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All the Best Boat Bars to Drink in NYC

As the summer months approach and the warm weather has officially arrived, New Yorkers are eager to enjoy the city’s outdoor dining spots and make the most of the warmer weather. From rooftop bars to quaint backyards, there is no shortage of places to enjoy a drink while soaking up the sunshine. However, for the ultimate outdoor experience, nothing beats a boat bar with breathtaking waterfront views. With menus that feature everything from fresh seafood to classic cocktails, these boat bars offer a unique and memorable way to enjoy a summer day in the city. So, climb aboard and get ready to sip on some delicious drinks while taking in the stunning views of the city skyline. We’ve rounded up our favorite 9 boat experiences you must add to the list this season.

1. Grand Banks

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Located on Pier 25 in Tribeca, Grand Banks is a historic wooden schooner that has been transformed into a bar and restaurant. Offering spectacular views of the Hudson River, Grand Banks serves a range of cocktails and seafood dishes. The bar is located on a historic wooden schooner, which is docked in the Hudson River with stunning views of downtown Manhattan. The bar’s nautical theme is reflected in its décor, which includes elegant wooden furniture, white sails, and a beautiful brass bar.

2. The Frying Pan

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Moored at Pier 66 in Hudson River Park, The Frying Pan is a historic lightship that was built in 1929. The bar is located on a historic lightship that has been restored and transformed into a floating bar and grill. Located on the Hudson River, Frying Pan offers stunning views of the city skyline and the water. The bar’s menu features a variety of classic American dishes such as burgers, fries, and seafood, as well as a wide range of beers, cocktails, and wines. Frying Pan is known for its lively atmosphere, with live music performances and a vibrant crowd.

3. North River Lobster Company

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Departing from Pier 81, North River Lobster Company offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a delicious seafood meal while cruising along the Hudson River. The boat bar is a multi-level yacht which includes both indoor and outdoor seating. North River Lobster Company’s menu features fresh seafood dishes, including their famous lobster rolls (but also has non-seafood options). The bar’s casual atmosphere and friendly staff make it a great place to enjoy a drink with friends or a romantic night out on the water. The yacht sets sail multiple times per day and you can book your time slot arrival directly on their website.

4. La Barca Cantina

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You can’t help but be on cloud nine when you pay a visit to this ‘floating’ restaurant! La Barca Cantina boasts the honor of being New York City’s first floating restaurant. Prepare for a fun evening of indulging in some street-style tacos while on a yacht featuring panoramic views of the Hudson River. Pro tip: book a pass to dine and go sailing at primetime to capture you and your friends cheers’ing at sunset.

5. The Honorable William Wall

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The Honorable William Wall is a floating clubhouse located in the New York Harbor, just south of the Statue of Liberty. The boat bar is widely regarded as one of the most unique and exclusive bars in the city. The bar is located on a floating barge that is anchored in the New York Harbor, offering stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Due to its location, the bar can only be accessed by boat, making it a highly exclusive destination. The Honorable William Wall’s menu features a variety of cocktails, wine, and beer, as well as a small selection of food items.

6. Pilot

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Pilot is a historic wooden schooner located on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6. Pilot’s menu features a variety of seafood dishes, as well as a carefully curated selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. From their downtown Brooklyn location, the boat bar also boasts perfectly unobstructed views of lower Manhattan.

7. The Clipper City

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The Clipper City is a historic sailing ship that offers sightseeing tours and private events. During the summer months, the boat is transformed into a bar that serves a variety of drinks and snacks while sailing around the harbor. Some of the popular tour options include: Sunset Sail, Jazz Cruise, Afternoon Sail, and the Lobster & Craft Beer Sail.

8. The Baylander

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The Baylander is a decommissioned naval vessel that was used by the US Navy during the Vietnam War. The vessel has been transformed into a vibrant and lively bar and restaurant, with outdoor seating areas and stunning waterfront views. The boat also features a bar that serves a variety of drinks and snacks while offering views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River.

9. Bateaux

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For a more upscale boat dining experience, make a reservation for the The Bateaux which departs from Chelsea Piers. The boat will cruise for dinner along the Hudson and East Rivers, boasting iconic views from the glass-enclosed deck. Inspired by European design of river cruises, this makes the perfect special occasion on the water.

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