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Best Pool Parties in Los Angeles in 2020

Nothing quite captures the summer season more than swimsuits, get togethers , rooftop bars and pool parties in Los Angeles (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 hotspots have enough lively events to keep you entertained all summer long. 

The season events kick 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, enjoy great must and a 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. Book bottle service, buy tickets, and sign up for guest-list directly on Discotech’s free mobile app. Here are some of the best summer pool party options in LA:

W Hollywood

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A Free Entry Beverly Hills Rooftop Bar 2 Minutes from Rodeo Drive

Guests at the W head to the Wet Deck at 10am for a pool party where the boozy bashes collide with beautiful people, 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, top LA 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.

Skybar at Mondrian

People lounging at the Mondrian West Hollywood pool party

A West Hollywood Pool Party / Lounge That Overlooks Downtown LA

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. Let loose and lounge poolside at one of the top hotel pools in LA while DJs spin as you celebrate the weekend. Plus, be on the lookout for upcoming pool parties and celebs, as both elevate the pool side party experience to a new tier of fun and enjoyment.

The Standard, Downtown Los Angeles

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A Pool Party in the Middle of Downtown LA Complete with Stunning Views

When looking to party or lounge poolside, very few LA pools compare to The Standard, Downtown Los Angeles. The pool comes complete with DJs, vibrating waterbeds and views on par with the best bars in LA. 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. 

Tropicana Pool at the Roosevelt

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A Historic Venue Home to Wild Pool Parties and the Celebs Who Frequent Them

If you’re looking to party poolside in the heart of Hollywood, the long standing Roosevelt hotel is your perfect go-to. After a 2003 restoration by designer Dodd Mitchell, this 1927 landmark once more welcomes the A-listers who frequented Tropicana during Hollywood’s heyday. Although a famous landmark, there is nothing outdated about a Tropicana pool party, as the crowds are young, the music is trendy and the party’s more alive than ever.

The Highlight Room

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Luxury and wild times collide together giving guests the ultimate pool party experience

The Highlight Room is found atop ten stories high with unobstructed, 360 degree views of Los Angeles, ranging from the famed Hollywood Sign and surrounding Hollywood Hills to the skyline of Downtown. By day, the modern sundeck offers hotel guests the perfect getaway to relax by the pool on a plush lounger or in a luxurious, private cabana. At sundown Thursday through Saturday, Highlight Room’s pool deck transforms into the best place to party under the stars in Los Angeles.

During the day through the summer, Highlight Room is just as fun. The Highlight Room is definitely one of the top pool parties in LA, as the vibe is luxurious but focuses on what’s really important, and that’s providing guests with an epic pool party.

Marina del Rey Hotel Pool

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Pool parties, boats, booze, and bikinis. Fun times await.

Sitting in a gorgeous scenic waterfront location on the world’s largest man-made small-craft harbor, the Marina del Rey Hotel encourages guests to unwind and indulge in equal balance. Whether you are here for business or leisure, our Los Angeles waterfront hotel features and award-winning dining at SALT Restaurant & Bar and a year-round heated infinity pool & spa complete with unrivaled views of Marina del Rey. The pool parties at Marina del Rey Hotel offer something very unique, as partying near boats in the heart of Marine del Rey offer many opportunities. Boats, booze, and bikinis? I’m sure you can do the math.

Liquid Frequencies Pool

Crowd partying at Liquid Frequencies pool

A small Deep House pool party guaranteed to have you grooving all day and night long

For those looking for a more smaller pool party, this the spot for you. With a very limited capacity, it becomes hard to avoid being engulfed by crowds partying to the music. The music has historically been deep house, so it’s safe to assume groovy tunes await you at this pool party. If looking for a great time to party under the sun, this pool party surely won’t disappoint!

Bonus: Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs

Spacious view of Palm Springs Ace Hotel

Pool Parties and Super Warm Weather ALL THE TIME!? Ace Hotel in Palm Springs Gives You Both

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. It’d be hard to find a better venue to kick off pool party season. 

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 summer.

Best Rooftop Bars in L.A.

Without a doubt, rooftops are one of the best places to enjoy a drink in Los Angeles, and the reverse is true as well. The skies are clear 284 days out of the year here in LA. Pair that with mild temperatures all year long and you get unbeatable conditions for being outside.

