Hamptons Southampton Social Club is toasting a major milestone, despite the unusual circumstances created by Covid-19. This year marks the big 1-0 for the perennially cool bar and restaurant located at 256 Elm Street. Now, to celebrate a decade of good times, owner Ian Duke says that he has transformed the club into an outdoor sanctuary.
“We’ve created an oasis that allows people to escape and have a little normalcy in the lives for an evening,” says Ian Duke, who also owns Southampton favorites Union Burger Bar and the new Union Sushi & Steak, as well as The Baylander, Prohibition and Lucky’s Famous Burgers in Manhattan. “We have an absolutely enormous outdoor space and we have all the safety features in place.”
The Southampton Social Club is still serving up its full menu of fresh sushi, seafood and steaks on its new synthetically turfed, high-heel-friendly lawn, which boasts room to seat 200 people while respecting social distancing protocols.
“Very fortunately, Southampton Social Club has been very busy over the years and as you can image what that does to a lawn,” says Duke. “So, we replaced the whole lawn with a special synthetic used in the best sports stadiums. People love it because it’s so picturesque. It’s absolutely epic.”
The club is also celebrating with a new drinks menu that includes house specials like the Social Cooler (jalapeño infused Don Julio tequila, watermelon purée and fresh lime) Backyard Lemonade (Grey Goose le melon vodka, fresh squeezed lemonade and fresh berries) and The Weekender (Stoli cucumber vodka, Chambord and fresh lime).
But the Social Club’s latest and greatest innovation is a unique take on the classic silent disco. Guests receive headphones that change color based on whether you are enjoying the live DJ or any of the multiple stations available, so everyone can see what you listening to and join in.