When it comes to going out with friends for a drink, what do you look for in a bar? Is it the atmosphere? The staff? The beer? As Toby Keith sang, “I love this bar/It’s my kind of place/Just walkin’ through the front door/Puts a big smile on my face.”
These bars, restaurants and breweries may just be your kind of place—these spots were voted the Platinum winners in the latest Dan’s Best of the Best readers’ choice competition.
For the best bar hands down on the South Fork, Dan’s Papers readers chose 75 Main (75 Main Street, Southampton, 631-283-7575). Naturally, 75 Main was also voted the place with the best Happy Hour.
If you prefer to watch a game with your drink, check out The Driver’s Seat (62 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-6606), voted the best sports bar in the Hamptons.
To meet the best bartender in the Hamptons and ask for your favorite complicated cocktail—or just an expertly poured beer—head to Buckley’s Inn Between (139 W Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, 631-728-7197). There you can find Brandon, the readers’ pick, behind the bar.
If you’re looking for the best beer selection in the Hamptons, let the Dan’s Best of the Best voters guide you to Southampton Publick House (40 Bowden Square, Southampton Village, 631-283-2800), the bar and restaurant that brews its own beer.
On the North Fork, Billy’s by the Bay (2530 Manhasset Avenue, Greenport, 631-477-8300) was voted the best bar and the bar with the best Happy Hour. while the seafood and lobster restaurant’s own Danielle Volinski was picked at the best bartender.
Best sports bar, according to Dan’s Papers readers, is Sophie’s Restaurant (730 Main Bayview Road, Southold, 631-765-5700).
Voted the spot with the best beer, visit Moustache Brewing Co. (400 Hallet Avenue, Riverhead, 631-591-3250). The microbrewery offers variety of seasonal brews plus a special IPA of the Month. You’re sure to always find something new when you drop by.
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