Concierge.com's insider take:
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.