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Bars and clubs in the Hamptons, Montauk

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,


Ruschmeyer's is a popular hipster hot spot in
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

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,

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,

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, 

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,

Miss Chloe

Club Chloe in East Hampton Saturday, June 3,
Photo Credit: Rob Rich

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,

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, 

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,

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,


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