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The Hamptons Nightlife

Dive Bars in the Hamptons

Locals rarely mingle with the summer set, so if you want to shoot a game of pool with your lifeguard or plumber, seek out a dive bar. In Sag Harbor, Murf's Backstreet Tavern is the place to go for beer, sliders, and pizza. Just don't drink too many pints—the Sag police station is next door. In East Hampton's Springs neighborhood (largely inhabited by locals), Wolfie's Tavern pours an all-American selection of beers and entertains with satellite TV, a jukebox, and a horseshoe pit. Dress down or you will stand out, and how.

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Rowdy Hall
10 Main Street #B
East Hampton , New York
Tel: 631 324 8555

Located at the end of a brick alley, this tidy pub from the owners of Nick & Toni's has become a favorite among summer folks for its friendly service and unfussy vibe. Sidle up to the copper-top bar for a pint of Brooklyn Lager or a dram of one of many whiskeys picturesquely posed against a stained-glass backdrop. The menu includes fish and chips, braised duck legs, and one of the East End's best burgers. The six-screen UA cinema is just down the street, making the pub a popular stop among East Hampton's post-movie crowd; they know as well as anyone that convivial Rowdy Hall generally lives up to its name just enough.—Darrell Hartman

Open daily noon to 11 pm.

The Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street
Amagansett , New York
Tel: 631 267 3117

Located in the center of sleepy Amagansett, the Stephen Talkhouse is the closest thing to a CBGB-style roadhouse as you're likely to find on the East End. Since opening in 1970, this live-music venue has attracted a talented roster of musicians, including Billy Joel and Paul Simon. Grab a beer at the long bar, check out the autographed photographs and memorabilia papering the walls, and get ready to rock out. Buy tickets well in advance.

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Surf Lodge
183 S. Edgemere Street
Montauk , New York
Tel: 631 668 1562

Depending on whom you talk to, this low-slung party spot on the eastern shore of Fort Pond spelled either the end of Montauk or a new beginning when it opened in 2008. Surf Lodge has a handful of whitewashed guest rooms (Frette linens, platform beds), and celebrity chef Sam Talbot's menu includes yummy burgers and local seafood. That said, neither food nor furnishings are the big draw here: This is Montauk's original see-and-be-seen night venue, even if it's more about flip-flops and Coronas than Louboutins and velvet ropes. Out on the sand, you'll find Manhattan's young fashion crowd swaying to Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones in the orange light of a beach bonfire. Thanks to a rash of trendy newcomers—the Crow's Nest and Navy Beach, to name just two—the most devoted scene-followers have moved on from Surf Lodge. Still, the cars line up along Edgemere Street, so be prepared to walk a quarter mile or so from yours if you arrive after sunset on a Friday or Saturday night.—Darrell Hartman

Bar open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 5 to 11 pm, Tuesdays 5 to 9 pms, Fridays 5 pm to 2 am, Saturdays noon to 3 am, and Sundays 11 am to midnight, May through September.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.