(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

They say hope floats, and while we were never quite sure what that movie title meant, we can say for certain that some of the best bars in New York City float. And if you were hoping they’d reopen, you’re in luck.

Grand Banks
Pier 25, Hudson River Park
This oyster bar docked in Tribeca might be the city’s classiest floating bar, as it’s located aboard a handsome 1940s fishing schooner that makes you feel like you’re chilling in some tony harbor in Connecticut with a sweater knotted over your shoulders. Cocktail season started this past Saturday, though the acclaimed lobster roll and other food won’t return until May 1. In the meantime, enjoy a rum-drenched Permanent Vacation or a good ol’ Dark and Stormy.


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And we’re open…

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Sun’s out, ’s out #openingday2019

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Pier 66 Maritime
West 26th St & West Side Highway in Hudson River Park; open daily noon to midnight.
The grandaddy of them all has quietly reopened for the season, though table service won’t resume until “closer to Memorial Day.” This is a good time to get over to the barge where the historic lightship Frying Pan is docked, because it gets insanely crowded in the summer. Avoid the long lines that will come later, grab a sangria or a bucket of beer, and enjoy the view of the Jersey skyline from atop the barge’s raised deck.

Brooklyn Barge
Entry via the path between the two warehouses at the intersection of West and Milton Streets; opens in May.
With luxury high-rises opening in Greenpoint, Brooklyn’s equivalent of the Frying Pan will only get more crowded. So, yeah, enjoy the waterside chill while it lasts. The barge is set to spring back into action on May 1, and just got new picnic tables for landlubbers who prefer to munch on burgers on its shore. The whole operation is just a couple of blocks from the India Street ferry stop, should you want to get your drinking started abroad your ride there.


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Our sister ship @grandbanksnyc opened yesterday. We’re next!

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Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park; opens in May.
The sister ship of the Grand Banks– an equally elegant 1920s racing vessel– doesn’t open till May, but keep it in mind for when the weather warms. It’s a great place to slurp oysters and rosé after some rounds of beach volleyball in Brooklyn Bridge Park.