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Shore Club
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The best Miami pool parties happening right now

These Miami pool parties are the perfect place to celebrate the fact that we don’t know what winter is

By Ryan Pfeffer

April 2019: We’ve just updated our list of Miami pool parties with the hottest spots in town. New to the list is the Standard’s weekly Lazy Sunday BBQ—an absolute delight—and the Vagabond’s Saturday nighttime pool party. They join classics like the Fontainebleau, Hyde Beach and Shore.

Considering all these gorgeous swimming pools in Miami, it makes sense that we’d also have a great selection of Miami pool parties. Well, it’s true. (Yay logic!) And thanks to the fact that it rarely dips below 75 in this town, we can pretty much hit them up all year long. But which one is right for you? Depends. Are you the type of person who can be found in the best South Beach clubs every weekend? Then maybe Hyde Beach is your baby. Are you more likely to be at a chill cocktail bar in Miami? You’ll probably love the Vagabond. And that’s only the start of your options. Check out some more choices below and don’t forget sunscreen in between all that rosé.

Best Miami pool parties

Freehand Miami
Photograph: Courtesy Freehand Miami/Ra-Haus Fotografie

1. Shaker Sunday BBQ

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What is it? Every Sunday, the Broken Shaker, home to some of Miami’s best cocktails, throws a poolside party complete with drinks, sunshine and some delicious barbecue. The menu changes weekly and sometimes different local chefs make a delicious appearance. 

Why go? If you care about quality, this pool party is for you. While the Freehand’s pool isn’t the biggest, you won’t find another pool party serving better drinks and food. 

Sun 2–7pm; free.

Atton Brickell Miami
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2. Sunset Sessions at Atton Brickell: Saturday

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What is it? 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 to the usual pool party scene.

Why go? The sweet views of Biscayne Bay would normally be reason enough to stop by, but when you tack on live music and 50 percent off all drinks—it’s too good to pass up.

Sat 2–7pm; free.


3. Weekends at 1 Hotel Rooftop

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What is it? A crisp, hip Miami Beach pool that also happens to boast one of the best rooftop views in the city. It’s a little more laid back here, but DJs and plenty of rosé and cocktails keep the energy up.

Why go? Because you want to treat yourself—and you’ll need to if you’re not a guest of the hotel. Non-guests have to purchase a cabana for the day to enjoy these killer views.

Sat 11am–2am; Sun 11am–1am.

Hyde Beach Night Swim at the SLS
Photograph: Courtesy Hyde Beach

4. Hyde Beach

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What is it? Basically a nightclub—but it’s during the day, everyone wears bathing suits and the dance floor is a pool. If it’s a Vegas-style bash with bottle service and champagne showers you seek, stop by Hyde Beach.

Why go? Though weekends are the busiest, you can hit up Hyde Beach any day it’s open for a guaranteed fist-pumping good time—especially during Spring Break and Miami music Week.

Shore Thing Sundays
Photograph: Courtesy Shore Club South Beach

5. Shore Thing Sundays

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What is it? One of South Beach’s most popular pool parties returns for the summer, opening its two infinity-edge pools to hotel guests and locals willing to drop cash on a daybed.

Why go? Shore Club’s splash zone is far-reaching and includes the hotel’s pool-facing Mexican restaurant, Diez y Seis. That means guests who’d rather eat than blow their money on a daybed can book a brunch reservation and find their way to the pool post-feast.

Sun 1pm–8pm

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Photograph: Courtesy Fontainebleau Miami Beach

6. Arkadia Pool at Fontainebleau Miami Beach: Weekends

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What is it? The Fontainebleau has a pool for every occasion but, for a good party, hit up the adults-only Arkadia Pool on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s an upbeat atmosphere with music, drinks and the added perk of chilling within one of Miami Beach’s best and most historic hotels.

Why go? Between the wide-eyed tourists and bougie locals, this place is never dead.

Fri–Sun noon–7pm; free for guests, non-guests must purchase cabana $350–$1000.

Infinity Pool at The Standard
Photograph: Courtesy Standard Spa, Miami Beach

7. Lazy Sunday BBQ at the Standard

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What is it? The normally exclusive Standard opens its arms to anyone each Sunday with its weekly barbecue. Now, you won’t be allowed to swim in the pool unless you purchase a pass ($75–$150), but you can lounge around at the stylish hotel and enjoy the beautiful sunset views.

Why go? A burger plus a cold beer plus the Standard is the ultimate recipe for satisfaction.

Sun noon–6pm; free.

Vagabond Hotel
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8. The Vagabond Hotel

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What is it? A super cute vintage hotel in Miami’s historic MiMo neighborhood. This place is like stepping into a time machine. Its pool, with a tile mermaid chilling at the bottom, is the social gathering point.

Why go? The Vagabond’s weekly Chill Out Saturdays party—complete with a DJ, drinks and ‘50s Miami glam—is a fun time and great pre-game before a night out.

Sat 7pm–11pm; free.

Photograph: Moris Moreno

9. The Confidante

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What is it? One of our favorite hotels on Miami Beach with an adorable little pool. The Confidante recently launched some new poolside amenities that’ll make your pool day even more enjoyable, our favorite of which is the new “floatie menu.” You can rent a special floatie (unicorn, rainbow and more) to use while you swim. Some come with bottles of rosé or prosecco too. There’s also a new colorful drink cart that’ll come right to you.

Why go? If you’re looking for a chill and highly Instagrammable pool day.

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