Happy Hour in the Hamptons
Hamptons Happy Hours With a Twist
Enter East Hampton Happy Hour into your search bar and you’ll see so many choices loading that you might want to organize a sunset booze cruise, especially if you’re planning a Hamptons bachelorette party or other group outing. You’ll find a few of these gems are actual bar-bars, but most are restaurants where, for a happy happy hour price, you can taste some of the finest cuisine in Long Island.
How to Choose your Perfect Happy Hour Spot
Rather than the ol’ top ten, we’ve broken our list into a few categories to help you find the best happy hour place to suit your mood.
These are the establishments with special mixed drinks, or they feature especially good Happy Hour prices for the area. It is the Hamptons after all, so you’ll still have to shell out some clams for a glass of wine with your mussels, but these places generally feature lower prices during cocktail hour.
The Springs Tavern (and chews) – 15 Fort Pond Blvd East Hampton, NY 11937 (M-F, 4:00-7:00)
A longtime, casual Townie spot with great food – discounted appetizers and 1$ off drinks. Try the watermelon cocktail. And you can bring your pup.
Smoky O’grady’s BBQ & Pub – 306 Flanders Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333 (times not listed)
This is truly a pub style place with decent priced beer, wine, and cocktails and finger-licking barbeque. Generally crowded and loud with live music.
Cove Hollow Tavern – 85 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton, NY 11937 (times not listed)
Half upscale Hampton farmhouse style restaurant/half tavern atmosphere. What to get to drink? We found the Private 2; a mix of gin, Prosecco, and peach delicious and refreshing.
Some of the best happy hour establishments feature discounts on basic bar food while others showcase their finest dishes to promote their outstanding cuisine.
Nick & Toni’s – 136 N Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937 (5:30-6:30 M-F, 2:30-6:30 sun)
Newsday called the Mai Tai with Diplomático Blanco one of the top ten cocktails on Long Island, so there is that, as well as it being one of the best restaurants. Beer for $6 and wine and cocktails for $8 last we checked. Must have: zucchini chips.
Lulu Kitchen & Bar (and chews) – 126 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 (5:30-6:30)
Authentic Mediterranean Bistro in a fun setting – 1$ Oysters Happy Hour every night. In this Sag Harbor staple you will find a friendly atmosphere any time.
Dopo La Spaggia – 31 Race Ln East Hampton, NY 11937 (times not listed)
Authentic Italian food and good wine, this is a Hampton’s hotspot for house cocktails and delicious appetizers that make it well worth the early start.
Some of the best Happy Hour destinations are in town nestled away from shore, while others have the distinct advantage of a beautiful coastal setting where you can dock and dine all summer.
George’s Lighthouse Cafe – 1999 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954 (5:00-6:00)
George’s is the spot to hit after the Montauk lighthouse and trekking around until you get so hungry and thirsty you must get a drink and some sliders ‘n fries. American fare and reasonable drink prices.
Bay Kitchen Bar – 39 Gann Rd, East Hampton, 11937 (4:00-7:00)
The view of Three Mile Harbor is outstanding, especially at sunset. Note that happy hour is only in the bar. Enjoy fresh oysters and a cold beer.
Cowfish – 258 E Montauk Hwy, Hampton Bays, NY 11946 (M-F, 4:00-7:00)
Watch the long drop of the sun as you enjoy a glass of wine at this stylish, rustic spot that just may become your next favorite happy, or any hour place.
When you are looking to enjoy a happy hour that includes great socializing or people watching, it takes a particular vibe to make that scene work.
The Maidstone – 207 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937 (3:00-6:00)
Take a late afternoon gambol to the dining room of this lovely s0-Hamptons hotel for a most elegant happy hour – sidle up and make your first drink order an Aperol spritz to quench your thirst.
The Beach Bar at Surf Lodge – 183 Edgemere St, Montauk, NY 11954 (times not listed)
Famous for famous people and wild nights, you can’t go wrong at this hot spot on the water where Happy hour may not be a great deal, but you will definitely have a great time.
Navy Beach – 16 Navy Rd, Montauk, NY 11954 (times not listed)
Oh so Hamptony, this is one of those chic beachy spots with a view where you can kick back, order a Mojito and watch the band set-up for a cool night on the sand. Family friendly, always crowded.
Special note: Many establishments have made adjustments to the time they are open, happy hour and menu, so you may want to check with a particular place before heading out.