Night life in the Hamptons — the South Fork is full of new nightspots. The season’s biggest newcomers have landed in Southampton. Meanwhile, Montauk is back with some fun possibilities for hipsters, but the hamlet is aiming for a calmer vibe.
Kozu in Southampton hosts DJs and table service night life Fridays and Saturdays after 11 p.m. (136 Main St., 631-619-6660)
44 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton
THE DEAL Mysterious and high-end
The Leo is the place to be on Fridays with its luxe extension of Brazil’s “Cafe de la Musique” hospitality event, featuring specialty cocktails and a Brazilian-inspired menu. Expect entry to be limited to those with the connects — and wallets — to arrange for VIP bottle service.
Jue Lan Club Southampton
Jue Lan Club Southampton
268 Elm St., Southampton
INFO 631-353-3610, juelanclub.com
WHEN Wednesdays-Mondays until 4 a.m.
THE DEAL Upscale food with a late-night club scene
Conveniently only footsteps from the Southampton LIRR station, Jue Lan is an offshoot of a Manhattan spot that serves upscale Chinese cuisine (including a dim sum brunch). But it’s destined to be a night-life draw Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 11 p.m. for its late-night “Elm & Main” party, with celebrity DJs.
ALSO TRY Southampton Publick House has moved to a new spot. Expect the same dedication to the casual bar-going, craft-beer-loving scene (62 Jobs Lane, 631-283-2800, publick.com). Kozu also hosts DJs and table service night life Fridays and Saturdays after 11 p.m. (136 Main St., 631-619-6660) and the Southampton Social Club (256 Elm St., 631-287-1400) is back with another season of relaxed dinners, cocktails and DJ parties.
125 Tuckahoe Rd., Southampton
WHEN Friday and Saturday evenings
THE DEAL Dance, baby, dance.
A concept from the owner of Southampton restaurants 75 Main and Kozu, AM takes over familiar digs; the space was once home to 1OAK. Now it’s a celebration of hip-hop, with walls dressed in highbrow graffiti art. Guests can order table service, get faux tattoos and grab drinks from bartenders dressed in track suits (a la Run DMC) on the deck. The performance calendar already boasts scheduled appearances by Jadakiss (June 3) and Noreaga (June 10), following the Memorial Day weekend show from Fat Joe (pictured) and DJ Cipha Sounds. There is a cover charge, but if you eat at 75 Main or Kozu before visiting, admission gets reduced — or order up table service and pay no cover; RSVP by texting 516-492-0346 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
148 S. Emerson Ave., Montauk
WHEN Wednesday-Sunday nights
THE DEAL Still open, but expect a calmer demeanor.
There were concerns that this spot was history following last summer’s late-season crackdown by authorities on bars and clubs deemed too wild, but this on-the-beach restaurant and hangout changed management and says it’s working to embody a calmer atmosphere for its food and live entertainment nights.
Southampton Publick House
Southampton Publick House has moved to a new spot. Expect the same dedication to the casual bar-going, craft-beer-loving scene (62 Jobs Lane; 631-283-2800, publick.com).
Montauk Beach House
Montauk Beach House
55 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk
INFO 631-668-2112, thembh.com
WHEN Friday-Sunday evenings
THE DEAL Relax by the pool with DJs — so cool.
An upscale hotel featuring dining and a pool, it’s also got a knack for securing DJs who play deep beats and songs as the sun goes down. Entry to most parties is free, just be sure to RSVP at the venue’s website before heading over.
58 Foster Ave., Hampton Bays
INFO 631-723-3100, beachbarhamptons.com
WHEN Friday-Saturday nights
THE DEAL A classic party location returns (with two different parties).
There was a time when Hampton Bays was the jewel of summer night life (remember CPI, Neptune Beach Club and Foggy Goggle?). Beach Bar still chugs along, returning for its 24th season equipped with a large deck and an even bigger indoor dance floor. Once more, the “Drift Inn” party (a throwback to Neptune’s in the ’90s) returns, holding court Saturdays — but whichever night you choose, the style is relaxed and relatively affordable.
Even more senior than Beach Bar, Boardy Barn (pictured; 270 W. Montauk Hwy., 631-728-9733) is the other long-lived Hamptons Bays hangout, returning for its 46th season of weekly parties happening 3-8 p.m. most Sunday afternoons.