Where to find daytime excitement in the Hamptons
There’s no need to wait for nightfall when looking to party on the weekend in the Hamptons, as several venues don’t just open their doors early but specialize in dedicated daytime good times.
One of the hipper options to try is the “Summer Set Saturdays” series taking place at the Montauk Beach House (weekly until Labor Day). Utilizing its large pool area, this upscale spot (easily recognized by its huge, golden Easter Island-like entrance statute) invites a new DJ (or DJs) every Saturday to spin, with such notables as Talib Kweli (July 26) and Cosmo Baker (August 30) among those scheduled, plus more “selectors”, some of which are yet to be announced. There is no cover to enter, but anyone planning to attend must RSVP at [email protected]; to reserve a daybed, email [email protected] (55 S. Elmwood Ave.)
Another unique opportunity this month will require a bit of local ferry travel, as Shelter Island’s La Maison Blanche hotel has a fun daytime doing that might even provide a bit of exercise. From noon until sunset on Sundays, all can come to this inn and compete in games of petanque, a bocce-style game of French origin – all the while receiving unlimited Grey Goose vodka, Veuve Clicquot champagne and bites from the pig roast La Maison’s Katana restaurant will have prepared. RSVPs are also required, and there is a door charge of $99 for those playing petanque, $149 for those who would rather just watch while enjoying an endlessly flowing bubbly; call 631-749-5659 to register. (11 Stearns Point Rd., Shelter Island Heights)
On the other hand, if you like your parties on the wild side, the Dual Groupe hospitality company will be returning to Sienna Ultralounge in East Hampton to throw three of its legendary Day & Night gatherings before the September chill starts to arrive (July 5; August 2 & 30). Carrying on the tradition of DJ + champagne-driven Sunday brunches found in Manhattan, guests attending a D&N bash can expect to find lovely, leggy ladies dancing on the furniture, DJs firing up pounding EDM and bottle service that includes jeroboams of Verve Cliquot, Runart Blanc de Blanc and Krug. Table reservations are $200-$300, while the basic cover charge is $50, with everything kicking off at 1pm; email [email protected] to set up your visit. (44 Three Mile Harbor Rd.)
Still not insane enough? Then you may need to take a trip to the Boardy Barn in Hampton Bays, a corral-like venue that has been throwing Sunday parties for four decades. The Barn is open from 3pm-8pm, and if you go, save your couture for another day as this shindig is proudly built upon carousing, sing-alongs and likely brew spillage in epic quantity – however, if you actually throw a beer you will get tossed, and don’t wear orange (it’s the staffer color). Expect a lot (as in a LOT) of people, and be sure to either take a cab or use a designated driver. (270 W Montauk Hwy.)