You won’t find an address for Willy Wall. That’s because it’s floating out in the New York Harbor. To get there, you depart from the Brookfield Place / Battery Park City ferry terminal in Manhattan, which takes you across the Hudson River to New Jersey. From there, you board a smaller boat to the bar. Whoever said the journey is the destination was right.
Arriving at Willy Wall feels like discovering a hidden spot even though it’s been out in the open since 2002. The breeze is strong, the rum drinks are cold, and the views are unbeatable. The bar is floating off famous Ellis Island, with the Statue of Liberty rising in the south. To the east, there’s Brooklyn with it’s downtown skyline and rolling hills and industrial shores. And due north: the glorious Manhattan skyline, from the Freedom Tower in the Financial District all the way up to the Empire State Building in Midtown and beyond.
Arrive early (the first boats arrive at 17:45) to beat the crowds and stick around for the sunset to see the city in its best light. Haven’t found your sea legs? Take precautions for motion sickness, such as over-the-counter pills or patches. If all else fails, take deep breaths, focus your eyes straight ahead, and discover that the view is absolutely worth it.