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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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John Scott’s Surf Shack

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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.

Boardy Barn

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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.”

Beach Bar

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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.

AM Southampton

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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.

North Sea Tavern

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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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Union Cantina

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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.

Southampton Publick House

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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.

75 Main

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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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Southampton Social Club

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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.

Claudio's Restaurant

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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.

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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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The Springs Tavern

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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.

Stephen Talkhouse

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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.

Ruschmeyer's

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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.

Montauket

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

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Solé East Resort

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Solé East hosts poolside DJs and live music every summer.

The Surf Lodge

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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.

Montauk Beach House

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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."

668 The Gig Shack

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

Sloppy Tuna

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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.

Liar's Saloon

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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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John Scott’s Surf Shack

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.

Boardy Barn

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.”

Beach Bar

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.

AM Southampton

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.

North Sea Tavern

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

A post shared by North Sea Tavern (@nstavern) on

Union Cantina

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.

Southampton Publick House

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.

75 Main

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.

A post shared by Zach Erdem (@zacherdem) on

Southampton Social Club

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

Claudio's Restaurant

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.

LT Burger

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.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Kay (@kayladzwlewiicz) on

The Springs Tavern

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.

Stephen Talkhouse

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.

Ruschmeyer's

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

Montauket

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

A post shared by James Supple (@jsupple) on

Solé East Resort

Solé East hosts poolside DJs and live music every summer.

The Surf Lodge

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.

Montauk Beach House

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

668 The Gig Shack

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

Sloppy Tuna

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.

Liar's Saloon

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.