Sip Back and Relax with Sunsets and Sundowners
There are plenty of times when drinking indoors can, should or must be done. July is not one of them. This is the prime of summer, so leave the barstools for drearier days and head to where the only thing on the horizon is the horizon itself – and drinks, of course. Here are six spots to enjoy your cocktails with the most beautiful ocean views.
Gurney’s Star Island (32 Star Island Rd., Montauk)In its second year open since a whopping $13 million renovation saw a historic yacht club converted into the dazzling resort it is now, Gurney’s Star Island Resort Montauk is not a spot to miss. Come for a weekend cozied up in some of the most luxurious rooms on the East End, for a decadent seafood extravaganza at Showfish restaurant, or for a sunset cocktail and walk along the 2,000-foot private beach. The chic poolside bar serves smoky mezcal tonics, spicy watermelon margaritas, tropical rum and Campari punches, and frosé, with live music and long lounge chairs to sit back on while taking in views of the harbor and Montauk Lake, before going out to put your feet in the cool night sand. *Currently open only to hotel guests*
Baron’s Cove (31 W. Water St., Sag Harbor)
A cerulean pool and flawless green lawn are all that stand between the back porches of Baron’s Cove resort and Sag Harbor, lest it should uphold anything less than the quintessential Northeastern summer’s dream of a destination. Having maintained a flawless reputation for some of the most warm and discreet hospitality in the Hampton’s for more than 60 years, what Baron’s Cove might lack in of- the-moment trend and glitz, it makes up for with elegance and good graces in spades. One of its most inviting corners is its lounge, which is open for guests and non-guests alike to come and enjoy its outdoor deck, with beer, wine, cocktails and food from the Tavern served to your rocking chair or Adirondack, while enjoying the sunset over the harbor at happy hour or staring into a firepit’s embers late at night. *Currently open only to hotel guests*
The Lobster Roll (1980 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett)
Not trying to see or be seen? Go to the ultra-retro Lobster Roll, also known as LUNCH for the massive sign that reads as such, towering over Montauk Highway between Montauk and Amagansett alongside a billowing American flag to beckon diners inside since 1965. Red umbrellas shading some picnic tables, flower-filled trellises hanging over others, baskets of crinkle fries, platters of its namesake sandwich, and a full bar menu ripe for some daytime drinking – the extensive drinks list is clairvoyantly divided by “rum cocktails,” “vodka cocktails,” “tequila cocktails,” and so on – have made this institution so beloved for so many years. Bring your kids, bring your dogs, and bask in American lobster shack glory at LUNCH.
Montauk Brewing Company (62 South Erie Ave., Montauk)
On days when you can’t be bothered to go anywhere but the beach, or evenings when you want to take to the dunes and find your own best sunset viewing spot, a cooler of cold ones serves as your best bar – and for that, Montauk Brewing Company was made to fill it. The labor of love of a few East End natives who began brewing in a basement years ago, this local enterprise has since upgraded its digs into an iconic old red barn that now serves as home base for a nationwide operation. That means that the freshest cans of their IPAs, summer ales, watermelon sessions, pumpkin brews, pilsners, and even hard seltzers are found here in Montauk, and are best chosen after a few tasting pours of what’s on tap. Grab some packs and head back to the beach, where they’re meant to be cracked open.