Bar Spotlight

Published on July 3rd, 2014 | by Adrienne


Sneak Peek: Grand Banks

Attention: your new summer cocktail destination has arrived.  It’s called Grand Banks, it’s on a wooden sailboat, and it specializes in cocktails and oysters.  Need we say more?

Well just in case, here’s the full scoop.  Grand Banks is a seasonal restaurant-bar-nautical museum located aboard a historic sailboat built in the 1940s.  It’s docked at Pier 25 (in Tribeca, a block away from Locanda Verde) and boasts a stellar bar team headed up by our friend Rene Hidalgo of Lantern’s Keep and including familiar faces from the likes of Milk & HoneyCienfuegos and the John Dory Oyster Bar among others.  Above decks is a sleek cocktail bar, open & reserved seating areas, plus an oyster bar.  Below decks you can peruse exhibitions on maritime history.

Due to a quirk in their liquor licensing, Grand Banks’ menu will feature five “low-ABV” cocktails that use wine, sherry, vermouth and amari as their base.  Think Champagne Cobbler – which combines bubbly with seasonal berries – or the perennially delicious Pimm’s Cup.  There will also be one rotating hard liquor offering each evening, like the Java Swizzle, which includes light rum, lime, simple syrup and Borghetti espresso liqueur.  In addition, Grand Banks will offer a wide selection of beer and wine.


the bar in progress on the deck of Grand Banks

While the menu format may be the child of necessity, we love low-ABV (Acohol By Volume) cocktails for summertime because you can drink more of them without getting completely sloshed.  And they are often made with under-appreciated and completely delicious ingredients like vermouth and sherry.  After all, this is a boat, and we wouldn’t want anyone falling overboard, now would we.

They’ll also be perfect for all that day drinking you’ll be doing at Grand Banks when you find out that they plan to open at noon and close at midnight.  (During the next few weeks of soft opening hours will be more in the 3-11pm range, so make sure to check ahead.)  We’ll see you onboard!

Unfortunately due to inclement weather, Grand Banks will not be open on July 3.  Weather permitting, they WILL be open on Friday, July 4th when they will be throwing a ticketed champagne & oyster party.  The bar will stay open until late October.

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Adrienne is one of the co-founders of Dipsology. When she’s not drinking, sleeping & breathing cocktails, she can be found in Napa, drinking wine instead. You can read about her non-cocktail adventures on her blog and follow her @alstillman.

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