Having a beer or 12 and passing out in a kiddie pool squeezed onto your fire escape doesn’t have quite the same appeal as sipping an umbrella cocktail in a coconut at one of these awesomely rickety, remote, water-locked watering holes.
The Rock Restaurant — Indian Ocean
Situated on a rock that was once a fisherman’s post, The Rock Restaurant’s specialty seafood’s so fresh it might as well’ve flopped onto your plate — and even better when paired with any one of their many local brews.
How to get there: Wade; it isn’t far off the coast of Michanwi Pingwe beach. Alternatively, use its dedicated boat service.
Floyd’s Pelican Bar — Parottee Bay
Ask for Floyd, the genius fisherman behind this spot, and then knock back some local Blackwell rum with him. Another drink on your list should be the Pelican Perfection, which is made with lime juice, rum, and ginger beer.
How to get there: Ask a local fisherman for a ride and be prepared to spend around 15min on a boat. We hope you’re good at holding your liquor.
Honorable William Wall Bar — New York Harbor
New York City
The Manhattan Sailing Club’s floating clubhouse’s outfitted with a full bar on its scenic upper deck, from which you can see lower Manhattan and Ellis Island. BYO food is encouraged, though they serve snacks. Don’t miss their Full Moon parties.
How to get there: From May through October, a shuttle departs from North Cove Dock F every 30min from 5:30pm. Members ride free; the proletariat must pay $18 round-trip
Tsunami Island — Konkan Coast
This is as back to basics as you can get with bar service at these little stick snack huts on Tsunami Island – a small island created by the last deadly wave in the area (hence the name). The island, which sits on the delta of the Tarkarli River, is best known for its stretch of pristine beaches and diving opportunities.
How to get there: Paddle on by — the 20,000sqft island is about five miles from Malvan, but close to the shore — and famous for serving snacks and breakfast boat-side.
Villa Escudero Waterfalls Restaurant — Laguna De Bay
San Pablo City, Philippines
Stay cool while lunching on local grub and knocking back San Miguels with your feet in the water.
How to get there: Just roll up your shorts and wade on in. This massive complex also offers lodging, river tours, and a karaoke hall (because, well, the Philippines).
The William Thornton Floating Bar & Restaurant — The Bight Bay
Norman Island, British Virgin Islands
The Willy-T, a 100ft schooner, is as Spring Break-y as it gets in the BVIs — try your face at their shotski (an old water ski), or enjoy pub grub like conch fritters and steaks.
How to get there: Anchored off Norman Island, you can get to the Willy-T by boat, or by swimming (if you’re really motivated and not at all inebriated)