The best place to get trashed this summer in NYC is obvious: On a booze cruise! NYC has plenty of boat parties equipped with a full bar, great food and music to keep you entertained on the water. So grab your tickets, hit the pier and prepare to get drunk! As you know, New York has no shortage of places to drink outside, so make sure to check out our favorite outdoor dining spots, rooftop bars and boat bars for sipping cocktails in the open-air.
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Best boat parties in NYC
Hot Latin Moonlight Cruise
The only thing more fun than dancing in da a club is strutting your stuff on a boat. So get your best Shakira impression ready and step aboard the four-bar, bi-level Spirit of New York to shake your rump in the moonlight. Spirit Cruises has teamed up with Latin Dance company, Piel Canela to offer a sizzling mix of Bachata, Salsa and Merengue hits. The ship’s tempting Skyline Buffet is piled high with tasty bites while the cash bars and creative cocktails give you the liquid courage to hit the dancefloor. Spirit Cruises. Various dates at midnight; from $21.90.
Rock the Yacht! Cruise
Party for three hours straight with Hornblower Cruises. Thursday through Saturday nights, graze the onboard buffet of items such as mini potato knishes and Italian cold cuts as you fuel up for an evening of dancing to a DJ-curated mix of pop hits and throwbacks. Don’t forget to grab an artisan cocktail at the premium open bar. Hornblower Cruises. Thursdays and Saturdays 9pm–midnight; $25–$85.
Rocks Off Concert Cruises
It sometimes feels as though all of New York is a concert venue, with summertime jams taking place in public parks, on street corners and in by-invitation-only basements. Rocks Off Concert Cruises takes that concept to the open water, hosting cover bands and local acts aboard its yachts the Nautical Empress and the Jewel. Rock steady with acts like Pink Talking Fish (Jul 8), The Sons & Heirs: A Tribute to The Smiths & Morrissey (Jul 22) and Great Good Fine Ok (Aug 26). Cash bar on board. Rocks Off. Check website for dates, times and ticket prices.
Quiet Clubbing Party Cruise
Quiet Clubbing and CircleLive Summer Music Series have joined forces to create a rockin’ boat bash that allows you to party next to Lady Liberty and under the Brooklyn Bridge. Note: This is not your normal booze cruise. You can bust a move without bursting your eardrums because you control the volume and style of music you're dancing to. You’ll put on a special set of wireless headphones, choose from three different DJs—each plays a different genre like hip-hop or Top 40—and start stomping. The Circle Line cruise offers two bars and a massive outdoor top deck and an indoor dance floor, so you’ll have plenty of room to groove. Quiet Events. Jul 31 5-9pm; Sept 16 8pm–midnight; Free–$40.
The Revel Yacht Experience
Party like a baller on a budget on this multi-million-dollar yacht (yeah, you read that right) for a little over a Benjamin on Friday, May 19. The Ultimate Hybrid yacht experience is bursting with frills like a chef-catered hot buffet, drinks specials and a sick DJ cover the best hits. Put your dancing pants on and head to Pier 15 promptly at 8pm—the yacht sets sail at 9pm sharp. Get tickets here. May 19 at 8pm; $80–$205.
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New York Harbor Evening Sail with Live Jazz
If you’d rather sip cocktails than toss back shots at some packed nightclub, you’ll want to check out this sophisticated cruise. Board the Clipper City schooner to spend two hours jiving to the sounds of live jazz quartet and taking in spectacular views of New York Harbor. You can even bring your own picnic to enjoy with drinks from the top-shelf bar. Manhattan by Sail. Wednesdays 9:45–11pm; $69.
Circle Line: Summer Happy Hour Cruise with Open Bar
After being cooped up in the office all day, getting out onto the Hudson River for a Circle Line happy hour cruise feels unbelievably good. No trendy bar can compare to the incredible views from the upper deck of this boat—plus, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal. One $49 ticket includes all the beer and wine you can drink, while an extra $10 will get you access to all the ship’s spirits. Circle Line. Thursdays 6:30–9:30pm; $49–$59.
New York City Burlesque Sail
No DJ or live band here: The entertainment on these night cruises comes from burlesque troupe Dances of Vice. Each cruise has a different theme—think 1920’s Deco, 1940’s Summer Swing and 1970’s Disco—that you’ll see reflected in both the performances and drink specials. Leave your inhibitions behind at the dock for a night you’ll never forget. Manhattan by Sail. Various dates and times; $59.