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Day drinking in NYC: Grand Banks, Brooklyn Barge, other top spots

The sun is shining, the trees are in bloom and the last way you want to spend your day is cooped up indoors drinking coffee, counting down the minutes until you can be sipping a frozen margarita on a rooftop.

Take a sick day, a summer Friday or a much-deserved staycation and spend the sunny day drinking outdoors at one of these seasonal spots ready to serve you something strong and fruity long before 5 o’clock happy hour.


The Beach at Dream Downtown

The Beach at Dream Hotel Downtown on West
Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner

If you can’t make it all the way out to Rockaway, you can still cool off by the “beach” at this Manhattan rooftop pop-up. Order a fresh pineapple or watermelon fruit keg or a frozen boozy slushie and make the most of your day pass while you sunbathe your way to weekday bliss. Day pass $65, Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 355 W. 16th St., 212-229-2336,


Photo Credit: Tanya Maithai

Eataly’s rooftop Italian seaside-inspired getaway returns with cabanas, tasty seafood, and a seemingly endless European drink menu featuring everything from a frozen negroni to a spritz bar to a $20 rose flight to beachy beer cocktails and beyond. Open now throughout the summer starting at 11:30 a.m. daily; 200 Fifth Ave., 212-937-8910,

Grand Banks

Grand Banks photo from Grand Banks for 6/2/15
Photo Credit: Grand Banks

This floating oyster bar is a sunny summer day staple. Chase icy, nautical-themed cocktails with freshly shucked oysters aboard the historic fishing schooner, now perfect for day drinking. Open for the summer starting at 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, noon Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. on weekends; Hudson River Park’s Pier 25, 212-960-3390,

Franklin Park

Franklin Park
Photo Credit: Facebook/Franklin Park

This indoor-outdoor beer garden offers a day drinking refuge for any type of weather, and any type of imbiber. Opt for a craft beer or cider on tap or get fancy with a spiked milkshake or beer float. If all that drinking makes you hungry, burgers, chili dogs and a skillet of mac and cheese are all awaiting your order. Open from 3 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. weekends; 618 St. John’s Place, Crown Heights, 718-230-0293,

The Brooklyn Barge

The Brooklyn Barge
Photo Credit: Jason Burke

Back for its second summer, this floating barge offers stellar views across the East River and a river’s worth of cocktails to keep your day drinking exciting. And when you get hungry, a variety of tacos, sandwiches and finger foods will sustain you for that next round of day drinking you know you deserve. Open from 4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, from 11 a.m. Wednesday-Sunday; 3 Milton St., Greenpoint, 929-337-7212,

LIC Landing

LIC Landing
Photo Credit: LIC Landing

Bring a blanket, book or board game to Gantry Plaza State Park, where you can legally drink sangria, wine and beer sold at the ferry stop at the edge of the spacious green. Public bathrooms and shaded areas make it easy to stay here all day. Open from 7 a.m. daily; 52 Center Blvd., Long Island City, 347-706-4696 ext. 3,

Red Hook Winery

The 2014 Chardonnay from Red Hook Winery, made
Photo Credit: Newsday/Corin Hirsch

A day trip to the Finger Lakes may not be feasible, but a quick ferry or taxi to Red Hook is easy enough. Head to this winery, which uses grapes exclusively from New York, for a tasting by the water and some cheese to pair perfectly with the seaside breeze. Open daily from noon-6 p.m.; Pier 41, 325A, 175-204 Van Dyke St., Red Hook, 347-689-2432,

The Bonnie

The Bonnie
Photo Credit: Oleg March

It’s cocktails and bar snacks galore in The Bonnie’s backyard come summer. Share a pitcher of garden sangria or summer shandy (enhanced with ginger beer, grapefruit and Earl Grey tea) as you lounge on a picnic bench and snack on chorizo corn dogs and sesame bourbon chicken wings. Open from 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from noon Friday and from 10 a.m. weekends; 29-12 23rd Ave., Astoria, 718-274-2105,


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