Drinks on Deck
by Colleen Clark and Alyssa Grossman, 05/09/2012
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
Pier 66 (Hudson River and West 26th Street), 212-989-6363, Chelsea
This 1929 lightship spent three years at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay before being resurrected as the ultimate floating bar. The ship was transported up to New York, where it joined forces with a historic barge that used to carry railroad cars from the City over to New Jersey. Now, both vessels are docked on a pier in the Hudson. If you're shy about your hedonism, you can tell people you're there to take in a bit of New York maritime history, but here's the real draw: cheap beer and Technicolor sunset views. The mismatched nautical decor and labyrinth of plastic chairs and tables suit the laid-back, come-as-you-are vibe. And on deck you'll find one of the City's more diverse cast of characters—everyone from college kids swilling Long Island iced teas to male-model types and corporate suits throwing back happy-hour brews.