Pool parties in LA: The best poolside soirees
Go off the deep end at one of Time Out's picks for the best pool parties in LA.
Los Angeles provides a pretty much endless summer, but when the actual season rolls around, you'll find the best of LA's nightlife at the pool. The season officially kicks off with a splash of pool parties thrown at shindig-friendly hotels around town. If you’re looking to lounge (or dance) by the pool, music in ear and cocktail in hand, be prepared to arrive early or grab a hotel room the night before, as most parties cap out at 500 people. Of course, the fastest way to a coveted cabana or table space is via bottle service packages, which can run hundreds of dollars, but you'll buy the best seat in the house. Regardless of how you get in, here are some of the best summer pool parties in LA.
The party people behind Harmonic return to The Standard with Bask, a tech and house-heavy party for and by a music and nightlife industry crowd. Though it attracts international artists with major chops as well as serious technophiles, you won’t find a cluster of chin-stroking non-dancers intellectually internalizing the tracks. Instead, artists (past performers include Shonky, Safeword, Jake Patrick, Slam, Delinquent Frequency and [a]ppendics.shuffle) will mix heavy-hitting beats sure to bounce afternoon sun-seekers from the oversized waterbeds to the dancefloor. Make sure to RSVP.
Strip down for a night swim at the Midweek Hookup. The W in Westwood hosts this free pool party every Wednesday night in June; though the Hookup alludes to the hotel's poolside Airstream bar, we're sure this hump day party will earn its name. Come out for drink specials, live music by DJ Junkyard, Ping-Pong, giant board games and a Popsicle toast at 6pm.
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When it's right, it's right: Afternoon Delight takes over the rooftop pool at the Standard Sundays throughout the summer. Each month, this Miami export ships in a different lineup of DJs for a feel good afternoon overlooking DTLA. Come for the sunshine, stay for the free popsicles. The guest list fills up fast, so make sure to RSVP—you'll have to pay a cover at the door, as well.
Take yours Sundays with a side of craft cocktails this summer at the W's Westwood location. Local DJs will spin alongside the hotel's vintage, mobile Airstream bar at WET Sundays. Stop by any Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as well as on the aforementioned holidays and July 4th; make sure to get on the guest list first, especially if you're planning on shelling out for a private cabana.