Wednesday’s the new Friday as we check out what’s happening on the Hamptons bar scene.
Along with a freshly recruited posse of revelers, I recently embarked on the fourth annual HC&G cocktail crawl, a two-night tour of top East End haunts. Professional drinkers all, we tested some potent quaffs and fortified ourselves at each stop with tasty hors d’oeuvres.
East Hampton to Sag Harbor
6:30 P.M. | We sip Lady Elders (Pisco Peruvian brandy, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice, fresh raspberries) in the lovely garden of the Living Room at the c/o The Maidstone hotel in East Hampton (207 Main St., 631-324-5440, careofhotels.com/maidstone). The raspberries give the strong Pisco an enchanting flavor.
7:30 P.M. | Next, we’re off to LT Burger in Sag Harbor (62 Main St., 631-899-4646, ltburger.com) for the Rated "R" Shelter Island Shake (Banks Rum, pineapple juice, coconut, vanilla ice cream). We gorge on chef Andrew Buffalino’s amazing house-made smoked jerk chicken.
8:30 P.M. | We cross the street and hit Phao (29 Main St., 631-725-0101, phaorestaurant.com) for the refreshing Midnight Lemonade (Grey Goose vodka, Domaine de Canton, ginger-infused house-made lemonade). Barman Derek Nielsen squeezes pink grapefruit to top off another creation, the Te Amo Margarita (Partida reposado tequila, fresh agave, fresh lime).
9:30 P.M. | A few steps away at Page (63 Main St., 631-725-1810), we finish off the night with a Champagne-Splashed Martini (Hendrick’s gin shaken with muddled cucumbers and a spritz of fresh lime) and Peconic Bay oysters. The bubbly lightens the mix and heightens the cucumber aromas. Our designated driver brings home four ebullient revelers.
Bridgehampton to Montauk
5:30 P.M. | We start in Bridgehampton at the new location of Almond (1 Ocean Rd., 631-537-5665, almondrestaurant.com), in a white tin-ceilinged building with a famous red Scalamandré zebra-motif paper on the walls. Co-owner Eric Lemonides greets us with tasty Orange Blossoms (Prosecco, St. Germain, Angostura bitters).
6:30 P.M. | In East Hampton, we groove to the lively Italian vibe at Serafina (104 N. Main St., 631-267-3500, serafinarestaurant.com). Barman Chris Messinger deftly crafts our pretty-in-pink Serafina cocktails (St. Germain, Grey Goose vodka, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and four strawberries) in tall iced high-ball glasses.
7:30 P.M. | East Hampton’s renovated Turtle Crossing America n Bistro (221 Pantigo Rd., 631-324-7166, turtlecrossing.com) has insanely good house-smoked ribs, perfect with the Doubly Dark & Stormy's (Kraken Black Spiced rum, Myers’s dark rum, fresh lime juice, ginger brew). Co-owner Nancy Singer regales us with stories of serving celebrity diners (including Bill Clinton and Katie Couric).
8:30 P.M. | At South Edison (17 S. Edison St., 631-668-4200, southedison.com), a Montauk beach-house restaurant with colorful art, chef Todd Mitgang, named one of the “sexiest chefs” by the New York Post, serves Thai-twist cuisine. We slurp Blue Point oysters and wash them down with Tomato Water and Kaffir Lime Cocktails, made with Long Island LIV vodka.
9:30 P.M. | This year’s real discovery is Backya rd at SolÉ East in Montauk (90 Second House Rd., 631-668-2105, soleeast.com), a candlelit, hideaway beach shack overlooking a big daybed-strewn lawn, where outdoor concerts and Sunday brunches are held. Our Myles Mint Mojitos (Cruzan rum, fresh strawberries, peaches, mint) end another legendary crawl. Nine stops and still standing.