Picture this – you’re tens of stories up on a rooftop bar in Downtown LA, it’s 7:45 PM on a summer evening, and you’ve already had a few delectable cocktails poured down the hatch. As you sip on your latest concoction, the sun begins to set. The sky fills with hues of yellow and orange, then pink, purple and red, and the glass faces of buildings light up with a golden hue. You feel a tear running down your face as the pure beauty of the scene sets in. You think to yourself, “There is nowhere I’d rather be than here in this moment.” Of course, you said that to your date last night, and to the date before that… But this time it’s different. This time you’ve fallen hard for the city itself – welcome to LA.

Rooftop bars are quintessentially LA, and we’ve compiled a list of the best ones for you to live the California dream. Check out all venues and upcoming events on the Discotech App.

Highlight Room – Hollywood

Perched upon the top of the Dream Hollywood hotel is one of Tao Group’s latest concepts – Highlight Room. The rooftop space contains a pool, lounge, and grill to cater toward any rooftop experience you may seek. Highlight room not only offers one of Hollywood’s best viewpoints, but it also offers a state-of-the-art sound systems and world-class DJs. The day club is open to the public only on weekends, while many nights a week are open to all who are looking to party.

Explore upcoming events and book tables for Highlight Room on the Discotech App.

The Rooftop at The Standard – Downtown

The Standard rooftop has got it all. Up top you will find the bar, a heated pool, a red Astroturf deck, a dance floor, nightly DJs, fireplaces, and even waterbeds. Don’t be worried if you’re feeling hungry up there, the food at The Standard rooftop is super solid.

Browse upcoming events and book bottle service for the Standard Rooftop on the Discotech App.

Skybar at Mondrian – West Hollywood

Skybar at Mondrian is the place to be for rooftop parties. There are regular pool parties all summer long at Skybar, both day and night, with world-class DJs setting the vibe. With its spectacular views and chic aesthetic, Skybar is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Check out upcoming events and book tables for Skybar on the Discotech App.

The Fonda Theatre – Hollywood

The Fonda Theatre, one of LA’s most intimate concert venues, is home to a lesser known rooftop where you can enjoy a fantastic drink, while watching a live feed of the show inside.

Browse upcoming shows and purchase tickets for the Fonda Theatre on the Discotech App.

Broken Shaker – Downtown

Broken Shaker is one of the trendiest rooftop bars that LA has to offer. It’s a colorful palm-filled haven for those seeking eclectic cocktails, amazing views, and street-food style dishes. This beachy venue is as lively as it looks, drawing the hippest crowds nightly. The bar is also open during the day so you can satisfy your needs for a cold tropical cocktail.

Élephante – West LA (Santa Monica)

The view from Élephante is perhaps the best in all of Santa Monica – a bold claim for such a beautiful, iconic scene. Not only will you get incredible views of the California coastline at Élephante, but you will also get to see some of the most absurdly good looking people in California. The all-day restaurant-bar has deliciously bright seasonal foods and refreshing cocktails to match. The decor will make you jealous, and you’re sure to be headed home with ideas for how to remodel your sunny, posh California living room. Élephante is incredibly popular, so be sure to book in advance.

Spire 73 – Downtown

Spire 73 lays on top of the tallest building west of the Mississippi, which makes Spire 73 the highest point in LA to grab a drink, and the highest open air bar in the Western hemisphere! From here, you can truly see all of LA. Classic cocktails are served here to guests lounging fireside on luxurious lounge chairs. If you’re not a guest of the hotel below, there is a $20 cover, but $10 of that goes toward drinks Sunday through Thursday.

Mama Shelter – Hollywood

Dance all day and night on the roof of this Hollywood hotel. The roof of Mama Shelter carries that Mediterranean vibe, with bright colors and a real liveliness to rejuvenate your senses. Sip on a cocktail or a glass of sangria as you look upon the golden city from up high, with a delicious plate of food right in your lap.

Upstairs – Downtown

On its fifth year running, the Ace Hotel’s rooftop gem has become an absolute classic in the rooftop scene. Pool, check. Bar, check. Fire, check. Awesome design where modern meets historical LA, big check. The venue is a fantastic stop for any and all who are looking for a place to vibe. Upstairs draws an incredibly eclectic crowd, so all you people watchers will sure get a kick. To top it off, the middle eastern cuisine is superb.

