What: Two happy hours and two views from each side of the Hudson River
Where: Loopy Doopy in Battery Park, New York City and Pier 13 in Hoboken, New Jersey
Who: My drunken friend and I
Why: Since it’s summer and the bars find it acceptable to blast the AC like we’re in the Sahara desert, we wanted to check out some rooftop bars to experience the blistering, beautiful New York summer and get some good, scenic Instagram shots. You know? That one shot with the sun setting over the entire skyline of your resident city? There are only so many pictures you can take of you and your friends drunk at 4 a.m. before you start getting judged.
Loopy Doopy in Manhattan
We started our insta journey with Loopy Doopy, located atop the Conrad Hotel (very fancy). (If you don’t know why Loopy Doopy is a big deal, their specialty drink is champagne with your choice of an alcoholic Popsicle. ‘Nuff said. You can take the 1, 2, 3, A or C down to Chambers Street and walk over. One Friday after work we decided to check it out and that initial pride we had conjured up thinking we’d beat the after work rush quickly disintegrated as we were promptly stopped and turned away at the roof. Turns out we weren’t the only ones looking for beautiful views and ended up waiting 1 hour and 30 minutes before we were allowed back. The Loopy Doopy rooftop is very small with limited seating. And once they are at capacity, they rope off the entrance and the ambiance turns from casual rooftop bar to Tenjune on a Tuesday night in 2009. After grabbing a bite to eat (n/a for Instagram) we headed up and snapped a few pictures of our refreshing cocktails and the sun setting over the Hudson.
Wait time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Instagram: It is definitely an insta-worthy shot, but only because of the drink — where else do you see a Popsicle INSIDE a drink? Not many places. However, since the roof was so small, the skyline photo wasn’t that picturesque.
Hoboken’s Pier 13
The next bar we conquered was Hoboken’s Pier 13 on a Tuesday. It’s about a 20 minute walk from the PATH or a $7 cab ride. The PATH from Midtown takes about 15-20 minutes and costs the same as a subway ride. We made a pit stop at a friend’s apartment along the way because it was 90 degrees and we were melting. (Side note – the views from her 3rd floor walk-up were amazing but I was trying to save my phone’s battery for the main event. You’re welcome.) As you approach the pier, you are immediately hit with the amazing aromas of the surrounding food trucks. There’s barbecue, ice cream, sandwiches and desert waffles that you can bring along with you to the seating area. We got some food, walked to the tables, got a pitcher of Sangria and enjoyed the cool breeze. There was little wait time, everybody was casually dressed, and the pier was large enough to accommodate a huge crowd.
Drinks: $20 per pitcher of Sangria (Can be split among 3 people comfortably)
Food: Delicious food trucks – $8 for a fancy grilled cheese
Wait time: 10 minutes (for the food)
Instagram: So amazing! You could see all of Manhattan, and although I couldn’t get the full view in one shot, the scene was picture perfect. (Alright, fine. The sun didn’t set over the city so I had to work with some filters to make it look edgier.)
Both places are fun and an experience to be enjoyed by all, but because I factor in price and bourgeois factor, I’d choose Pier 13. Plus, if you can figure out how to work the panorama feature on your iPhone without drunken hands interfering, you can get yourself an amazing photo.