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13. Montauk: hip and amazing (and affordable)

From legendary musician Willie Nelson’s free show at Surf Lodge (at which fellow icon Jimmy Buffet unexpectedly arrived and played) to the Beastie Boys’ Mike D taking the plunge in a dunk tank for charity at a mostly unannounced fundraiser at Ruschmeyer’s hotel, Montauk was able to boast a 2013 summer whose social scene was full of hip happenings, celebrities and concerts – with much of it open to the general public for no or little charge.

Willie Nelson, joined by Jimmy Buffett, performs at the Surf Lodge in Montauk to benefit the Montauk Playhouse. (June 9, 2013)

Willie Nelson: Live and free in Montauk(Credit: SocietyAllure.com/Rob Rich)

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Top 13 Long Island nightlife stories of 2013

It was a year of recovery for several Nassau and Suffolk bars, clubs, lounges and other hangouts following Sandy, but by the arrival of winter much was back to normal. The world of LI nightlife quickly returned to staying busy embracing trends and entertaining those looking for a good time – just like it always has.

Here are a baker’s dozen of the happenings and hot moments of 2013, all of which combine to corroborate Long Island remains primed for a good time. -- IAN J. STARK