It doesn't get more waterfront than this! In the heat of summer, cool down on Manhattan's shores, with these 4 water-front watering holes that propose the perfect on-deck escape for a cold drink on a hot day. While all but one of these NYC boat bars are stationary, each is free to enter, though it'll cost you to drink. So get your flippy-floppies, and read on for boatloads of drinking (and dining, too!) fun.
North River Lobster Company
Lobster lovers rejoice: You can chow down on those scrumptious crustaceans, throw back signature cocktails, and cruise out onto the Hudson River, thanks to this perfect summer recipe proposed by Midtown's 2014-debuted North River Lobster Company. Essentially a floating lobster shack, up to 450 patrons can set out aboard one of four to six casual (and complimentary!) 45-minute sailings daily, where seafood-centric indulgence (including a raw bar and Maine lobster dishes) comes paired with plenty to wash it all down with, including cocktails served up in mason jars and frosty buckets of beer. See more at North River Lobster Company Sails NYC's Hudson River.
Dating to 1929, this historic "lightship" vessel (once a floating lighthouse used by the Coast Guard, it sank and was dredged up from the Chesapeake Bay) has been a longstanding go-to summer spot for swarms of devotees. Permanently docked at the Hudson River-facing Pier 66 (inside Hudson River Park), visitors can freely tour the old Frying Pan ship, hang out on a former Lackawanna railroad barge, and chow down and imbibe at the Pier 66 Maritime, offering a full-service bar and grill. See more at pier66maritime.com.
Grand Banks—a schooner-cum-bar/restaurant—is now docked on the Hudson for its second season, along Tribeca's Pier 25. The atmospheric 142-foot sailboat marks the largest wooden vessel on display in NYC, welcoming patrons to hop aboard for some nautically inspired tippling, paired with sustainably sourced oysters and small seasonal plates. See more at Oyster Bar/Boat, Grand Banks, is Docked in Tribeca.
The Crow's Nest
Reminiscent of a yacht club, The Crow's Nest and sister establishment The Water Club, jut out onto the East River on a permanently moored, bi-level barge, to transporting waterfront views. On The Water Club's upper deck, The Crow's Nest offers a casual dining alternative—and perfect perch for alfresco cocktails—and is one of summer's hidden-away gems. Nosh on light bites like burgers, lobster rolls, and raw bar selections, washed down by spiked lemonade, bourbon iced tea, or sangria. Survey the Queens/Brooklyn skyline, boating activity along the East River, and active comings and goings at the neighboring 34th Street Heliport. See more at NYC Restaurant Review: The Water Club & The Crow's Nest.