Bars and clubs in the Hamptons, Montauk

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The South Fork is once again abuzz with bars, hotel parties and clubs that welcome the Hamptons set day or night. Go for traditional DJ-powered dancing or daytime soirees with a casual, beachy vibe. But don’t forget — this is high season in the Hamptons. Expect a crowd and be prepared to wait. Don’t count on making it inside the marquee hot spots unless you have a reservation for table service and are prepared to spend several hundred dollars.

AM Southampton

The outdoor deck at AM nightclub in Southampton
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AM Southampton (125 Tuckahoe Lane, Southampton): Picking up exactly where it left off last year, AM is a huge party scene with big beats and famous faces. Celebrity DJs and hip-hop artists star as live entertainment. Last year’s graffiti-meets-Art Deco has been refreshed with walls that seem to be ripped open to reveal artwork. Table minimums range from $500 to $2,000, with most bottles of liquor $500 to $1,000. For the ultimate splurge, get the Bubble Bomb, a Dom Perignon Luminous presentation for $11,000. Tickets to some events are $20-$40 and available online in advance. More info: 516-492-0346, amsouthampton.com

TBar at Kozu

A fire dancer entertains patrons during the "Neverland
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TBar at Kozu (136 Main St., Southampton): A sibling to AM Southampton also has relaunched as a party place — both day and night come weekends. Kozu restaurant shares its space with Manhattan eatery TBar, offering backroom DJ parties most Thursday through Sunday nights and a Saturday brunch. Bottle service here includes wine, liquor and Champagne; a Lost My Marbles parade for $2,800 stars bottles of Ace of Spades Rosé, Yacht Club vodka and Don Julio 1942 tequila. Dancers and other entertainers are on hand Saturdays — and keep an eye out for free cotton candy. More info: 631-619-6660

Southampton Social Club

The atmosphere outside at Southampton Social Club in
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Southampton Social Club (256 Elm St., Southampton): With its large courtyard and location across from the LIRR station, it remains popular. More info: 631-287-1400, southamptonsocialclub.com

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Oreya at the Capri

Oreya at the Capri in Southampton, May 27,
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Oreya at the Capri (281 County Rd. 39A, Southampton): It’s a restaurant with DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. More info: 631-500-9055, oreyahamptons.com

Southampton Publick House

Exterior of the Southampton Publick House in Southampton.
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Southampton Publick House (62 Jobs Lane, Southampton): It’s casual, both for its weekday happy hour and Saturday night DJ party at 10. More info: 631-283-2800, publick.com

Surf Lodge

The sunset concerts at Surf Lodge in Montauk
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Surf Lodge (183 Edgemere St., Montauk): Back for a 10th season, its free concert series will feature hip bands most Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, including Penguin Prison, June 16; Kurt Vile, June 25; and Ben Harper, Aug. 27. This hotel, restaurant and bar, has a large deck and a pondside courtyard with a large movie screen. Admission is free, but at the doorman’s discretion. So if you want to secure a spot in this big scene, make a dinner reservation. More info: 631-483-5037, thesurflodge.com

The Montauk Beach House

Montauk Beach House has much to offer guests--and
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The Montauk Beach House (55 S. Elmwood Ave.): The popular spot has brought back its entertainment series, including daytime gatherings with DJs and live music. Admission is free, but first RSVP through the hotel’s website. More info: 631-668-2112, thembh.com

Gurney’s Montauk

The roof deck of Gurney's Montauk will be
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Gurney’s Montauk (290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk): Come weekends, the resort hosts DJs by day and night — and you don’t need to stay overnight to hang on the hotel’s stretch of ocean beach or its fire-pit deck once evening arrives. More info: 631-668-2345, gurneysmontauk.com

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Ruschmeyer’s

Ruschmeyer's is a popular hipster hot spot in
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Ruschmeyer’s (161 Second House Rd., Montauk): The hipster spot has returned under new management. Although it’s mainly a hotel and restaurant, it has an events calendar (with free events open to both the public and guests) and workout classes ranging from $25 to $50. More info: 631-668-2877, ruschmeyersmtk.com

The Crow’s Nest

A view of the Crow's Neck restaurant in
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The Crow’s Nest (4 Old W. Lake Dr., Montauk): The space includes a pondside beach with a bar and daybeds offering an impeccable sunset view. More info: 631-668-2077, crowsnestmtk.com

Memory Motel

People line up in an orderly fashion during
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Memory Motel (692 Montauk Hwy., Montauk): The spot made famous by a Rolling Stones song still draws large crowds for DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. Cover is $10 to $20. More info: 631-668-2702, memorymotel.com 

The Sloppy Tuna

Sloppy Tuna has re-opened under new management in
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The Sloppy Tuna (148 S. Emerson Ave., Montauk): Often rumored to be on the brink of closing, it is still open and drawing fun-seekers to both its dance floors and drinks, as it has the past few summers. More info: 631-647-8000, lisloppytuna.com

Miss Chloe

Club Chloe in East Hampton Saturday, June 3,
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Miss Chloe (44 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton): Its predecessors persisted with a bottle-service-for-entry mentality, but Miss Chloe is a casual, cover-charge-free venue. The dancing space has been expanded and opens to its patio. DJs mostly lean on fun-and-friendly classic pop, rock, dance and hip-hop jams, and there’s live music, including a weekly Thursday performance by Dan Bailey Tribe. More info: 917-826-3662, misschloehamptons.com

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Harbor East

The scene on Saturday night at Harbor East
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Harbor East (44 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton): There’s a DJ on weekend evenings at the restaurant Harbor East that shares the same building with the restaurant-bar, Miss Chloe. More info: 631-408-5771, harboreasthampton.com 

Beach Bar

The disco lights and dance floor packs at
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Beach Bar (58 Foster Ave., Hampton Bays): Celebrating its 25th season, it has an outside deck. See resident DJ Doug O’Mara on Friday nights and The Drift bash Saturday nights. Cover is $10 to $20. Expect a laid-back atmosphere and a dance floor that stays busy. More info: 631-723-3100, beachbarhamptons.com

The Stephen Talkhouse

Joan Osborne is performing at The Stephen Talkhouse
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The Stephen Talkhouse (161 Main St., Amagansett): Among all nightlife possibilities, it remains a major stop with daily live music through the summer, including Joan Osborne at the mic on July 13, 2017. Other highlights include Loudon Wainwright III, July 1; Pure Prairie League, July 20; and Suzanne Vega, Aug. 4. As always, anticipate a line that can extend for blocks and general admission prices that can be $10 to $75, as well as a crowd where regular folks and well-to-do jet-setters mix, drink and dance. More info: 631-267-3117, stephentalkhouse.com

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