The droves of celebrities, moguls and other seasonal visitors to the Hamptons might keep their distance in the winter months, but true East Enders know the off-season brings its own atmosphere - and it's not all quiet.
Cozy indoor lounges replace beach bars. Film series and more intimate live music concerts diversify the area's nightlife options. Here's a look at some winter-season hotspots.
The Hamptons mainstay is a year-round destination for live music on the East End. The difference - the winter schedule brings in acts that vary from bar bands to big acts. The East End venue's spirited "Battle of the Bands" competition. Local bands face off over several nights of competition that culminates in finals April 23-24.
This rustic but bustling European wine bar has almost unheard-of winter season hours in the Hamptons - it's open until 3 a.m. all week. There are plenty of wines by the class, plus a menu of small plates. Besides weekday happy hour, there's live lounge music after 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The bar and lounge area at this newly opened restaurant is already drawing a crowd on the weekends. The sleek room has tealight candles and big oil paintings.
Sister to Sen Restaurant just down the block, Phao is a Thai eatery that morphs into a nightspot after dinnertime. You'll find a crowd for karaoke on Thursdays around 10 p.m. and jazz after 9:30 p.m. on Fridays. DJ-style music spins after 11 p.m. every Saturday.
The Blue Sky Mediterranean Lounge hosts international dance music after 9 p.m. on Fridays.
The brewhouse offers a more casual setting that often includes live acts and DJ music in its taproom, along with its menu of microbrewed ales and lagers. The crowd is reliably steady - and sociable.
Craving a rowdier scene? Buckleys Inn Between has the rolicking sort of summer bar crowd so often associated with the Hamptons - a blasting jukebox, wall-to-wall people and a jammed parking lot. It makes it hard to imagine how anyone could suggest the Hamptons shut down in the wintertime.