That beautiful idyllic sunset that seems to have been taken from the water, in fact, was. Better yet, from a bar in the water. Yes, a floating bar in the Hudson River.

New York City is renowned for its restaurants, bars, and nightlife. Each distinct neighborhood across the boroughs sporting different trends—farm to table lovers, cocktail aficionados, winos, 19th-century pubs. You name it, we got it.

It’s possible for those unaffected by Thalassophobia may concur that this bar floating in our waterways, might be the coolest the city has to offer.

The “Honorable William Wallor Willy Wall is the floating clubhouse of the Manhattan Sailing Club, all part of the Manhattan Yacht Club. The bar is anchored in New York Harbor, just north of Ellis Island in May through October.

I sipped a decently priced sauvignon blanc looking out at a red-purple sky. The sunset hues glisten over the skyscrapers of Wall Street, the infamous structures of the New York City, even the piers of Red Hook visible in the distance. Towering over me was Lady Liberty herself. The water was as steady as the Hudson could be, in a cool reflection of the sky with gliding sailboats. Not bad for after work on a Tuesday.

How to get there:

Transportation is provided to and from the clubhouse at Pier 25. $20 fee per person and free for members. Tickets available through Zerve.

Hours of operation:

Open 6 days a week from May 15 until October 12. Check the website for schedule changes and private event notices.