Long Island + The Hamptons

Things to do in Long Island + The Hamptons

Everyone from local blues bands to Jimmy Buffett plays live music at this Amagansett mainstay, which first opened its doors in 1987. The low-key venue can quickly transform from intimate to suffocating during high season weekends with a sprawling line down the block so get there before 9 p.m.

A summer camp for adults. Straight across the water from Surf Lodge, Ruschmeyer’s is a relative newcomer to the scene having opened in 2011.

The rollicking East Village biergarten brings Munich to Montauk with the opening of its waterside outpost.

The equestrian-themed bar launched with Triple Crown viewing parties in a space decked with polo memorabilia and custom furniture from the Pennsylvania Amish. A trio of options—beer garden, lounge, or restaurant—serve sangria and Northeastern micro beers.

2011’s buzziest opening is reaching even bigger heights. An impressive lineup of International DJ stars (Sebastian Ingrosso; Wolfgang Gartner) draws a flashy late-night crowd that hangs in cabanas on the outdoor veranda.

Drink to Get: Champagne!

Garden cocktails in a faux Ralph Lauren ad, this place is quintessential Hamptons. A handsome mahogany bar sits inside a seafood-centric restaurant helmed by Scott Kampf, but it’s the tree-fringed lawn that steals the show.

Michael and Paula Croteaux run the only winery in the United States dedicated solely to rosé.

Owners Chris and Ros Baiz provide a history of the Fork's viticulture as they pour you a glass of their red Rooster Tail.

If you want to take surfing lessons, head to the Sunset Surf Shack and ask for owner Craig Lieder, a quintessential hang-ten dude.