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Hamptons nightlife guide

Summer is here—where are you going on the weekends?

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While everything shuts right down in the winter and becomes a dead zone (the cell service is no exception), Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer with the opening of multiple bars and clubs. In the summer, the Hamptons’ nightlife scene is like no other.

Let’s take a look at the hot spots for this summer.

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1. John Scott’s Surf Shack

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540 Dune Rd
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
(631) 288-5810
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John Scott’s is famous for its 10-cent wings on Mondays. Since they’re open late, people tend to stick around late into the night and early morning. Just be warned—the parking is limited and there’s usually a wait to get a spot.

2. Boardy Barn

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270 W Montauk Hwy
Hampton Bays, NY
(631) 728-5760
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Though the Boardy Barn isn’t technically considered nightlife considering the whole idea of the venue is that everyone day drinks, we’ve included it here because it’s one of the most beloved spots for both locals and tourists alike. Anyone that goes to the Barn should be warned—as one wise Barn-goes once put it, “Your worst shoes are too nice for the Barn.”

3. Beach Bar

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58 Foster Ave
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
(631) 723-3100
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This long-running Hamptons hot spot has been in operation for years, and just celebrated its 25th summer at the Foster Avenue location in Hampton Bays.

4. AM Southampton

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125 Tuckahoe Ln
Southampton, NY 11968
(516) 492-0346
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The former 1 OAK has been transformed by restaurateur Zach Erdem into AM Southampton, featuring a great lineup for the summer as well as a hip-hop quote wall.

5. North Sea Tavern

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1271 N Sea Rd
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 353-3322
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A restaurant during the day, North Sea Tavern transforms in the evening with events and a DJ booth.

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6. Union Cantina

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40 Bowden Square
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 377-3500
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What used to be the location of Publick House is now Union Cantina, a Mexican-style restaurant with two indoor bars and an outdoor bar on the front porch.

7. Southampton Publick House

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62 Jobs Ln
Southampton, NY
(631) 283-2800
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Publick House moved to Jobs Lane, where the Driver’s Seat used to be. It’s still a hot spot for the summer with both an indoor bar and outdoor bar, and often has a DJ.

8. 75 Main

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75 Main St
Southampton, NY
(631) 283-7575
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Owned by the same chef who runs AM, this restaurant is a classic village favorite. It turns down the lights at night and becomes a club lounge.

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9. Southampton Social Club

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256 Elm St
Southampton, NY
(631) 287-1400
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The Southampton Social Club is a restaurant and cocktail lounge that turns into a dance club on the back patio at night.

10. Claudio's Restaurant

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111 Main St
Greenport, NY

OK, yes—Claudio’s is not in the Hamptons. Greenport is not technically part of the Hamptons. But Claudio’s has an amazing deck bar which opens in the summer. It’s right on the water and it’s nice and breezy at night.

11. LT Burger

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62 Main St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
(631) 899-4646
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What’s a family-friendly restaurant in the day becomes a happening bar spot in the evening. Their amazing dinner menu is complemented by their boozy milkshakes for dessert. Yes, please.

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12. The Springs Tavern

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4220, 15 Fort Pond Blvd
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 527-7800
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This pub-style eatery is great for those who want a traditional style burger. Happy Hour runs from 3 p.m - 6 p.m. and while you’re there, check out their handcrafted cocktails. They also have karaoke on Saturday nights, and an open mic night on Sundays.

13. Stephen Talkhouse

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161 Main St
Amagansett, NY
(631) 267-3117
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Stephen Talkhouse of Amagansett has been operating since 1970, making it one of the older nightlife spots in the Hamptons, and continues to host notable acts every summer.

14. Ruschmeyer's

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161 2nd House Rd
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2877
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Located in Montauk, Ruschmeyer’s has become a popular go-to spot for weekenders and locals alike, especially after the Drift Inn closed down.

15. Montauket

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88 Firestone Rd
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-5992
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The Montauket is key for sunset views over Fort Pond Bay.

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16. Solé East Resort

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90 Second House Rd
Montauk, NY
(631) 668-2105

Solé East hosts poolside DJs and live music every summer.

17. The Surf Lodge

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183 S Edgemere St
Montauk, NY
(631) 483-5037
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The Surf Lodge offers some of the best live musical acts of the summer, and always free. This summer, look out for Miike Snow, the Arcs, and Gary Clark Jr. And this season GoldBar's Jonny Lennon is on board with all new nightlife programming including a new party called Far Out Fridays.

18. Montauk Beach House

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55 S Elmwood Ave
Montauk, NY
(631) 668-2112
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The Montauk Beach House, owned by impresario Larry Siedlick, rocks each summer with fashion shows and world-renowned DJs for "poolside frolics."

19. 668 The Gig Shack

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782 Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY
(631) 668-2727
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A cool vibe and great live music always make for a good time here.

20. Sloppy Tuna

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148 S Emerson Ave
Montauk, NY
(631) 647-8000
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The Sloppy Tuna took a quick hiatus, and worried everyone when they announced that they might not be opening their doors again. Thankfully, they’re still around. There’s even a photo booth on the dance floor, so people can take pictures with their girlfriends on a four-photo roll. Cute.

21. Liar's Saloon

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401 W Lake Dr
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-9597
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For those who want to escape a Hamptons nightclub and opt for the dive bar scene, Liar’s Saloon is the place to go. Sited on West Lake Drive, the bar has been in operation since 1984.

