When making the rounds on The Hamptons summer circuit, anyone familiar with New York City will notice the annual seasonal trend of Manhattan-based venues setting up eastern outposts for party purposes.
SL (409 W. 14th St.) has SL East in East Hampton, which shares a building with Beaumarchais East Hampton, which is connected to Beaumarchais Brasserie (409 West 13th St.). Both Manhattan spots are in the Meatpacking District, an area that has become synonymous with packed crowds of jet-setting, international people who enjoy bottle service and dancing to big club beats. This plan-of-action is so popular that the same clientele is further drawn to the SL and Beaumarchais East End satellites – as well as to spots like Georgica in Wainscott and South Pointe in Southampton that promote to the same crowd and employ similar parties come their own late-night bashes – and yet, it is interesting that this theme, so centralized to a single section of New York neighborhood, tends to be the only sort invoked regularly east of Westhampton Beach come Memorial Day weekend.
However, this year a Manhattan hang from a different quarter has decided to also make a go of the Hamptons, with the TriBeCa-based Canal Room (285 West Broadway) setting up camp in Southampton as of Friday, June 15. The space is 230 Elm St., and the summer happening is known as Canal Room Southampton at 230 Elm (230 Elm St., Southampton, 212-941-8100, canalroomsouthampton.com).
Likely to bring a bit more of the city’s earthy side out east, the Canal Room in NYC is best known as a place to catch live music. DJs spin, but mostly give way to indie artists and cover bands, especially rambunctious groups that drop a heavy dollop of nostalgia. Canal Room Southampton will follow suit, with a schedule that includes acts like Tramps Like Us (a Bruce Springsteen cover band; July 6), U2 homage ensemble Unforgettable Fire and Queen tribute troupe Almost Queen (both Aug. 4) – not to mention several shows from all-80’s-hits squad Rubix Kube and 90’s-centered Bayside Tigers (check the Canal Room website calendar for scheduled appearances).
The Southampton arm offers lots of dancing space around its stage, but as this is still the Hamptons, table service is still available (with a magnum of Roederer Cristal the highest-priced item at $1,200; most bottle options are set between $350-$700, specialty cocktails go for $13). Then again, this is also located within 230 Elm – a space known for its arcade-like basement – so anyone heading downstairs will find such amenities as a full bar, pool tables, darts, hand shuffleboard and Nintendo Wii (projected on large screens).
One more differentiating fact about Canal Room Southampton: while there is a working guest list (a commonly-found Hamptons door practice), anyone over 21 can easily buy tickets in advance ($30-$35 average range), either online or at the 230 Elm box office from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.