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THE HAMPTONS: Pink Elephant Southampton
The original is in New York City's nightlife hub, Chelsea, but apart from the location—a 6,000-square-foot beach instead of the far western reaches of Manhattan—it's hard to tell the satellite Pink Elephant from its papa. Both share the same killer-clique clientele and special features like ambient lighting and a scent machine that breathes floral notes and pheromones into the air.
Velvet Rope Factor: Be polite, dress smart, and you won't have a problem (though the club's PR flack does warn, "groups of guys are a no-no").
In Good Company: Since its doors opened Memorial Day 2006, members of both the Trump and Hilton clans have made appearances. Along with scores of summering socialites, you can expect to see the likes of Jessica Simpson, Zach Braff, and Sophie Dahl lounging in one of the climate-controlled VIP cabanas. (While we won't qualify Star Jones, pictured, as sexy, she does have a lot more time to lounge here these days.)
Hey, Mr. DJ: Top-notch house DJs are de rigueur—no surprise considering a former NASA engineer is in charge of the sound system. Famed turntablists include Roger Sanchez and Paul Oakenfold.
Sip on This: Bottle service prevails at this upscale institution. A bottle of Grey Goose with mixers will run you a mere $350. Double that for a magnum. Oh, and tip well, please.
When to Go: Friday nights, when free caviar and Champagne are served in those VIP cabanas. Oh, and double-therapist messages for $200. Closed Monday through Thursday.
Pink Elephant Southampton
281 County Road 39A (Route 27), near N. Main Street
Tel: 631 287 9888