The Hamptons nightlife
Nightlife in the Hamptons has expanded tremendously since the 1980s, when beachside outposts of Manhattan's hottest clubs, such as Danceteria and M-80, first arrived on the East End. Two decades later, the nightlife scene reached a nadir (though some would say pinnacle) of decadence. Today, nightlife in the Hamptons is exceptionally well-rounded and includes trendy clubs with strict door policies (SL East, the Elm), relaxed wine bars, and restaurants that transform into late-night spots after hours. A less scene-conscious crowd parties heartily at beer-fueled locales with exotic names like the Boardy Barn. At tucked-away pubs, locals and adventurous members of the summer set throw back pints over pool, darts, and chicken fingers. In recent years, the big story has been the transformation of the sleepy fishing town of Montauk into a nightlife hub for cool young Manhattanites; they flocked first to the Surf Lodge and have kept the party going at Navy Beach, the Crow's Nest, and Ruschmeyer's. Keep in mind that the hottest clubs close down after Labor Day, and in season, the doors are often closed to anyone who's not "on the list."