New York: Soaking Up Every Bit of Summer in the City before it Ends: 7 Water Front Bars in Manhattan

Most New Yorkers flood out of the city to all the tropical beaches for vacation during summer time, but not all of us want to leave the city for summer – after all, there is so much to do and see in the city, too! I have been going upstate New York to work on my new project every weekend, I haven’t been able to do my share of beachy summer activities, I thought I should definitely find something summery to do to catch up before summer ends.

It’s easy to forget that among the massive buildings, the bustling, not-sand-covered streets, and the occasional unbearable heat wave, NYC is actually a coastal city. There are a lot of water-front bars in the city for people who wants enjoy some views instead of staring at the building right next to the office. I was reading a list of the best bars on the water from Thrillist,  we shortened it and just picked the ones in Manhattan, since it’s more within our reach:

1. North River Lobster Company
Provided you don’t get easily seasick (because this boat does leave port), this is the ideal way to get boozy and full of lobster on a sunny afternoon. It’s got beer, cocktails, lobster rolls, full lobsters, and all manner of other good stuff you need to make your Summer complete.


Address: Peir 81, West 41st Street, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 630 – 8831

2. Frying Pan
Lightship Frying Pan is a historic vessel permanently docked at pier 66 Maritime within the Hudson River Park. This is probably what comes to mind for a lot of people when we mention a waterfront bar in NYC, and rightfully so. Despite the fact that it can get crazy-packed, it’s still a standard bearer for drinking with aquatic proximity.


Address: Pier 66 @ West 26th Street in Hudson River Park
Phone: (212) 989 – 6363

3. The Crow’s Nest
Perched on the roof of The Water Club with a slightly-more-refined Frying Pan vibe, this yacht-y spot has great East River views to go along with buckets of beer, pitchers of sangria, and spiked lemonades.


Address: The East River between 28th and 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 683 – 3333

4. Watermark Bar

This Seaport bar sets itself apart from boring-ass landlocked bars with amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge, an actual park on top of it, lobster rolls, and parties like the Fifth Annual Nolafunk Summer Jazzfest.


Address: 78 South Street, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 742 – 8200

5. Boat Basin Café
Thanks to its sunken position below street level, this beauty can occasionally feel like you’re not even in NYC. Grab a bunch of beers, a frozen cocktail, and a burger, then post up near the water or in the raised courtyard in the middle.


Address: West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 496-5542

6. Grand Banks
Yet another Hudson River boat bar makes the list — this one being a little smaller, a little more refined, and a little more Downtown than the other two, complete with prime Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty viewing opportunities and a focus on cocktails and oysters.


Address: Pier 25, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 960 – 3390

7. Honorable William Wall

This is probably going to be the one that wins out the rest of the bar, since it’s not just a plain old water-front bar, this is literally a clubhouse on the water in the middle of the river. We like it so much that we have a whole post about it here.


Now put shut down your computer, put down your iPad and iPhone…. Time to pick up that beer and enjoy some of the weather before the summer ends.