Where to either finish the day or start the evening
Aside from the fresh air, ever-present nature and vibrant culture to be found in the Hamptons, a solid portion of people heading out east in the summer are also hoping to find good social times – making knowledge of a winning happy hour a valuable asset.
Luckily, there are many options from which to choose – but perhaps the best of all takes place every Friday in East Quogue at Dockers Waterside. Located on Dune Road, the location may be a bit remote – but those who venture out to this beach highway hotspot will be rewarded with ocean breezes and nature-filled vistas — which during happy hour is likely to include an unencumbered view of le soleil couchant. As for its happy hour, the weekly Dockers deal — which may be occasionally suspended for holidays or other occasions — is quite a steal, allowing guests (from 3:30 pm-6:30 pm) to choose one of many specifically designated appetizers and one of any sort of drink, for $5 total. In addition, Dockers is no stranger to live music and DJ parties late on weekends, making this out-of-the-way restaurant and lounge more than just an early evening opportunity. (94 Dune Rd.)
However, gorgeous scenery is also to be had at Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton. New to the Hamptons scene, it only opened for business in April, but has already gained attention for its view of Three Mile Harbor. Its lounge area is on the second floor, and it throws a daily happy hour from 4 pm-7 pm, which allows customers to enjoy cocktails and oysters while bathing in the fading glow of the summer sun. (39 Gann Rd.)
On the other hand, sunsets aren’t for everybody — so if you are willing to eschew large windows and oceanic shimmering, Townline BBQ in Sagaponack will reward all comers with a casual chance at drinks and saucy grub. An upscale roadhouse right off Montauk Highway, this is one of the few spots in the Hamptons that can somewhat serve as a sports bar, as games are always on the TVs and there’s a pool table. Townline’s loaded barbecue menu is probably enough to make this a required stop, but on Thursdays and Fridays (from 4 pm-7 pm) the happy hour specials include half-priced pint cooler drinks (including its near-iconic “Manzarita” mix, a wicked apple-topped margarita) plus $5 pickle-back and tequila shots. Beer specials are $4 a pint or can, $15 a pitcher and there are also food deals on bar snacks (wings, hush puppies, chicken rolls, warm pretzels) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (3593 Townline Rd.)
But – is happy hour in the Hamptons all about playing it casual? Perhaps you’re looking to mingle with well-dressed professionals, or potentially spot a famous face – and if so, the Palm at the Huntting Inn in East Hampton will give you a chance for such an experience. A building that predates the Revolutionary War, it looks more like an exclusive country club than a modern public social space, and has long been a high-end Hamptons haute hangout. Its happy hour is referred to as “Prime Time,” granting guests a selection of half-priced appetizers from Sunday-Friday between 5 pm-7 pm – and although that isn’t really much of a price-breaking deal, this is a scenario that’s more about scene than steal. (94 Main St.)