed for 2012. They've wisely installed an indoor/outdoor bar on the second floor. And their goldfish races and legendary (their word, not ours) ladies nights are still on the schedule. Hooray?
Address: 44 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton
Phone: ( 212) 627-1235
The Skinny: Located in the same building that houses Beaumarchais is this 7000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor club that the EMM group debuted last year. Coincidentally, just like the restaurant next door, it's a Meatpacking District transplant.
SOUTHAMPTON SOCIAL CLUB
Address: 256 Elm Street, Southampton
Phone: (631) 287-1400
The Skinny: Matt Shendell & Paige Management?the group responsible for the AXE Lounge at Dune?have updated the former Madam Tong’s space to include a new garden-like environment filled with outdoor seating and private cabanas. They've also brought along chef Scott Kampf to make sure the food is as good as the people-watching.
Address: 125 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton
Phone: (917) 574-4112
The Skinny: Visit their website (make sure your speakers are on) for an idea of what the place is like. That's all we're going to say about this one.
THE STEPHEN TALKHOUSE
Address: 161 Main Street, Amagansett
Phone: (631) 267-3117
The Skinny: It's impossible to talk about Hamptons nightlife without mentioning The Stephen Talkhouse?and with good reason. It's set the standard for live music in the area since opening its doors in 1970. Sadly, they lost Carl "The Greek" Gust (a longtime bartender) earlier this year. Having a drink (or four) in his memory this summer kinda seems appropriate.