With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, the buzz on what’s new in the Hamptons is pitching fast. For those seeking a sneak peek on where the hot spots will be, a good address for going-out GPS preprogrammed consideration would be 44 Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, where one of last year’s breakout clubs will now be sharing a building with a new co-resident who may help make this location a place to party on the weekends for hours on end.
The latest venue to set up shop at 44 3MH is Beaumarchais (212-675-2400, BeaumarchaisEastHampton.com). A sibling to the same-named French restaurant in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, it will move into the space that last was home to the Asian-inspired Philippe Chow. Starting Friday, May 18, the eatery will open for dinner service, but come May 25, every Friday and Saturday will also see late night dance parties. In addition, Saturdays and Sundays will feature a daytime event known as “Beau Brunch” (from noon to 6 p.m.), where DJs will spin and drop beats while the sun shines overhead and champagne is the drink of focus. (Look for Jacques Dumas to open on Saturday, May 26, and Mitch LJ to handle Sunday, May 27 – both French-born, NYC-popular selectors). Reservations for these sunup soirees can be made, but prices are yet to be announced (and could be high, as are many prices in the Hamptons come the summer).
However, last year’s main face at this address – SL East (212-627-1235, sleast.com) – will also be throwing bashes, picking up where it left off after last year’s introductory summer for this club that replaced the previous occupant Lily Pond. Just as it did in 2011, SL will feature a weekly Saturday night party (11 p.m.-4 a.m.) with occasional Sunday nights during big holiday weekends. A lineup of well-known DJs will handle the sounds, and – if last year was a precedent – chances are this will again be a solid choice for celebrity spotting. As for entry here, prices are also yet to be made public, but reservations are always highly recommended for these parties – and whether you RSVP or attempt to gain entry at the door, it is a virtual certainty you'll have to purchase table service -- and in 2011 that was a minimum of $1,500, which may be lavish by average club standards, but, for the location and season, is actually fairly normal.