LA’s Top Pool Parties of 2015
The Rooftop at the Standard Pool Party
Where: The Rooftop at the Standard in Downtown LA
When: Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and random evenings
You can’t not look back with fondness at the Standard pool parties. Even if your most vivid memory includes getting your purse stolen and wandering the streets of DTLA with nothing but wedges, a Standard hotel robe and a Gatorade bottle of vodka.
While all of their events have different and usually unrelated names, I can assure you, every event I’ve been to at the Standard has been awesome.
If you aren’t plastered by 2, you can pretty much guarantee plenty of Instagram opportunities. The bright colors, hipster decor and city backdrop create moments worthy of Hollywood billboards the whole fucking time.
Whether they call it Wicked, Afternoon Delight or whatever catchy name they think of, it’s all sunshine and popsicles. This summer jam is so trendy, you’ll have to grow a beard just to get in.
SkyBar Pool Parties
Where: SkyBar at the Mondrian Hollywood
When: Saturdays and Sundays through September
Skybar at the Mondrian is like the kid with the cool parents in high school that always lets them have people over. There’s always something uniquely awesome going on at this hip Hollywood boutique hotel.
From DJ jackLNDN to Matoma Music there’s always a beat that makes me want to bend my knees slightly and alternate between thrusts and sways based on the rhythm. Depending on the event, you could land in a gathering that feels like a friendly get-together chilling poolside with pitchers of margaritas and a selection of gourmet tacos, or it can feel like an upscale rager with high-waisted shorts and pasty lines of slightly damp cocaine. Be ready for both.
NightSwim at Tropicana Bar
NightSwim is LA’s longest running pool parties and it’s still just as loved today as the day it was launched, maybe more.
NightSwim has featured everyone from Daft Punk to Thom York to Elijah fucking Wood. I bet you didn’t even know he DJed.
Just in case you can’t immediately tell when you step into the party, the giant pool toys and oversized canoes will remind you. Must loves hipsters.
Dive In Theatre
When: Monday June 22, 2015 – Monday October 26, 2015
SkyBar’s having friends over again! Although I grouped together most of the pool parties by location, I’m going to classify this as a different event. It’s more than just a name and DJ change, they actually show a movie on a giant projection screen over the pool while people, chill, eat, drink, swim and party.
God I love LA.