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Rooftop pools in NYC where you can drink

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?

In New York City, fortunately, there are a handful of hotels that open up their pools to non-guests. These are pool parties at their finest, cocktails and all.

The Sentry at the American Copper Buildings

Opening Memorial Day weekend, the Sentry at the
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Opening Memorial Day weekend, the Sentry at the American Copper Buildings is a brand new members-only pool that has a divine view of the East River. Membership is exclusive -- from $500 for rooftop access, $1,600 (with six guest passes) to $3,200 (with unlimited guest passes and other perks) -- and includes more than just swimming. The club offers morning yoga classes, pool meditation, astronomy sessions and other private events. Plus, for those who are hungry, executive chef Brent Hudson has created day and night menus that incorporate Aussie and Asian influences.  (626 First Ave.,  thesentrynyc.com)

The Rooftop at The Williamsburg Hotel

The Rooftop and Pool at The Williamsburg Hotel
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The Rooftop and Pool at The Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn offers a $65 day pass for access to the pool with a full bar and unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Renting a day bed is an additional $50 during the week, $100 Fridays through Sundays, and increases in price to $250-$500 for a daybed for four to six people. Poolside snacks and small plates by chef Nicolas Caicedo, like an acai bowl, and a three grain healthy bowl, are available daily, as well as drinks like a coco frosé. (96 Wythe Ave., 718-362-8100,  thewilliamsburghotel.com)

The Profundo Day Club

Starting Memorial Day weekend, Profundo in Queens has
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Starting Memorial Day weekend, Profundo in Queens has daily pool parties with music, food, cocktails and more for a $60 to $100 day pass.

About 600 people can enjoy the space (with 50 day beds and 12 cabanas) that has unobstructed sunlight and views of the city.

The cocktail list is extensive with drinks like the "frosé," the "painkiller" tiki drink and the English flower spritzer, and there's a slew of spirits, wine and beer to choose from. Executive chef Seth Levine also has curated a menu that spans a raw bar, grilled foods, rolls, fried favorites, dips and other bites.

The Sunset pass with a chair (5 to 11 p.m.) is $60, and a day pass with a chaise lounge is $100. Afternoon access (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with a chaise lounge is $100. (8-08 Queens Plaza, 718-289-6118, ravelhotel.com)

Mr. Purple

Hotel Indigo Lower East Side has its own
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Hotel Indigo Lower East Side has its own pool with views of the skyline open to the public daily starting at $50.

The day pass, which is limited to the availability of lounge chairs, gives you access not only to the pool but to Mr. Purple's outdoor terraces and full bar, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You can also choose from bar bites like chips and guac, fish tacos, sliders, prosciutto flatbread and salads, as well as signature cocktails like the "Mr. Purple," the "Grand Spritz," "Summer Is Coming" and "Rooftop Lemonade." The hotel also serves a full brunch menu. (180 Orchard St., 212-237-1790, mrpurplenyc.com)

JIMMY at the James

The rooftop pool and lounge at this SoHo
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The rooftop pool and lounge at this SoHo hotel is open to the public seven days a week starting at 5 p.m. weekdays and after 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Gitano Jungle Room supplies snacks, including coconut shrimp ($21), Bahn Mi lettuce cups ($16), Korean fried chicken wings ($25), and there are plenty of drinks to choose from, including the raspberry frosé and a frozen peach margarita in addition to its signature cocktails at $19 each. (15 Thompson St., 212-201-9118, jimmysoho.com)

The William Vale

The 60-foot pool, offering stellar Manhattan views from
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The 60-foot pool, offering stellar Manhattan views from Brooklyn, is the longest outdoor hotel pool in the New York City area, the hotel boasts.

This year, The William Vale is introducing pool membership. For $899, you can get unlimited pool access with a +1 for the entire season during the week, and for $1,599, you can access the pool on the weekends. Otherwise, day passes are still available for $99 per person Monday though Thursday and $149 per person Friday through Sunday.

When you're not taking a dip, you can chill poolside on its 5,000-square-foot terrace with light bites and cocktails by Chef Andrew Carmellini and the NoHo Hospitality Group. Whether it's wine by the glass or the bottle, a frozen mai tai or a Brooklyn Pilsner, there's a large drink menu; food offerings range from coconut shrimp to burgers. (11 N. 12th St., Brooklyn, 718-631-8400, thewilliamvale.com)

The Beach at Dream Downtown

Starting Memorial Day weekend, you can enjoy this
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Starting Memorial Day weekend, you can enjoy this glass-bottom pool, with day passes available Mondays through Fridays (excluding holidays) starting at 11 a.m. on a first-come basis for $65 (lounge chairs are taken first-come also). Cabanas are rented from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting at $1,500.

Once in, relax on lounge chairs, listen to live music and sip on cocktails like a strawberry Negroni ($18). New this year are adult push-pops with flavors like Moscow mule vodka, blueberry tequila, and mango passion fruit rum and a pineapple Dole whip ($14). There's a full menu of sharing plates like barbecue chicken satay, a grain bowl and mini lobster rolls.

If you just want to eat at the restaurant only, there's no need to purchase a day pass, just make a reservation. (335 W. 16th St., 212-229-2559, dreambeach.club)

McCarren Hotel & Pool

The McCarren Hotel in Brooklyn features a three-season
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The McCarren Hotel in Brooklyn features a three-season salt water pool that is the place for the well-heeled hipster set. Go ahead, dangle your manicured toes in the pool, splash around with your friends in their Malia Mills bikinis, drink rosé and score eats from the rooftop lounge, Sheltering Sky. Day passes during the week are $65.33, and $92.54 on Fridays through Sundays. If you want a pool bed, they range in price from $130 to $391, in addition to admission. Tickets go on sale 24 hours in advance. (160 N. 12th St., Williamsburg, 718-218-7500, mccarrenhotelpool.com)

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