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.
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The Rock Restaurant-- Indian Ocean Zanzibar, Tanzania 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.
It's easier to get to, albeit more imposing than idyllic, at low tide. The resto's 12 tables each have panoramic ocean views.
Floyd’s Pelican Bar -- Parottee Bay Negril, Jamaica 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.
Looks precariously driftwood-ish.
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.
The Honorable William Wall's sunset glamour shot.
Tsunami Island -- Konkan Coast Malvan, India 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).
Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist’s über-efficient German associate travel editor. She grew up adhering to the old adage that one shouldn’t swim after eating. But no one ever mentioned drinking, so that's what she'll just keep doing. Follow her adventures on Twitter at @Sohostyle.