The Best NYC Day Drinking Spots (For When You're Too Tired To Nightclub)

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New York is a city that never sleeps, filled with nights that never end. Unfortunately, once aging past our early post-grad years, it turns out most of us actually do need sleep and self-enforced bedtimes for nights on the town. (Mom, you were right: nothing good happens after midnight.) But just because our energy levels may no longer make it past 8 p.m. doesn't mean we have to get off the NYC party train altogether. Instead, this summer, we're going to channel our inner Floridian grandma and make the transition to day drinks, swapping out the nightclub for the surf club.
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Day drinking — not to be confused with the more collegiate "darty" (daytime party) — consists of boozy beverages that are consumed during light hours in festive surroundings. With all the warm weekends on the horizon, we've mapped out the top spots in NYC to share cocktails, sunshine, and good times well before our Cinderella-esque, coach-into-a-pumpkin curfews. The ahead spots include, but are not limited to: breezy outdoor oases, floating barges, sailboats, rooftop vineyards, culture-rich museums, and even that aforementioned surf club (DJ still present, for good measure).
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Brooklyn Crab
It's just like visiting a rustic crab shack on the shores of Maryland — only instead, you're on the shores of Red Hook with a bunch of Brooklynites, overlooking Lady Liberty from a multi-deck crab emporium. Brooklyn Crab is great for groups looking for day drinks complete with crustaceans, mini golf, cornhole, and transplanted sand floors.

Brooklyn Crab, 24 Reed Street, Red Hook; 718-643-2722.
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City Vineyard
Although not an actual vineyard, this classy spot nestled downtown on the Hudson River offers an expansive interior and scenic roof deck where Manhattanites seeking wine and sunshine can swirl and sip their Sauvignon Blancs all summer long — cheese and charcuterie pairings optional, but highly encouraged.

City Vineyard, 233 West Street (at Pier 26); 646-677-8350.
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Pilot
From the owners of Grand Banks, Pilot in Brooklyn offers nearly identical chic sailboat vibes minus the crazy crowds (for now) and adds a dramatic view of downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. For day-drinkers looking to set sail without leaving port, this boat has you covered.

Pilot, Pier 6 (at Bridge Park Drive); 917-810-8550.
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Brooklyn Barge
Not a boat, but a barge — this hip Greenpoint hangout is best for drink-seekers who don't have sea legs, but still love that waterfront atmosphere. Come with your crew to enjoy cocktails, gastropub fare, and city views parked atop one of the floating picnic tables.

Brooklyn Barge, 3 Milton Street (at West Street); 929-337-7212.
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Lolo's Seafood Shack
Lolo's is a New England-meets-Caribbean seafood shack located in a Harlem backyard. With casual counter service and painted picnic tables, grabbing daytime drinks and seriously tasty grub is an easy and festive guarantee.

Lolo's Seafood Shack, 303 W. 116th Street (between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue); 646-649-3356.
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Habana Outpost
How cool is Habana Outpost in Clinton Hill? Rainbow sun-brella, plastic folding chair, string lights, and Biggie Smalls mural level cool. This counter service-style Mexican eatery is owned by the crew behind Manhattan's Café Habana, and boasts a large outdoor patio space plus a slushy machine that churns out impressive frozen cocktails.

Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton Street (at S. Portland Avenue); 718-858-9500.
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The Met Roof Garden Café & Martini Bar
This rooftop is for those seeking drinks with a side of culture. Make a full day out of your Met excursion by visiting the galleries below before heading up to the garden café, where you can sip cocktails at the martini bar while surveying sculptures and skyscrapers.

The Met, 1000 5th Avenue (at East 82nd Street); 212-535-7710.
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The Springs
This hot new Greenpoint spot is an essential for people seeking to let loose in a cool, Palm Springs-inspired atmosphere. The indoor-meets-outdoor space has a classic, clean, and colorful 1950s vibe, and so do the cocktails. Drinks like Desert Spring, Lawn Flamingo, and Date Night At The Drive In are just a few of the highlights.

The Springs Brooklyn, 224 Franklin Street (at Green Street); 347-227-7114.
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Rockaway Beach Surf Club
An easy subway hop or ferry ride from Manhattan holds the power to transport you from frenzied nightclub scene to chill surf club vibes in just an hour's time. This beachy bar and restaurant is tucked away on a side street in the Far Rockaways, making all your frozen margarita, fresh fish taco, and DJ-spinning, summer day-drinking dreams come true.

Rockaway Beach Surf Club, 302 Beach 87th Street (at Rockaway Freeway).
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Island Oyster
While most of us have spent our NYC existences thinking that Governors Island is just a no man's land of music festivals, the masterminds behind Pilot and Grand Banks have proven us all wrong. A short ferry trip from Manhattan, this on-land restaurant and bar serves seafood, cocktails, and skyline views. A walk or ride around the car-free island's scenic bike route after you've had your fill is highly encouraged.

Island Oyster, 146 Carder Road (on Governors Island); 917-268-0200.
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