The weather in Miami fluctuates between hot and hotter. When it's just too warm out for the best rooftop bars in Miami and you're looking for something more exciting than a day at the best Miami beaches, Miami pool parties are where it's at. A needed reprieve from the heat and a solid daytime alternative to the best Miami club nights, a boozy poolside shindig in South Beach (and even downtown!) is where you'll want to escape year-round.
Best Miami pool parties
Each month, when the moon is at its largest, Broken Shaker hosts a full moon night swim. It’s a gorgeous evening full of very hip-looking folks, swimming and some of the best cocktails in Miami. There’s usually a host of pop-up shops to peruse at each month’s event as well. Monthly, 7–11pm; free.
Looking for a classic Miami ambiance? This MiMo District gem boasts one of the prettiest pools on the mainland. It’s perfect for a low-key afternoon date or some me-time with a book and a cocktail. The party of the week, Vagabond Vibes, features a DJ, tasty cocktails and plenty of space to lounge about. Bring a bathing suite. No one will judge you if you jump in. Sat 8pm–midnight; free.
The Atton Miami is an underrated little Brickell hotspot. And on Saturdays, the Atton’s Vista Rooftop Pool and Bar is the place to be if you're looking for a more relaxed alternative the usual pool party scene. The gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay would normally be reason enough to stop by, but when you tack on live music, food and 50 percent off all drinks—it’s hard to understand why you’d go anywhere else. Sat 2–7pm; free.
On the first Sunday of each month, the Albion Hotel (home to the great Repour Bar) hosts a pool party that should definitely be marked on your calendar. Admission to the pool and floaties are free while drinks and food are available for purchase. You can also shop wares from local vendors, play lawn games and spend the afternoon jamming out to DJ-spun tunes. Sun at 2pm; free.
Every Sunday, the towering and colorful SLS Brickell hosts the Meet Me Upstairs pool party at its Altitude Pool. With some seriously gorgeous views of downtown Miami, this pool party is proof that you don’t need to cross the bridge to get your fun in the sun. If you’re not too burnt and partied out, head down to Bazaar Mar for a drink or two afterward. Sun noon–6pm; free.
This new summer pool party (it only runs through September) is where Art Deco design meets down-home southern cooking. Feast on barbecue dishes (sold a la carte), sip cocktails by the pool and spend the afternoon dancing to music courtesy of a rotating list of DJs. Themes change each week, so expect a new set of brews and pop-up bars by some of your favorite local haunts every time. Sat noon–7pm.
"Healthy" sure isn't a word you often hear associated with pool parties, but 1 Hotel Rooftop offers an alternative to the liver-smashing mayhem of certain South Beach bashes. But don’t think this is some straight-edged dweeb-fest. No, you can still get nice and drunk while floating around one of the best rooftop views in Miami Beach. But organic food options and yoga make this a more rejuvenating option. Sun 1–8pm; free.
Forget sneaking in. This hotel pool party is open to locals and features relaxing vibes (the discounted bottles of rosé probably have something to do with that) and two pools in which the water is always the perfect temperature for a good soak. Chill under a cabana, snack on some food from the property's restaurants or just enjoy the sounds of the DJ. Sat noon–6pm; free.
This weekly shindig is as close to a Vegas pool party as it gets, complete with beautiful people, utz-utz beats and frosty bottles of expensive champagne. Getting in is easy but paying for it is another thing—cabanas can get pricey and often buying a table is the only way to slip past the doorman. We promise the view of Biscayne Bay is worth every penny. Sat, Sun 1–7p.
Hyde Beach at the SLS is known for its rambunctious Saturday pool parties—the kind you normally only see in Pitbull videos and beer commercials. But Hyde Beach has recently launched a new monthly pool party called Hyde Night Swim. Unlike Hyde Beach’s usual affairs, the Night Swim will extend into the—you guessed it—night. Going strong until 11pm, the party offers music, performances and shots out of snorkels. Yup, snorkels. Sun 4–11pm; free.