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Best NYC Boats for Skyline Drinks

May 19, 2017 - by Chelsey Grasso
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Want to know the best way to enjoy the New York City skyline in all its towering glory? From the water, of course! To make it even better, take in the views with a drink in your hand and the breeze in your face aboard one of these five booze-fueled NYC cruises.

Best of NYC Cruise Drinks: Spirit Cruises

Spirit Cruises offers Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, and Holiday cruises where you can order a la carte drinks including domestic and imported beers; red, white, or sparkling wines; and hand-crafted signature cocktails mixed with top-shelf liquors. Groups can also opt for a bar upgrade which will provide unlimited liquor, wine, bottled beer, and champagne. Departing from both Manhattan and Lincoln Harbor, New Jersey, Spirit Cruises run from 2 to 3 hours along the Hudson and East Rivers. Pier 62, Chelsea Piers, 866-433-9283,

Best of NYC Cruise Drinks: New York Booze Cruise

Booze Cruise has it all, including a “Tuesday Afterwork” cruise for $25 ($75 for open bar), a “Thursday Night” cruise for $25 ($75 for open bar), a “Friday Night Party Cruise” for $45, and “Saturday Cruises” for $45. The company has a flock of party boats and yachts that host a bar, a buffet, and even a DJ to get the party started. You can charter your own private cruise if you’re planning a special event or join in on one of their scheduled parties. Skyport Marina, E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr., 646-397-7327,

Best of NYC Cruise Drinks: Rocks Off Cruises


Not only will you find fully loaded bars aboard Rocks Off’s many cruise ships (there are 10 to choose between!), but you’ll also get to enjoy a show while you take in the city’s breathtaking skyline. Upcoming shows include Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, and Sublime tribute bands, while you’ll find an 80’s tribute night and even an all metal tribute to The Bee Gees on the upcoming agenda as well. Multiple locations, 866-468-7619,

Best of NYC Cruise Drinks: After Work Cruises

From the Tuesday Night After Work Cruise and the Thursday Night Sunset After Work Cruise to the Friday Night Happy Hour Cruise and Thursday Night Rock the Yacht Party Cruise, there are a handful of booze-fueled rides to choose between from After Work Cruises. All food and drinks are included in the admissions price, and open bar packages are available for specific events. Start your epic weekend off right by hopping aboard one of these 21 and older cruises. 341 W. 38th St., 866-261-9330,

Best of NYC Cruise Drinks: Freedom Cruises

Enjoy the refreshment bar aboard the Pink Lady, which serves up delicious frozen cocktails, mixed drinks, and beers during its cruises. Three hour tours are open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays (beginning at 1:30pm), taking riders on a tour around Brooklyn to see the Statue of Liberty and the New York harbor. NY Harbor Tours are occurring from Memorial Day to Labor Day, so book your tickets soon before they all sell out for the season! Pier 7, 2100 Emmons Ave., 917-650-3212, 

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