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The best pool parties in Los Angeles

You don't have to go to Las Vegas for a pool party, Los Angeles' poolside scene is just as good of a time

Photograph: Courtesy the Standard
A Club Called Rhonda.

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 party options in LA.

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Our favorite pool parties of 2016

Splash House Palm Springs Pool + Music Weekend

Critics' pick

Say goodbye to dusty thoroughfares and violent porta-potties; Splash House takes the music festival concept off of sweltering desert land and places it poolside. Movers and shakers at this multi-location getdown are shuttled between the Saguaro and the Riviera Resort & Spa to lap up big-name dance acts and DJ sets. With the added comforts of AC rooms and critically acclaimed restaurant fare just steps away from the party scenes, the experience will make you question whether to bother with more punishing locales come next year’s festival season.

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Various locations in L.A. Saturday August 13 2016 - Sunday August 14 2016

SkyBar at the Mondrian

Much like Ace Hotel Palm Springs and its Swim Club, the Mondrian is home to Skybar, a pool and bar that have one of the best views of LA. The pool hosts a variety of pool parties throughout summer, including events by Wicked Delight (Wicked Paradise + Afternoon Delight), Rhondesia (A Club Called Rhonda) and Wavey (The Well Downtown)—all of which take place Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. Every Sunday through September, there will be talent on the pool deck from 1-8pm and there will be signature programs like Dive In (a poolside screening series) throughout the week. The pool is closed to the public on Saturdays unless otherwise promoted. 

 

 

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West Hollywood

Swim Club at Ace Hotel Palm Springs

The Ace Hotel is home to the Swim Club, which hosts a variety of pool parties throughout summer. The pool will host Eat, Drink, Dance, Sleep; Repeat with Hit City; Wine Not and Plan Check during Memorial Day Weekend. The event is free to hotel guests and Swim Club Members. Day passes are available to outside guests for $25, and F&B are additional (listed). Dig Deeper will arrive June 3-5 with ESP Institute 
taking place July 16 and 17 and PIAPTK the weekend of July 22-24. Later in the summer, Burger Oasis will arrive at the hotel, from Aug 5-7.

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Palm Springs

Oasis Pool Party at the Avalon Hotel

If you haven't already wanted to dine at executive chef Michael Hung's new restaurant Viviane, located at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, now there's a bit more incentive aside from the cuisine. Every Sunday now through September, brunch guests who spend more than $40 are invited to the Oasis Pool Party, which will offer unrestricted access to the Avalon's pool for the first time ever. From noon to 5pm, diners can lounge poolside while listening to music spun by Dart DJs and sipping on signature drinks made with Moët & Chandon, Belvedere and Hennessy.

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Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills , Beverly Hills Sunday July 31 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016

Sunset Swim at the Annenberg Community Beach House

For those 18 and over, a more innocent pool party option is Sunset Swim at the Annenberg Community Beach House. During the summer months, the second Friday will be an adults only (18+) night at the Santa Monica pool. While no alcohol is allowed, there will be complimentary fruit bars and s'mores while supplies last. There will be games, music and fun themes as well.

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Annenberg Community Beach House , Santa Monica Friday August 12 2016 - Friday September 9 2016

Our favorite pool parties from 2015

While we're still waiting for summer to start, keep an eye on some of our favorite parties from the past few years.

Wicked Paradise

Start summer early with an afternoon party atop the Standard. This daytime disco from Ouija Entertainment and L'Affaire Musicale brings together a globe-trotting lineup of dance musicians for its launch event, as well as a special follow-up in June at Skybar.

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Until Sun Aug 2

Wavey Pool Party

A collaboration between local fashion brand the Well and Steve Aoki-founded music label Dim Mak, this bass-heavy bash is taking over the casbah chic pool deck at the Hotel Figueroa every other Sunday during the summer. Come for the meet-up of fashion trendsetters and music mavens, stay for the taco bar and $5 PBRs. And with Dim Mak's offices in the same neighborhood, we'll keep our fingers crossed that Aoki himself will drop in.

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Until Sun Sep 20

Afternoon Delight LA

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.

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Until Sun Sep 20

Playa Escondida

Chill out poolside with pitchers of margaritas and a selection of a half-dozen tacos at this weekend pool party. Skybar at the Mondrian usually hosts a lineup of DJs every Saturday and Sunday, but the pool deck really heats up for these parties—past headliners include Tensnake, Plastic Plates, Penguin Prison, St. Lucia, Jessie Andrews and Zimmer. Plus, we've heard rumors of free rounds of shots and topless tanning.

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Until Sun Jul 19

Rhondesia

A Club Called Rhonda creators DJ Goddollars, Alexis Rivera and Gregory Alexander are set to rock the roof at Skybar during summer’s three biggest holidays, promising "big heat, thick beats and the softest sheets." With top-notch talent and an anything goes atmosphere, these parties will reach capacity in a heartbeat. Maybe daring dress could be your ticket through the doors, but we'll stick with buying tickets ahead of time.

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SkyBar , West Hollywood Sunday September 4 2016

NightSwim

Daft Punk. Thom Yorke. Questlove. With DJs like this, it’s no wonder Swim Night has become one of LA’s longest running and most loved pool parties. But it’s not just heavy-hitting musicians that surprise crowds with everything from hip hop to indie tracks—celebs who fall in the who-knew-they-even-DJed category, like Elijah Wood, spontaneously rock crowds too. The best part? The crowd isn’t just about posturing; when things get too hot on the dancefloor, partiers dive into the landmark pool (and swim in style—amid a gazillion-dollar David Hockney painting, no less) until 2am.

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Until Tue Sep 29

Dive In Theatre

A pool, champagne and a Monday night movie—what more could you ask for? Every Monday night in the summer, Skybar screens a classic film (i.e. an '80s or '90s favorite) out on the suave pool deck. Feel free to bring your own blanket if you'd rather watch from dry land.

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26 Oct 2015

Bask

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.

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Until Sun May 24

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Farida W
Farida W

You forgot South Bay! Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach also has a great summer pool party.

nancy j
nancy j

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