Perch – Downtown

With a French Bistro-like look, lush plants, and elegant furniture, Perch is the perfect place for a classy, pleasant, and relaxed night (or day) out. The 15th floor is a restaurant, bar and lounge, while the 16th is an open-air rooftop bar for drinks only. While there is often a DJ to set the mood, sometimes you might stumble upon some live jazz to really spice up the evening. Incredible views of downtown LA top off this class venue.

Rooftops are one of the best ways to truly experience LA. Be sure to check out the Discotech App for all of your rooftop needs!

The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in Los Angeles

So what’s the perfect venue to enjoy Los Angeles weather, take in chill vibes and imbibe potent potables all in one locale?

A rooftop bar, of course!

To that end we made it my mission to scout 10 of the coolest rooftop bars in Los Angeles just for you and yes they all come with incredible views, lush scenery, and delicious cocktails.

But whether or not you choose to enjoy them? Well, that’s totally optional.

List starts after the jump (in no particular order).

1. The Andaz Sundeck

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Having the highest rooftop swimming pool in Los Angeles is a nice title to have in this town. The Andaz in West Hollywood offers panoramic views of Hollywood and the Sunset Strip on the Sun deck year round. Lay out on a day bed or cozy up and watch the sunset across Los Angeles while enjoying hand crafted cocktails and snacks from the pool menu.

2. High Rooftop Lounge

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In Venice beach the Hotel Erwin’s rooftop bar appropriately named High is the prime spot to catch a beach sunset. This place has a laid back atmosphere, awesome munchies and nightly drink specials year round. On chilly nights they even pass out blankets and turn on the heat lamps, how thoughtful right?

3. Perch Los Angeles

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Unobstructed views of downtown and very clear view of the neighboring Central Library Perch has been claimed one of the most beautiful rooftop bars in Los Angeles. A talented team of mixologists, tasty food and a beautiful french inspired ambiance has caused this place to form lines every weekend. The vibe is upscale which also means it can get pricey. To avoid the line make a reservation. Looking to try Perch on a budget? They have a happy hour!

4. Upstairs At The Ace Hotel

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Upstairs at the Ace is a buzzing hot spot perfect for kicking back and watching all the cool kids socialize. The moroccan themed roof deck host events nightly with special DJ guests paired with a nicely curated drink menu and YES there is a pool. Do yourself a favor and check out their events calendar it’s filled with fun and free events seven days a week.

5. The Fonda

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Catching a show at the Fonda is fun but the added bonus is pretty cool as well… walk up to the second floor and take the mini stairs up into the rooftop. Astroturf, delicate strung up lights, tables, couches and even a open air hall sits right above the building. Guest take their smoke breaks, order drinks and take in the views. Don’t worry about missing the show, they have it projected on a screen with the sound on. Nice touch Fonda I approve!

6. The Standard Rooftop Bar

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A view like none other The Standard offers a 360 degree view right in the heart of DTLA. Engulfed by surrounding skyscrapers the hotel opens its rooftop to the public with free admission during the week and a nominal entrance fee (usually $20) during the weekends. Owned by the same hotelier as the Chateau Marmont this mod themed bar has water bed pods, a pool and a projector screening classic flicks. The addition of the Biergarten on the west end of the open air deck is a nice touch for those who want to kick back away from the crowd and dance floor.

7. The Redbury

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The SBE group is synonymous with Hollywoods most popular hotspots so it is no surprise when The Redbury opened it became a favorite for people looking for low key nights. The bar is set like a private library with two awesome and free pool tables! Sit outside and lounge on the comfy sofas, the streams of lights and candles create an intimate vibe tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood Boulevard.

8. Suite 700

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Perched atop the iconic Hotel Shangri-La is Santa Monica’s famous indoor/outdoor rooftop bar & lounge Suite 700. Once a penthouse suite in the landmark hotel, Suite 700 and it’s deco inspired digs captures an elusive sense of Hollywood glamour at the ocean. The rooftop bar provides beautiful views of the ocean and the Santa Monica Promenade making it a perfect place to catch the sunset.

9. The London Rooftop

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Perched on the 10th floor of the hotel, the rooftop offers guests a beautiful panoramic view of West Hollywood. Inspired by a traditional English garden this place has an intimate feel to it but things can get crazy over the summer here. Just an FYI the roof top is open to guests for those who want to visit a reservation must be made.

