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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Xo,

Alicia