Nothing quite captures the summer season more than swimsuits, rooftop bars and poolside soirees (though outdoor adventures and ice cream take a close second). When it comes to Vegas-style pool parties and laid-back, rooftop gatherings, L.A.'s buzzy social events calendar has enough lively happenings to keep you entertained all summer long. The season events have officially kicked off with a splash of pool parties thrown at shindig-friendly hotels around town, from the heart of Hollywood to the rooftops of Downtown Los Angeles. 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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Best pool parties in Los Angeles
The Mondrian hotel, West Hollywood's luxury boutique getaway, is home to the ever-popular Skybar, a pool and bar that offers one of the best views in L.A. From May 5th to June 9th, Angelenos can head to the rooftop for the ultimate pre-weekend pool party, aptly dubbed Just Ditch Fridays. Let loose and lounge poolside every Friday from 1-6pm to spins from DJ Arron Colbert, while toasting to the freaking weekend. Plus, be on the lookout for upcoming pool parties like the returning Wicked Paradise, which will hold court at Skybar on Saturday, May 27—just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The premier pool party event is kicking off the summer season with Dirtybird Records, J.Philip and more.
If you're looking to party poolside in the heart of Hollywood, this longstanding hotel is your perfect go-to. After a 2003 restoration by designer Dodd Mitchell, this 1927 landmark, a beautiful example of Spanish colonial design, once more welcomed the A-listers who frequented it during Hollywood's heyday. On the weekends, you'll often find Tinseltown's It crowd at the often-buzzing bar scene and mingling on the open-air lounge chairs by the pool. Speaking of the pool, it also features a restored underwater mural by renowned illustrator David Hockney. While every Saturday night is a pool party within itself, you can go big and head to Tropicana Sundays grand opening bash on May 7 from 2pm to 7pm, which will feature L.A.'s top DJs. Plus, check out the upcoming ADLT SWM party on May 14 and PROPER, a monthly swim series at the Hollywood Roosevelt. Sip on cocktails, dance and enjoy a dose of L.A. sunshine by the pool.
On the hunt for a trendy rooftop scene, tasty cocktails by the pool, and an insane view of Downtown L.A.'s city skyline? You'll want to head to the ever-popular Ace Hotel. While guests won't exactly be doing a canon ball into the small pool that's more like a large hot tub, the Ace rooftop bar and pool lounge is the perfect spot for prime nightlife entertainment and late-night cocktails. Bonus? The hotel is constantly bringing in some of L.A.'s best DJs and live bands to set the tunes while you bop your head and take in the city views—cocktail in hand. Every Sunday, Dublab will present a rotating mix of DJs at "Dublab Vibing Time" from 1pm to 6pm. Check the hotel calendar for a full list of events and DJs hitting the rooftop this summer. If you're really hankering for a Vegas-style pool party, head to the Ace Hotel's Palm Springs branch to catch the recurring Swim Club bash.
The Downtown version of the Sunset Strip shag pad pokes fun at jet-setting '60s bachelors, with the lobby setting the swinger-style tone. Rooms come equipped with platform beds, tubs for two and peek-a-boo showers. Complete with DJs, vibrating waterbeds and views, the rooftop pool bar can be a tough ticket on weekends for non-guests (must meet a $35 food and beverage minimum), but it's totally worth it for a weekend day rager. Plus, the Paradise Unlimited Swim Club is taking over the rooftop pool on May 13 from 3pm to 9pm, featuring DJ Dino Soccio, Colour Vision and a string of special guests. Check out the hotel's event calendar for a full listing of poolside soirees this summer.
Who said a pool party can't also be a workout? This summer, the W Hollywood rooftop pool and bar, aptly dubbed Wet, is hosting a weekly series called Get Fit with Brit Middleton, Eryt and Hot 8 Yoga. Guests can head to the Wet Deck at 10am for a different kind of pool party where they'll swap out the boozy bashes for a lively workout with great tunes and an incredible view of the city. The best part? It's completely free. Enjoy a cocktail by the bar or hang by the pool for a well-deserved post-workout treat. As for the rest of the weekend, DJs will be spinning from 1pm to 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Though the Wet deck is primarily reserved for hotel guests, daybeds and cabanas can be reserved for non-guests with food and beverage spending minimums.
Sure, the ultra-modern SLS Beverly Hills offers an incredible spa, dining options and amenities, but the true gem of the hotel is the Altitude Pool. Nestled on the hotel rooftop, the pool area offers breathtaking views of Los Angeles, along with poolside service, refreshing cocktails and light bites from chef José Andrés. Starting the first week of May, Altitude Pool turns into a swanky day lounge complete with a live DJ, who will set the musical backdrop from 1pm-5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The pool is open to hotel guests only unless you reserve a cabana (for a pretty penny). Of course, you could also book a weekend staycation for the rooftop pool itself. Fergie had her baby shower there—just sayin’.
While it's a bit of a trek from L.A. to Palm Springs, the Ace Hotel's buzzy pool parties make a weekend getaway well worth your while. The desert locale is home to the Swim Club, which hosts a variety of pool parties throughout summer. Kicking off the summer pool party season (though it's practically year-round) is Memorial Day weekend with the third annual Desert Days event running from May 24th to May 28th. Prepare for a mix of DJs, live music, stand-up comedians, pool parties, R-rated bingo, arts & crafts and more. Be on the lookout for more daytime pool parties on the Ace Hotel's event calendar, which are sure to roll out during the sumer.
Looking to keep the party going?
If you're looking to fill your weekend calendar with a mix of poolside soirees and a pit stop at one of the city's best rooftop bars, Los Angeles has you covered. Check out these cocktail bars and beachside spots where the views rightfully rival the booze. From Downtown's bars with a view to seaside cabanas in Malibu and Venice, here are the city's top (literally) rooftop bars.