Sunset Cocktails

With a lack of obstruction and lots of seasonal venues in full swing, there are plenty of ways to welcome the night while armed with a cocktail.

No skyscrapers. No billboards. No mountains. In fact, aside from some healthy trees there isn’t much in the way of towering obstacles to get in your way while trying to spy a sunset. Truthfully, most Hamptons locations that face the right direction will allow for good-to-spectacular views, but if you’d like to say “so long” to the day in social fashion, a wise choice would be to visit Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton. Located along Three Mile Harbor, this new spot is a second-story venue, which makes it a prime possibility when looking to watch the sunset. Aside from a pocket of couches and a square of space perched halfway up its staircase, there isn’t any outside deck here from which to do your dusking—but BKB is wrapped in long windows, allowing for serious views, and when the sun is in just the right position, the bar and dining area can absorb a bit of a soft orange solar glow. As for libations, the options include a trio of juleps (bourbon vanilla, pineapple, blackberry), summer-inspired cocktails and craft beer. (39 Gann Rd.)

Meanwhile, the sun does an equally fine job of sinking in striking style over in Sag Harbor, where anyone along the hamlet’s Long Wharf can partake in such a pursuit. But, if you do so from Harlow East, you’ll also be able to settle in at the bar or grab a table on the Sag Harbor Bay-side deck of this sibling to Manhattan’s Harlow restaurant – and while it shares in its city sister’s chic food and cocktails options, the feel is upscale but very casual. So if you have classy shorts you were looking to break in, this could be a primo opportunity. In addition, Harlow is running a “Back Bar BBQ” promotion on Fri-Sun until the end of the summer, which runs from 6 pm-close and (for $25) grants guests a menu of barbecue food (the menu changes weekly) and either a glass of beer or rosé. (1 Long Wharf)

Then again, if you’d rather see the solar show from the other side of the bay, Shelter Island is only a short ferry ride away. Although not technically a “Hampton,” as the isle is a town of its own, its wilderness, beaches and general lack of nuisance make it a choice nearby alternative—and while there’s only a handful of spots from which to do drinks and watch day turn into night, the top option is Sunset Beach, a bar, restaurant and hotel only footsteps from western-facing Crescent Beach. A place noteworthy for beautiful crowds of international folk, this summer’s best bet at ‘Sunset is its “Balearic Sundays” series which feature funky DJs from 3 pm until, well, sunset. (35 Shore Rd)

However, one of the most popular, and reasonably priced places to find cocktails and a divine view of the evening’s arrival is along Dune Road in East Quogue at Dockers. Sunsets are big business here (its website even announces the time of sunset), with perhaps its biggest draw the Friday happy hour deal which features $5 drinks and a special menu of $5 apps from 3:30 pm-6:30 pm. Of course, the sun doesn’t completely fade away within that period of time, but there is live music starting at 7:30 pm and Dockers tends to draw well, and the sunsets off of adjacent Shinnecock Bay are highly recommended and considered worth the wait. (94 Dune Rd)

(Photo Credit: Seamus Murray)