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Let the Hamptons Begin

The UD Guide to the Hamptons 2008

With the season kicking off this weekend and hype already trickling out in bits and pieces, we thought we'dbring it all together for you. It's the least we could do as you head east for sunnier pastures and moreoutlandish parties. Herewith, the UD Hamptons Guide for 2008 (and, oh yeah, a special perk to helpyou get there). Happy summering...

Lily Pond
THE DOOR

Lily Pond

The owners of Stereo brush off the cheese to bring a sophisticated vibe to the old Resort space, with a more intimate feeling than you'll find at the mega-clubs. Secret weapons include British singer Estelle slated for opening weekend, a lineup of high profile DJs and a spectacularly imposing front door. We assume they have a doorman to match.

411: 44 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, NY, 631-907-2790

La Playa
THE BEACH

La Playa

The Pink Elephant masterminds open up a second beach hub with the most floor space in Southampton, allowing for bigger parties, bigger acts and bigger bottles. It's just a mile down the road from the Elephant's Hamptons outpost, but a little sibling rivalry never hurt anyone.

411: 125 Tuckahoe Rd (off Rte 27), Southampton, NY, 631-251-6292

Dune Reopens
THE SAND

Dune Reopens

This Brigitte Bardot-inspired nightclub should build on last summer's celebrity crowd with special Saturday assistance from Kiss & Fly, for the Hamptons' own MPD-away-from-MPD. It's going for glam, but you'll probably see more popped collars than Old Hollywood style.

411: 1181 North Sea Road, Southampton, NY, 631-283-0808

Kobe Beach Club
THE BEEF

Kobe Beach Club

The Chodorow steakhouse moves beachward, bringing the world's best beef with it (according to El Chod, anyway), along with the Imperial Shellfish Plateau if you're feeling more surf than turf. We're always up for Manhattan foodies moving east, especially since the club is neighbors with Lily Pond, which allows for convenient post-beef revelry.

411: 44 Three Mile Island Road, East Hampton, NY, 631-604-2610

Bellhaus
THE OUTFIT

Bellhaus

This specialty boutique opened its doors yesterday with Lanvin, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen in tow, more than ready to outfit you for that last-minute White Party.

411: 328 Montauk Hwy, Wainscott, NY, 631-537-5050

A Free Day of Motoring
THE PERK

A Free Day of Motoring

Of course, you'll need a car to get you there, so Perks is bringing you a free day of motoring from Gotham Dream Cars to help you head east in the fast lane.

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