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1. John Scott’s Surf Shack

540 Dune Rd, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

John Scott’s is famous for its 10-cent wings on Mondays. Since they’re open late, people tend to stick around late into the night and early morning. Just be warned—the parking is limited and there’s usually a wait to get a spot.

540 Dune Rd
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

2. Boardy Barn

270 W Montauk Hwy, Hampton Bays, NY

Though the Boardy Barn isn’t technically considered nightlife considering the whole idea of the venue is that everyone day drinks, we’ve included it here because it’s one of the most beloved spots for both locals and tourists alike. Anyone that goes to the Barn should be warned—as one wise Barn-goes once put it, “Your worst shoes are too nice for the Barn.”

270 W Montauk Hwy
Hampton Bays, NY

3. Beach Bar

58 Foster Ave, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

This long-running Hamptons hot spot has been in operation for years, and just celebrated its 25th summer at the Foster Avenue location in Hampton Bays.

58 Foster Ave
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

4. AM Southampton

125 Tuckahoe Ln, Southampton, NY 11968

The former 1 OAK has been transformed by restaurateur Zach Erdem into AM Southampton, featuring a great lineup for the summer as well as a hip-hop quote wall.

125 Tuckahoe Ln
Southampton, NY 11968

5. North Sea Tavern

1271 N Sea Rd, Southampton, NY 11968

A restaurant during the day, North Sea Tavern transforms in the evening with events and a DJ booth.

1271 N Sea Rd
Southampton, NY 11968

6. Union Cantina

40 Bowden Square, Southampton, NY 11968

What used to be the location of Publick House is now Union Cantina, a Mexican-style restaurant with two indoor bars and an outdoor bar on the front porch.

40 Bowden Square
Southampton, NY 11968

7. Southampton Publick House

62 Jobs Ln, Southampton, NY

Publick House moved to Jobs Lane, where the Driver’s Seat used to be. It’s still a hot spot for the summer with both an indoor bar and outdoor bar, and often has a DJ.

62 Jobs Ln
Southampton, NY

8. 75 Main

75 Main St, Southampton, NY

Owned by the same chef who runs AM, this restaurant is a classic village favorite. It turns down the lights at night and becomes a club lounge.

75 Main St
Southampton, NY

9. Southampton Social Club

256 Elm St, Southampton, NY

The Southampton Social Club is a restaurant and cocktail lounge that turns into a dance club on the back patio at night.

256 Elm St
Southampton, NY

10. Claudio's Restaurant

111 Main St, Greenport, NY

OK, yes—Claudio’s is not in the Hamptons. Greenport is not technically part of the Hamptons. But Claudio’s has an amazing deck bar which opens in the summer. It’s right on the water and it’s nice and breezy at night.

111 Main St
Greenport, NY

11. LT Burger

62 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

What’s a family-friendly restaurant in the day becomes a happening bar spot in the evening. Their amazing dinner menu is complemented by their boozy milkshakes for dessert. Yes, please.

62 Main St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

12. The Springs Tavern

4220, 15 Fort Pond Blvd, East Hampton, NY 11937

This pub-style eatery is great for those who want a traditional style burger. Happy Hour runs from 3 p.m - 6 p.m. and while you’re there, check out their handcrafted cocktails. They also have karaoke on Saturday nights, and an open mic night on Sundays.

4220, 15 Fort Pond Blvd
East Hampton, NY 11937

13. Stephen Talkhouse

161 Main St, Amagansett, NY

Stephen Talkhouse of Amagansett has been operating since 1970, making it one of the older nightlife spots in the Hamptons, and continues to host notable acts every summer.

161 Main St
Amagansett, NY

14. Ruschmeyer's

161 2nd House Rd, Montauk, NY 11954

Located in Montauk, Ruschmeyer’s has become a popular go-to spot for weekenders and locals alike, especially after the Drift Inn closed down.

161 2nd House Rd
Montauk, NY 11954

15. Montauket

88 Firestone Rd, Montauk, NY 11954

The Montauket is key for sunset views over Fort Pond Bay.

88 Firestone Rd
Montauk, NY 11954

16. Solé East Resort

90 Second House Rd, Montauk, NY

Solé East hosts poolside DJs and live music every summer.

90 Second House Rd
Montauk, NY

17. The Surf Lodge

183 S Edgemere St, Montauk, NY

The Surf Lodge offers some of the best live musical acts of the summer, and always free. This summer, look out for Miike Snow, the Arcs, and Gary Clark Jr. And this season GoldBar's Jonny Lennon is on board with all new nightlife programming including a new party called Far Out Fridays.

183 S Edgemere St
Montauk, NY

18. Montauk Beach House

55 S Elmwood Ave, Montauk, NY

The Montauk Beach House, owned by impresario Larry Siedlick, rocks each summer with fashion shows and world-renowned DJs for "poolside frolics."

55 S Elmwood Ave
Montauk, NY

19. 668 The Gig Shack

782 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY

A cool vibe and great live music always make for a good time here.

782 Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY

20. Sloppy Tuna

148 S Emerson Ave, Montauk, NY

The Sloppy Tuna took a quick hiatus, and worried everyone when they announced that they might not be opening their doors again. Thankfully, they’re still around. There’s even a photo booth on the dance floor, so people can take pictures with their girlfriends on a four-photo roll. Cute.

148 S Emerson Ave
Montauk, NY

21. Liar's Saloon

401 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954

For those who want to escape a Hamptons nightclub and opt for the dive bar scene, Liar’s Saloon is the place to go. Sited on West Lake Drive, the bar has been in operation since 1984.

401 W Lake Dr
Montauk, NY 11954