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The Intrepid Museum May Get a Wee Bit Boozier

By Gwynne Hogan | September 9, 2015 5:13pm
 The Intrepid Museum wants to serve liquor, beer and wine to its passengers in three areas.
The Intrepid Museum wants to serve liquor, beer and wine to its passengers in three areas.
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HELLS KITCHEN — You won’t need your sea legs for this booze cruise; it's permanently docked at Pier 86.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is applying for three state permits to serve liquor, beer and wine on its open-air pier, inside the ship’s mess hall and in the Welcome Center.

Representatives of the museum and the catering company involved presented their application to the community board on Tuesday night.

The ambitious plans include a new food and drink area in the Welcome Center at the edge of Pier 86 and an open-air bar on the dock.

Food is already served in the ship’s mess hall, and wine, beer and booze would be served there as well if the application gets approved by the state.

Two food trucks currently dish up burgers, fries and sandwiches on the dock. The trucks could be joined by a full-service bar with craft beer and premium liquor, if the application gets approved.

Entrance to the pier and Welcome Center is free and open to the public, though visitors must pass through the security area. Only visitors who buy tickets can pass into the mess hall. 

The construction of the bar and new dining area is being privately funded, Luke Sacks, a spokesman for the museum said.

The full community board will vote on the liquor application early next month and send its recommendation to the State Liquor Authority. Then the SLA usually takes roughly 40 days after receiving the application to approve or reject it.