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.
Homemade LA—the nightlife partymaker behind the Wet summer parties in LA and San Diego—takes up residency at the Tropicana Bar on Thursday nights, bringing their serious brand of house music with them. Nightcrawlers who regularly turn up for DJ sets by Mark Farina, DJ Dan and Miguel Migs will surely dance circles—not swim laps—around one another. Not that the pool in this open-air playground (one of LA’s largest, with a 600-person capacity) will go to waste: Shot callers who go for bottle service will race remote-controlled boats on the hour, vying for prizes from possible brand partners like Agent Provocateur, who furnish the staff with its swimwear, and Yacht Club Vodka, which sponsors the night. Expect to party alongside both PYTs who make this party their personal Mykonos, and bros who are used to buying their way to victory. A caveat: the caliber of boat you’re given to race depends on how much coin you sink on booze.
The Droog DJs are known for throwing intimate, 250-person parties on The Rooftop at The Standard. This year, their Culprit series (in its sixth season) is about to become even more intimate, as the parties thrown become even less frequent. It’s not that Culprit co-founders Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin and Justin Sloe are shying away from their mission to bring internationally acclaimed talent to music lovers in the know (look for acts like Jamie Jones & Lee Foss and DJ Tennis this year, along with up-and-comers like Mano LeTough, Adriatique and PBR Streetgang), but their own touring schedule has blown up to a point where they simply aren’t in LA as much. No matter how big they get, the trio has its roots firmly planted in throwing parties for dance purists. And the talent they attract are just as hyped: Last year when favorites Benoit + Sergio played the rooftop venue, Benj Meyers (aka Sergio) was so in the zone during the show that a security guard saved him from nearly teetering off the edge of the roof.
A bi-level deck dotted with ivy walls makes for a more sophisticated rooftop bar scene at the Mondrian. "Been there, seen it," you say? This summer season, street artist Thank You X breathes new life into the upscale terrace, with a freshly-painted mural to be unveiled at the opening Summer Night Swim party. Don’t come looking for a rowdy, antics-filled free-for-all. Instead, the Skybar offers a relaxing reprieve from the street-level hustle down below. Take in a 360-degree view of the city lights, cozy up to international business travelers on oversized daybeds or go for a leisurely dip in the heated pool as resident DJ Kristina Kova (known as much for her supermodel good looks as for her beats) kicks out hypnotic mixes. No matter what your MO, you may as well do it with a mojito in hand—the Skybar still kicks out its famous fruit-infused versions in watermelon, mango and more.
Kicking off July 1st, this weekly film fest screens camp classics (such as Clueless) and golden-era gems (Some Like It Hot) alike. Plunge into the deep end while the haunting score of Jaws reverberates around you at the season opener, or cozy up with a bucket of bubbly and your main squeeze in theatre-style seating to catch Bogie and Bacall in The Big Sleep later this summer. And keep an eye out for celebrity hosts who personally select and screen their favorite picks. Last year’s famous film buffs included Mad Men’s Jessica Paré, The Daily Show’s Rob Corddry and 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer, who chose to show the boyishly charming Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, natch. No matter how cool the pool or the people it attracts, this is one party where you don’t want to arrive fashionably late (in fact, it’s advised that film buffs reserve a room the night before to ensure admission). Custom trailers are specially created to mimic those that appeared in theatres when the feature film was originally released, giving audiences an perfectly presented time capsule in addition to the alfresco ambiance.
The party people behind Harmonic return to The Standard with their third season of 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 here. Instead, artists like 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.
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