We all know the East End is gorgeous, literally dripping with immaculate beaches, top-notch restaurants and bars, well-kept homes and charming neighborhoods. But sometimes, and maybe especially during the winter months, it can kind of seem like there isn’t a whole lot to do that doesn’t involve spending a boatload of dough.
For those that are scratching their heads on where to go for some good, clean and affordable fun we got you covered! Here’s a little rundown on some of our favorite indoor entertainment destinations for you and your family to enjoy all year long.
Open since 2018 by the Rubenstein family, Club House takes the meaning of sports bar to a whole new level. Fit for both adult and family fun, Club House saved the Hamptons from having its own The Last Picture Show moment, adeptly filling the void left by the five-decade old East Hampton Bowl, which closed its Montauk Highway location in 2013. Ever since, Club House has breathed new meaning into the term “sports bar,” serving as the place for visitors and residents of the South Fork, and beyond, to get their indoor sporting fix.
The 10-lane bowling alley is its own, self-contained area perfect for a handful of friends that want to bowl a couple games after work on a Thursday night or for your kid’s ninth birthday party on a Saturday afternoon with their dozen or so closest friends. Complete with its own full bar and dining area, the bowling alley also holds a lounge, three pool tables, and nearby restrooms (so you don’t have to journey all the way to the other side of the building). Prices range from $20 an hour on Thursdays to $60 an hour Friday through Sunday until 6 p.m. and $40 on Sunday (after 6 p.m.). There’s a six-person limit per lane. Shoe rentals are $5 a pair.
Close to the main entrance of Club House is a state-of-the art arcade, set with over 30 classic and contemporary games. Think Skee-Ball, pinball machines, space invader games, crane games, and NBA hoops. Take the kids — they’ll be entertained for hours.
Additionally, Club House has become a premier venue for live music and dancing on a regular, year-round basis. They have a huge main bar equipped with TVs, an adjacent full-service dining room, and oodles of food and drink specials, particularly for Sunday football. Be sure to check out their events calendar listed here. Club House is open from 3:30 to midnight on Thursdays, 3 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Just outside of the Hamptons is The All-Star, a bowling alley, arcade and two-tiered sports bar and resto that keeps folks west of the Canal from having to travel 25 miles just to go bowling. Open since 2012 on Route 58, All-Star is equipped with 28 lanes of bowling (six are in their VIP room) and is open every day.
During the daytime on weekdays, until 6 p.m., classic bowling is availale for $38 per hour, per lane. The cost increases to $46 per hour, per lane after 6 p.m.. Bowling costs $46 per hour, per lane on the weekends. Shoe rental are $6 per pair.
In addition to classic bowling we all know and love, they’ve added a little twist (that the kiddos are sure to love) called HyperBowling. The lanes get marked with colorful targets and pins that get knocked down have point values attached. For those that don’t take bowling too seriously, this may be just the ticket as points are added for hitting the colored lights on the bumpers, too! It’s different, it’s fun and it adds some extra flair and color to the typical bowling scene. HyperBowling is available exclusively in the VIP Lounge. Each lane is $56 per hour, until 6 p.m., and $66 per hour per lane from 6 p.m. to close. Each lane can accommodate a maximum of six people.
The All-Star also has some pretty sweet package deals available for both kids and adults. For kids ages 14 and under, there’s 2 hours of unlimited bowling complete with shoe rental, pizza, pitchers of soda, cupcakes, $10 arcade cards, automatic bumpers. Package is $43.50 each (if you want the arcade included) or $38.50 each (for just bowling). The minimum is eight kids per party. For the adults, it’s 2.5 hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental, Bavarian pretzel rods, pizzas, buckets of fries, a wing platter, and pitches of soda. Cost is $53.50 per adult and eight people are required to book the reservation.
Open noon to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.
Taking over the space that was originally Bamboo is Kizzy T’s, the latest effort from the same restaurant group that bring us K Pasa and Kumiso here on the South Fork. Since opening a couple months ago, Kizzy T’s not only brings the Hamptons a uniquely short but oh-so-sweet menu — think bahn mi’s, umami wraps, lollipop lamb chops and shrimp crackers — but a little bit of an elevated bar vibe that can run stagnant in the colder months. Pool tables, foosball, shuffleboard, jumbo Jenga and dart boards are some of the classically bar inspired fun to be had at this tavern-but-make-it-Japanse-style spot that opens at 5 p.m. and stays open until at least midnight. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Really quickly: Big shout out to Shelter Island’s Mitchel Post 281 American Legion Hall. There’s a two-lane bowling alley in the basement that’s for both the men’s and women’s leagues (which has several teams each) and it’s the coolest thing ever.