Vacation: the ever elusive dream that our bank accounts and 9-5's simply won't allow.
Thus, we are resigned to scrolling through other people's tropical adventures on our Instagram feed, knowing full well that they are probably not having as much fun as they appear to be but being jealous nonetheless.
But do not fear, for there is hope for our unfulfilled summer wishes.
Luckily, there is no shortage of beach-y bars right in New York City that will take you from concrete jungle to actual jungle as soon as you step through the door.
It's the perfect way to get away from the daily grind, without breaking the bank.
Read on to discover all of the dreamy, nautical spots to hit up this summer in NYC.
1. Marina Cafe (154 Mansion Avenue - Staten Island)
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The journey to Staten Island is worth it for the gorgeous views-- we promise.
The Marina Cafe will straight up make you feel like you're on vacation. The restaurant overlooks the Great Kills Harbor, and offers delightful tropical drinks in addition to some amazing seafood.
2. Surf Bar (139 North 6th Street - Brooklyn)
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There's a good chance that a visit here will make you forget you're in Williamsburg. Surf Bar not only has some of the best shrimp tacos and Mai Tais, they also have dope beach themed decor, including actual SAND lining the floor.
This, along with the palm trees and wooden picnic tables, make for a super laid back atmosphere and brief escape from city life.
3. DRAM (177 South 4th Street - Brooklyn)
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If you're looking for a cozy, tropical hideaway right in your own city, look no further than DRAM.
The place is small, so is ideal for parties of 4 or fewer, but what it lacks in space it makes up for in ambiance.
Wood paneling, cozy lighting, and a kayak hanging above the bar create the perfect setting to enjoy one of their signature cocktails.
And these drinks pack a punch. We recommend the "Some Velvet Morning": pineapple rum, coffee liqueur, lime, orgeat, orange liqueur. YUM.