These East End watering holes pair scenic views with bright flavors.
The Leon cocktail from Race Lane.
The Crow’s Nest Inn & Restaurant
Many consider the views from the rustic deck of The Crow’s Nest restaurant the best on the East End. From simple classics like The Summer Rental—a refreshing mix of gin, lime, honey, and cucumber— to more elaborate medleys like The Rambler Wagon, which offsets the hearty Rhum Clement with grapefruit liqueur, each cocktail is best accompanied by sunset views over the pond. 4 Old West Lake Dr., Montauk, 668-2077.
Finale East Hampton
This nightlife venue from New York’s Lower East Side is finally out East. The EMM Group has moved into the former SL East space. The revamped club includes upgraded sound and lighting systems as well as a redesigned patio featuring green garden accents and lighting. A chic ambience with exciting bottle service packages has made this spot a go-to for partygoers. 44 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, 212-627-1235.
Harvest on Fort Pond
At sunset, the tables dotting the garden at Harvest on Fort Pond are the perfect setting for a pre-dinner aperitif. With that in mind, the restaurant recently created The Refreshing Rosé. This cocktail mixes Provence rosé, grapefruit liqueur, and cucumber vodka. “Follow the drink with an order of oysters,” suggests beverage manager Laurel Edwards. 11 South Emery St., Montauk, 668-5574.
Montauk Yacht Club
Inspired by the laid-back feel of a bait-and-tackle fish shack in the Florida Keys, Hurricane Alley, the club’s indoor/outdoor dining space, offers a perfect summer reprieve. beverage director Mark Childers applies the farm-to-table mantra to his cocktails and sources local beers from Montauk Brewing Company and Blue Point Brewing Company, and Long Island wines from Lieb Cellars and Wölffer Estate Vineyard. 32 Star Island Road, 668-3100.
Muse in the Harbor
This easygoing bar has a passion for infusing exotic spirits with fresh ingredients—the basil fig spritzer is “crisp, light, and summery,” explains chef-owner Matt Guiffrida. “The Figenza Mediterranean fig vodka serves as a perfect complement to basil, which we grow in our on-site garden.” The canopied bar patio and outside dining deck offer breezy dining spots with prime people-watching off Main Street. 16 Main St., Sag Harbor, 899-4810.
This Montauk mainstay enlists rosé prosecco, orange vodka, raspberry, and cucumber for its Piscine Rosé cocktail, “a popular French Riviera drink inspired by our off-season trip to wineries around St-Tropez,” says partner and beverage director Martin Cabrera. He suggests pairing the blend with his lobster and clambake for a wonderful warm-weather meal. 16 Navy Road, Montauk, 668-6868.
Oakland’s Restaurant & Marina
The libations at this dockside spot are as fun as the vibe on the weekends, when a roster of live musicians perform. Tuck in to Oakland’s signature seafood pasta while sipping on summery cocktails like the cucumber margarita and French pear martini, prepared with locally sourced ingredients. 365 Dune Road, Hampton Bays, 728-6900.
Race Lane Restaurant
The Leon cocktail screams summer with ingredients like gluten-free Kai Toasted Coconut vodka and grilled fresh pineapple purée. Grab a spot at the intimate garden courtyard early in the evening and order the restaurant’s summer special: grilled Berkshire pork chop with Fuji apples, blueberry sauce, and grilled scallions. By the time the sun sets, the outdoor bar starts to turn in to a party. 31 Race Lane, East Hampton, 324-5022.