I'm about to let you in on a very major secret. There is a place where you can drink under the stars, on the water, with a magnificent view of the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges (photo source). The bar is at Spiegeltent, an annual performance extravaganza which includes Lady Sovereign, La Vie, and the return of Absinthe this season.
Sadly, previous Brix Pick The Found Footage Festival did not return. But you don't have to buy tickets to enjoy a selection of Heartland Brewery ales, you just have to find the hidden and secluded pier behind the seaport mall. Since the space is not billed as a bar, people mainly come for the tent performances, leaving plenty of tables open for one of the best outdoor spaces of the summer.