The beach is great and all, but there's no annoying sand at a pool. And at public beaches, alcohol is not permitted - same thing with public pools. So where does that leave us?
Luckily, in New York City there are a handful of hotel's that open up their pools to non-guests. These are pool parties at their finest: cocktails and all.
Pool party season has just begun, so we will be updating this as parties get announced. Stay tuned, and for now, head to one of the pools listed below...
Rooftop Pool at Gansevoort Park Avenue
NYC Take a dip 20 stories above Manhattan with a view of the Empire State Building at this heated indoor/outdoor rooftop pool, open year-round. The public can purchase a daycation pass for $300 that will provide access to the pool from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., as well as include a poolside cocktail, pool day kit featuring hair and beauty products from Bumble and bumble, a poolside reflexology treatment, a 30-minute massage on the rooftop and 10% off a post-pool blowout from GLAMSQUAD (must book 48 hours in advance). Passes are available for Monday through Thursday now through July 30. The rooftop pool menu includes cocktails such as a frozen strawberry margarita ($15) and bites such as kobe sliders, charcuterie and lobster rolls ($12-$22). Sangria, mojito, spiked lemonade and margarita pitchers are also available ($75). 420 Park Ave. S., 212-317-2900, gansevoorthotelgroup.com (Credit: Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC)
Summer Pool Parties at Jimmy at the James SoHo
The rooftop pool and lounge at this SoHo hotel is open seven days a week primarily to guests, but on weekends from 3-7 p.m., the public is invited to join the fun at its summer pool parties. The Hudson River serves as a backdrop while sipping on specialty cocktails ($17) and sharing snacks such as chicken empanadas ($16-$25) and cheeseburger sliders ($17-$32) while a DJ spins. The pool parties are Saturdays and Sundays now through Sept. 27, with special summer holidays on July 3 and Sept. 7, too. 15 Thompson St., 212-201-9118, jimmysoho.com (Credit: The James SoHo)
La Piscine at Hotel Americano
The High Line, Empire State Building and Hudson River can all be seen from the casual and chic rooftop pool. The pool is open to the public first-come, first-served Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for a $40 day pass, and on weekends from 2 p.m.- midnight for free. La Piscines Mediterranean grill is open weekdays from 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday from noon-midnight and Sunday from noon-11 p.m. Sip on cocktails such as La Flaca, a frozen margarita with jalapeno-infused Dobel Tequila ($17), while chowing down on branzino ($39) or a burger ($24) from the grill. Bottle service is available, too. 518 W. 27th St., 212-525-0000, hotel-americano.com (Credit: Hotel Americano)
The Beach at Dream Downtown
Enjoy this glass-bottom pool for a nominal fee. Day passes are available Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) starting at 11 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis for $55. Once in, relax on lounge chairs, listen to live music, sip on cocktails like the Pinarita or Pimms Cup ($16) and enjoy a bar menu created by chef Michael Armstrong. The pool bar and grill is also open to the public daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-11 p.m. weekends, if you cant score a pool day pass. 335 W. 16th St., 212-229-2559, dreambeach.club (Credit: Edward Menashy)
McCarren Hotel & Pool
Formerly the King & Grove Williamsburg, the McCarren Hotel features a three-season salt water pool that is the place for the well-heeled hipster set. At this hotspot, dangle your manicured toes in the pool, splash around with your friends in their Malia Mills bikinis, drink rose in the sun and get eats from the rooftop lounge, Sheltering Sky. The pool is open to the public daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., with day passes (11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) costing $45 Monday-Thursday and $60 Friday-Sunday and evening passes (5-9 p.m.) available for $30 (there will be special rates for July 4 and Sept. 7). The fee includes access to the pool, towel service, Wi-Fi and a glass of rose. Tickets go on sale 24 hours prior in advance. Bulk passes are also available for frequent swimmers. 160 N. 12th St., Williamsburg, 718-218-7500, chelseahotels.com (Credit: McCarren Hotel & Pool)