The 2014 Hamptons nightlife season started Saturday, May 24, and for those seeking to get into the scene, there was no need to wait until evening. There were a number of daytime, nightclub-style parties across the East End hours before the sun went down.
As it turns out, two of the gatherings have a bit of history. Up until this season hospitality impresarios Daniel and Derek Koch were the leaders of the Day & Night (D&N) parties – international brunch time bashes most famously thrown in Manhattan (as well as in places like Miami, St. Barts, Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Monaco). The Hamptons have seen D&N events since 2009 – and the parties have returned for 2014 – but the siblings are no longer connected with Day & Night, and are now throwing a social that runs against their former get-togethers.
Their new venture RISE, is to roll weekly on Saturdays from the Fourth of July Weekend until Labor Day, starting at 3 p.m. However, May 24, the Koch brothers hosted a full preview at 1 Oak in Southampton, at 125 Tuckahoe Lane, (212-242-1111). Utilizing the venue’s tent-protected patio (RISE events are outdoors), this inaugural happening brought out a crowd of men mainly dressed in trendy-but-casual clothing, while women predominantly wore fashionable, light dresses. A DJ played EDM, and daybeds were available, as was drink service and a bottle menu.
Meanwhile, Day & Night simultaneously gave a glimpse of its future summer plans with an afternoon preview of its own over at Sienna in East Hampton, 44 Three Mile Harbor Rd., ( 631-604-6060). With a white party theme (guests are asked to wear as much white clothing as possible), the latest edition of D&N was a wild affair. On the dance floor of the packed house, people danced to pounding electronic beats (some danced on the floor, others on the furniture). Champagne was visibly the drink of the day -- as it was spotted in ice buckets across both the Sienna indoor space and out at tables in its covered courtyard. Guests were also able to order a special $25,000 bottle of Champagne, to be delivered to a buyer’s table by a “mermaid” with dancing accompaniment. (Day & Night is scheduled to start Saturday events (1 to 7 p.m.) that will run weekly beginning Fourth of July weekend.
Elsewhere, Capri Southampton, 281 County Road 39A, in Southampton (631-504-6575) also started its weekly schedule of Saturday happenings. Running from 1 to 8 p.m., the Capri presentation is a subdued doing when compared to its RISE and D&N. It features DJs sticking to relaxed-but-upbeat classic pop tracks – and in addition, attendees can eat food from the connected restaurant (BLT Steak at the Capri), sit around the pool or at tables and take on such signature $16 cocktails as a Ginger Ear (rum, absinthe, orange liqueur, ginger beer, lime), a Honey Bee (vodka, honey liqueur, apple juice) and a Spirit of Summer (gin, grapevine flower liqueur, herb or fruit-infused liqueur, lime).