The Best Way To Booze Cruise In NYC

It can be very easy to forget that Manhattan is an island (and that, of the five boroughs, only the Bronx is attached to the mainland). Unless you live (or find yourself strolling) by the water front, entire months can easily be spent securely locked in the middle of the city.

So if you haven't gotten in touch with NYC's maritime side, summer is the perfect time to acquaint yourself. While there are a number of tours targeted at tourists, our favorite way to take in the skyline is with a cocktail in our hands. While the term "booze cruise" may bring to mind being trapped on a boat with flat beer and watery well drinks, thankfully, there are plenty of options that offer a tipsy sailing befitting the gorgeous scenery.

Ahead, heres how to hit the water in style.

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Manhattan By Sail
If you want to set sail, literally, hop aboard one of Manhattan By Sail's boats. On the Clipper City, dating back to the Civil War, you can enjoy lobster and beer sails, as well as weekly jazz concerts on the water. On its other boat, Shearwater, you can book a two-hour brunch sail with unlimited champagne and pastries. Nothing takes away a hangover like a mimosa enjoyed in the brisk winds on open water.

Ships depart from North Cove Marian at Brookfield Place and Slip 2 at Battery Park. Tickets and schedules.
Narwhal Yacht Charters
If you really want to get away from the crowds, you're going to have to book your own boat. Narwhal Yacht Charters allows you and up to six friends to cruise around NYC on a private yacht. The captain, Eric Puleio, provides snacks, sandwiches, and sodas, and you can BYO your favorite beer, wine, or liquor aboard. It's not cheap (prices start at $140), but you will get a one-of-a-kind experience without worrying about having to jockey strangers for the perfect 'gram of the Statue of Liberty.

Morning, day, and sunset sailings available. Book a sail.
Photo: Courtesy of Classic Harbor Line.
Classic Harbor Line
Classic Harbor Line offers a variety of regular, seasonal, and holiday cruises in and around NYC on both small sail boats and larger ships. You can choose not only from evening cruises with champagne and brunch cruises that circle Manhattan, there are also sunset sake and sushi cruises, fireworks sailings around the Fourth, and day trips up the Hudson. If you're really looking to get away from it all, a monthly sailing up to Poughkeepsie features all-you-can-drink brunch with freshly made waffles.

Ships depart from Pier 62 in Chelsea. Tickets and full schedule.
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Circle Line Cruise
Circle Line's cruises are suited to a variety of attention spans, from a thirty-minute speedboat to a nine hour cruise to the Hudson Valley. Most of those cruises also sell food and snacks, including wine and beer, while onboard. But if you're really looking to enjoy a drink (or three) while sailing, the weekly happy hour cruise is the best ticket (literally). For $75, you get an open bar, as well as sunset views of the Hudson, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge, and unlimited beer and wine on board.

Circle Line Cruises depart at various locations around Manhattan, Happy Hour cruises depart from Pier 83 on Thursdays at 7:30pm. Tickets and schedules.
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Hornblower Cruises
If you're looking for a few glasses of bubbly, maybe accompanied by a multi-course dinner or some light jazz, Hornblower has you covered. If you're looking for a cruise that doubles as a club on water, Hornblower has you covered for that, too. During the week, you can take advantage of the Alive After Five sailing, starting at $32.15. You can upgrade to unlimited drinks for $70. On the weekends, the Rock The Yacht! cruise offers the same deals with later hours. (You'll be on the water from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.)

Hornblower Cruises depart from Pier 15 off South Street. Alive After Five and Rock The Yacht! Are 21+. Schedule and tickets.
Photo: courtesy of Hudson's.
Hudson's at Pier 81
Hudson's offers both a seated dinner and an open bar experience on its two-hour sunset cruises, most nights throughout the summer. The open bar experience allows you to enjoy 360 degree views of the Manhattan skyline and statue of liberty on the boat's rooftop deck, while indoor seating on white table clothe offers a more sophisticated experience. Whichever you choose, you'l have ample time stroll on the deck and enjoy the views as you sail (and snap a few selfies too, of course).

Dinner and bar cruises depart at 6:30 p.m. from Pier 81 most days throughout the summer. Schedule and tickets.
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Staten Island Ferry
Okay, hear us out: if you're looking to enjoy the sunset in NYC with a beer in hand on the cheap, it's hard to beat the Staten Island Ferry. It's completely free to ride (discounted from the previous high, high price of 25¢), and, once on board, you can buy beer from the concession stand. The ride each way lasts 25 minutes, making it just over a 50 min round-trip (you will have to disembark and re-board a new ferry once you get to Staten Island). If you want to postpone heading right back, Enoteca Maria is a short walk away from the Staten Island terminal and offers up nightly specialities from a rotating list of grandmothers cooking up cuisine from around the world.

Ferries depart every half-hour from the Whitehall Terminal. Schedule and more information.