10 Best Boats to Drink Aboard This Summer in NYC | spoiled NYC

What's a better way to welcome in the summer sunshine and say adieu to spring weather than by partying aboard the water? 

Nothing. Nothing is better. 

Just because we're all peasants who don't own our own boat doesn't mean we can't get in on the action of drinking aboard one. 

So get out your phones, grab a few buds, and get ready for weekends on the water!

Here's the ultimate guide to drinking on a boat this summer. 

spoiled NYC’s 4th of July Weekend Sunset Cruise (Pier 81 - West 41st Street) 


How does a vodka open bar courtesy of 50 Bleu Vodka, free beer and wine, passed h’ordeuvres, three hours of dancing, and breathtaking views courtesy of World Yacht’s absolute beaut, Duchess, sound for a 4th of July Party?

Pretty damn good, right? Join us for our July 4th Weekend Sunset Booze Cruise and this dream can become a reality.


It’s all going down Sunday, July 3rd, 6:30 p.m., at Pier 81, located at West 41st Street & the West Side Highway– come hell, high water, rain, or shine– and the party won’t stop until at least 9:30 p.m. That’s three, count ‘em three, hours of madness.

Seriously, what could be a better place to see the fireworks than a gorgeous yacht on the Hudson River-- while not paying an arm and a leg for all of the other waterfront events going down the day after? Get your Sunday Funday tickets right here!

Grand Banks (Pier 25 - Hudson River Park)

Ever wish you could go back to the 18th or 19th centuries to experience the floating oyster barges of the time? 

Instead of developing a time machine, simply head to Pier 25 to board the Grand Banks for a good old fashion oyster meal along the water. 

North River Lobster Company (Pier 81 - West 41st Street)


Want to hit the largest floating lobster shack in NYC? Check out the North River Lobster Company docked at Pier 81. 

Better yet, they're opening this weekend! Get outside and catch some summer rays this weekend as you down a bucket of beers in the warm sunlight. 

The Water Table (10 India Street - Brooklyn)

Think tavern... on the water. It's a floating, New England style tavern where you can dine in the comfort of a temperature controlled indoor cabin as you sail through the New York Harbor. 


Chow down on New England Clam chowder or go for the old favorite: the New England Seafood Boil for a rustic, yet elegant good time on the Hudson. 

New York Booze Cruise (The Skyport Marina - East 23rd Street)

Time for a party? New York Booze Cruise is throwing down every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights beginning in May. 

You'll be able to drink your favorite booze while gliding near the city's landmarks. Just be ready to party, because these boats are not for the faint of heart. 


The Frying Pan (Pier 66 - West 26th Street)


Want to grab a meal on a beautiful historic boat that was built in 1929? 

Head to Pier 66 for a meal on the Frying Pan, docked in the Hudson River Park. 

Though their regular season opens from May 1 at 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., it will be open whenever the weather is above 65˚F. 

Ventura Sails (North Cove Marina)


Trying to go with the flow? 

Check out Ventura Sails' Friday night sunset sails, which is a BYOB open to the public every weekend. 

How about a Saturday or Sunday afternoon & sunset sails for a bit some day drinking craft brews on the water? 

Looking for something a bit more private? 

Charter the boat for an unforgettable celebration charter the boat for a group and drink the day while lazing along to the soft sway of the river. 

Spirit of New York (Chelsea Pier)


If you want to see the Manhattan skyline from a uniquely different perspective, check it out at night aboard the Spirit of New York cruises. 

Their Sparkling NYC Skyline Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to dance, drink, and eat the night away on the Hudson... just make sure to take int he breathtaking views of Manhattan and Lady Liberty!

Manhattan By Sail (Various Locations)

Want to learn about wine on the high seas? How about end your work week with an hour long happy hour sail with drinks as low as $3 each? Check out Manhattan By Sail's fleet of sailboats gliding through the Hudson river.


C'mon how much more sophisticated can you get? How about a champagne brunch? They've got one every Sunday for a two hour buffet and open champagne bar. Yes, please!

Brooklyn Barge Bar (97 West Street - Brooklyn) 

Opening for the season on May 1, the Brooklyn Barge Bar is everything you'd expect of a floating bar in Brooklyn.

It'll be serving your favorite drinks or brews, so get ready for some waterside drinking and some tasty bites as you float along the East River.