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Whether you’re looking for a casually raucous night or a sophisticated dinner out, The Hamptons has you covered, especially during the sweltering summer months when the area’s nightlife comes alive. First, there’s Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, where burgers and beer reign supreme. If you’re looking for live music, head to the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, where everyone from Billy Joel to Paul McCartney have taken the stage. (Cover varies depending upon the act.) For something a little more refined, head to Le Flirt, where you can enjoy a live cabaret performance or dance to music from the DJ. Other notable hotspots include Surf Lodge in Montauk, SL East in East Hampton and Southampton Social Club.
Chances are you won’t get a last-minute invitation to a private Hampton’s fundraiser with the A-listers. No problem. The Stephen Talkhouse along Main Street in East Hampton draws a lively young crowd and amazing live music performances. In the past, well-known musicians have dropped by unexpectedly to sit in on stage. Tucked away in an alley off Main Street, the Blue Parrot, described as East Hampton’s favorite dive bar, brings together local residents and summertime visitors with its casual attitude. Originally opened in 1981 by a group of surfers, it’s now owned by actress Renée Zellweger, billionaire Ron Perelman, and rocker Jon Bon Jovi, who has been known to drop in from time to time. (Tex-Mex food and local bands take the stage on other nights.) The Memory Motel bar in Montauk, immortalized by the 1970s Rolling Stones song, offers live acts, strong drinks, plenty of dancing, and a party crowd.