A Drink With A View: NYC’s Best Bars On The Water

A drink with a view? Yes, please. When you can find a place in New York to sip a beer outside, gaze at the skyline on the rivers, and not pay $4,000+ rent for it – you hold on to that seat for dear life. Here are NYC’s best bars on the water.

The Frying Pan: this former lightship, now anchored by Chelsea Piers at Pier 66a, is a true "dive" bar, having spent years shipwrecked at the bottom of Chesapeake Bay. Resting right on the Hudson River, Frying Pan grants you crisp beers and cocktails, and some One World Trade Center, Empire State, and Hoboken eye-candy. 

Watermark Bar: new and just-opened, this bar on Pier 15 at South Street Seaport comes equipped with frothy strawberry margaritas, Vermont-cheddar bacon cheeseburgers, and a view of the crystalline-lit Brooklyn Bridge and East River. It’s a backdrop for falling in love, so enter with caution.

STK Rooftop: Do you like lobster rolls and Hudson River sunset views? At the Meatpacking’s most in-demand rooftop at the top of its sexy steakhouse, you get watermelon cucumber cocktails, and a view of the Hudson, the majestic Standard Hotel, and the cobblestone, stiletto-ridden streets below. 

Boat Basin Café: This circular bar on the Upper West Side is like a Shakespearean theatre-in the-round, offering stone, vaulted walls and ceilings, a fountain, and a far-off look at the George Washington Bridge on the stone terrace.

Beekman Beer GardenOh, for heaven’s sake. A bar in South Street Seaport with an actual floor of sand, white couches, ping-pong, and an up-close view of the Brooklyn Bridge? Let’s stay the night.

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Bacon Burgers & East River Views: Watermark Bar Opens, Unofficial Summer Begins

With a frothy strawberry margarita in one hand, a bacon-Vermont cheddar cheeseburger in the other, and your eyes fixated on the crystalline-lit Brooklyn Bridge and East River, one thing is clear: Watermark Bar is now open, and summer may commence. OK, so we haven’t yet made it to the June 21st-summer solstice, but we can sure act like we have.

Watermark’s opening on Pier 15 at South Street Seaport triggers the beginning of several different sensory experiences:

  • One glance across the 3,500-square-feet of waterfront cherry-red bar stools and boats sailing across the river – and it hits you that oh my gosh you actually live in this city.
  • The seamless transition from Magic Hat beer to a creamy chocolate, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cone thanks to the neighboring Cones Café.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows separating the indoor/outdoor options allow for maximum suntanning and cover from those sunny summer rains.
  • Debating moving to Brooklyn after drinking four-too-many watermelon cocktails while gazing at the Brooklyn Bridge and majestic Dumbo… but then realizing you don’t like kale.
  • Spicy Buffalo chicken fingers.

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