There’s no question a night out in The Hamptons during the summer season can be steep, or even somewhat exclusive — but for some people, the only thing standing in the way of taking in a bash in one of the world’s premiere party destinations is the late hours.
Young or old, there are many among us that just can’t cut hanging out until 4 a.m. However, at Beaumarchais East Hampton, one can dance to club beats and see beautiful people all around — and it’s all before the sun goes down.
It’s called the “Beau Brunch,” and it’s an adaptation of a daytime soiree that the original Beaumarchais (409 West 13th St., 212-675-2400, brasseriebeaumarchais.com) already puts together at its Manhattan location. Of course, venues like Boardy Barn and the Neptune Beach Club of Hampton Bays, Paddy McGee’s of Island Park and others are no strangers to afternoon gatherings on weekends, but while those are easygoing and generally open to all over 21, the Beaumarchais bash does require prior reservation.
Potential patrons need only to head online to beaumarchaiseasthampton.com to reserve, as the restaurant’s site links to opentable.com, which means no guest-listing concerns. The Beau Brunch takes place every Saturday and Sunday (until the summer ends), and begins at noon, where it is no more than a true brunch. Salads, egg dishes and entrées are all available, prepared in the house style of French cuisine (entrées are priced between $20-$34, a fairly common price scale for Long Island dining). Some wines are available by the glass, with more selections sold by the bottle (ranging from a couple of $70 options to a $2,000 Château Mouton Rothschild 2005), while cocktails are available for $18-$20 (mojitos, margaritas and Caipirinhas can also be purchased by $95 pitcher or $300 bowl).
Around 2 p.m., DJs will start to spin big-club beats, and guests start moving into party-mode — but only within the inside area of the eatery, as the patio (placed under an overhang) serves as a quieter, dance-free respite. Most guests are between 25-40, but there are also a fair amount of older attendees as well. Expect the dress to be a chic take on summer clothing, with many wearing white — a semi-traditional tone for those who attend these sort of fetes. There’s lots of dancing (and club dancers), confetti and champagne — so if you and your companions order bottle service, expect a range from $175 to a $2,600 6L Verve Clicquot NV in price options.
All-in-all, it's a very exciting, night-out type of event, and it stays strong until the “wee” hours of the (early) evening, with a scheduled end-time of 6 p.m.