10. SkyBar At The Mondrian

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A Hollywood favorite from the time it opened, Sky Bar is situated in the heart of Sunset Boulevard. Pretty young things like to lounge by the pool with a drink and listen to guest DJs spin the latest top tunes. A bit pricey but like any prime hot spot they tend to factor the view in with the bill. Remember to get on the guest list for the weekends for no hassle entry.

Originally reported on We Like LA.

What are the best LA Pool Parties in 2015?

Whether you’re the avid partier or just looking to have a little fun in the sun, LA’s endless summer provides for some of the hottest people at the trendiest rooftop pools. Pool season sets off with a myriad of parties at party-friendly hotels around town. Whether you’re looking to lounge, dance, or just have a drink and listen to music by the pool, make sure to plan in advance by either arriving early, getting a room at the hotel, or reserving a daybed or cabana with bottle service.

Here’s a curated list of the best pool parties in LA 2015…

Andaz West Hollywood

Vibe: Lounge, drink and people watch

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Shed your inhibitions at this stunning rooftop pool, overlooking West Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills on one side and downtown LA to the beaches on the other. Andaz’s stunning rooftop pool – one of the few rooftop pools in Los Angeles, is a sexy, sky-lit sanctuary for relaxing in the sunshine or enjoying the hip West Hollywood scene. Dive in for a refreshing swim or laze on a lounge chair and sip a delicious cocktail as you take in the panoramic views of Los Angeles. Cool down and enjoy some privacy in a cabana with umbrellas for your pleasure. Join the beautiful people by the poolside bar for light fare and refreshing cocktails at The Sundeck. Enjoy delights eats right from the RH kitchen.

SkyBar at The Mondrian

Vibe: Dance, party, see and be seen

Boasting some of the finest views of Los Angeles, Skybar is an open air, ivy-covered pavilion perched above the Pool at Mondrian Los Angeles. Having been the spot for the hottest nightlife and bar scenes from the day it opened, Skybar’s newly re-imagined design brings a fresh approach to this iconic space. A chic poolside lounge by day, Skybar provides an idyllic oasis to take in the sun and enjoy impeccably fresh cocktails. When the sun sets, the pulse of Skybar beats even louder, stirring a seductive energy, aroused by world-class DJ’s and Hollywood glamour. To book daybed or table packages for your group, visit here.

The Standard Downtown LA

Vibe: City views, “chill” crowd and Biergarten

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The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA offers stunning, panoramic views of Downtown Los Angeles and the mountains beyond. The Rooftop features a heated swimming pool, red AstroTurf deck, dance floor, nightly DJs, bar, outdoor fireplace, waterbed pods, sculptured topiary and a Biergarten.

The Standard Hollywood

Vibe: Retro, fun, and “hot”

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It doesn’t get much more Hollywood than this: blue astroturf, ping pong, power lunches, sun bathers, and the best people watching this side of the 101. The Standard Pool is a bona fide icon. Pool access is reserved for hotel guests. Day passes are available for purchase based upon availability.

Tropicana Pool at The Roosevelt Hollywood

Vibe: Day party, night swim, actual swimming, vintage

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Although the Roosevelt’s day parties are legendary, it’s night swims are historic. Located at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Tropicana offers pool toys and a pleasant atmosphere, featuring scattered ottomans among fire pits and palm trees. (Partygoers tend to actually go swimming, in droves.) Plan to arrive after midnight, enjoy a cocktail from one of the two full bars and listen to resident DJs like Chris Holmes or Will Crimes. They usually can be found behind turntables spinning funky indie tunes, though you’ll often see guest DJs such as Elijah Wood. Oh and also, when your friends ask you what you did last weekend, you can just say: “Uhh I was at The Roosevelt” (*drops the mic and walks away*). To book daybed or table packages for your group, visit here.

The Montage Beverly Hills

Vibe: Posh, cool and relaxing

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As a guest of Montage Beverly Hills, you can enjoy access to this rooftop oasis, complete with a saline swimming pool and whirlpool. Private poolside cabanas, The Rooftop Grill and lush landscaping are set against the backdrop of panoramic views of the Beverly Hills cityscape and the Hollywood hills. If you’re not a guest, Rooftop Cabanas are available for rent. Cabanas are serviced from 9:00 a.m. until Sunset and can accommodate up to 6 guests. All cabanas include an LCD Flat Screen TV, National & Local Newspapers & Magazines, Complimentary WiFi, Evian Misters, Coola Suncare, Montage Bathrobes (upon request), Fresh Fruit Bowl and Bottled Water.