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Best Outdoor Drinking

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Secret patios be damned — the best way to drink outdoors in this city is to head for the water and board a boat; four of the five boroughs are on an island, after all! Floating bars have seen an uptick in the last year, but the best place to drink is aboard the Honorable William Wall, a barge anchored in New York Harbor that serves as the clubhouse for the Manhattan Sailing Club. This boat caps the number of people imbibing, making it a nice stop for a mellow evening with a good view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Access the party by booking yourself a ticket on the Admiral’s Launch, which gets you a boat ride from North Cove Marina’s Dock F out to the floating bar. Cheap drinks and an open-air deck await you, though you’ll want to bring your own picnic provisions.

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