With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, plenty of New Yorkers are letting themselves go outside and walk around. Even if few New Yorkers want to take the day off to go to Coney Island just yet, and much of New York’s waterways are much too dirty to want to swim, there are still ways to enjoy New York’s waterfront during this weather, namely the floating bars, whether they’re barges or actual boats, surrounding the boroughs of New York. Here are a few of them:
The Brooklyn Barge: Located right next to Transmitter Park, easily one of my favorite parks in Brooklyn, this 80×30-foot barge features a full bar, as well as a “land” area with picnic table-style eating. Beyond drinking, the barge offers scuba and sailing classes, vessel tours and paddle boarding.
The Crow’s Nest: Located in that part of Murray Hill beyond where the clubs are, the Crow’s Nest offers one of the few reasons to explore that part of the city. Looking over the Manhattan skyline on one side and the Queens and Brooklyn skylines on another, it features burgers, a raw-bar and cocktails.
North River Lobster Company: Red Hook Lobster Pound and Luke’s Lobster are both delicious, but none of their locations are on a boat. That’s where North River Lobster Company comes in. This boat lets you sail around the city for just $10 while offering both beer and lobster rolls.
Grand Banks: Modern Tribeca is a swanky neighborhood with high heels, higher prices and even higher rents, but at the same time you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for that Tribeca experience, but on a boat, then visit Grand Banks, docked at Tribeca’s Pier 25. It’s like a nautical tribeca, with classy cocktails and oysters.
Frying Pan: After a Coast Guard lightship sunk off the coast of Maryland, it found a second life after being salvaged and turned into the Frying Pan, one of the most famous boat bars in New York. With its vibrant bar and great atmosphere, it’s a place that stands out.
Willy Wall: Willy Wall is considered by many to be one of New York City’s great summer secrets, but it requires effort to get to. It’s so far out, that you can’t even get there by subway; rather, you need to pay for a ferry ticket to take out there. On the plus side, this means it’s less likely to be crowded.