8 Best Poolside Bars in Las Vegas (Slideshow)
July 7, 2016
If your idea of a Vegas vacation involves enjoying drinks beside a pool, here are the 8 best places to do so in Sin City
Beach Bar and Grill, Mandalay Bay
Although Mandalay Bay’s Bikini Bar has a name that’s hard to pass up, the Beach Bar & Grill is the better place to go. After all, it’s not just a name, but is actually a bar located on the beach — the hotel’s manmade beach, that is. The area contains 2,700 tons of real sand, a 1.6 million gallon wave pool, a lazy river, and a whopping 100 rentable cabanas, daybeds, bungalows, and personalized villas. And we didn’t even get to the actual bar, which offers ample seating in the shade, a wide selection of frozen drinks, and some satisfying small bites just off the sand and only steps from the water’s edge. An actual beach bar in the heart of Las Vegas? Count us in.
Boulevard Pool Bar, The Cosmopolitan
The Cosmo doesn’t just have three different pools to choose from, but three completely different pool areas. There’s the vibrant Marquee Dayclub for partying (which transforms into an extension of the nightclub in the evening), the Bamboo Pool for relaxing (with soothing sounds and spa offerings), and our pick, the Boulevard Pool, for a little bit of everything. This multi-level, open-air environment is located high above the Vegas Strip (with the views to prove it) and always offers something to do, from live musical performances to DJs to movies playing on the giant 65-foot-tall marquee. The large bar is conveniently located in the shade to one side of the pool, where there’s also some adjacent seating for those looking to momentarily beat the heat, in addition to the nicely-spaced lounge chairs and daybeds in the sun. Conveniently, the bar and pool are both open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with longer hours during events.
Breathe Pool Ultra Lounge, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Not only is the Breathe Pool Ultra Lounge one of the best poolside bars in Vegas, but it’s also one of the newest. Having just opened Memorial Day 2016, this lounge is located on the roof of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and thus offers unparalleled views of the Strip. As opposed to the raucous good times found at the Hard Rock’s other poolside venue, Rehab (as well as some others on this list), Ultra offers a calm outdoor nightlife experience for guests looking for a more relaxing evening on the town. Only open on Friday and Saturday nights between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., Ultra is the one of the best spots to take a nighttime dip — or to watch others from dry land as you kick back in one of the numerous lounge chairs and couches and dine on chocolate fondue and signature cocktails, like the Verecruzana with tequila, lime juice, pineapple juice, simple syrup, and fresh fruit.
Cypress Pool Bar, Bellagio
The poolside experience at the Bellagio includes five definitive pools and courtyards, which feature private cabanas, poolside massages, a garden vista café, and a pool bar that serves signature and classic cocktails made from scratch with fresh juices, nectars, purees, and homemade mixes. The biggest draw here, however, is the fact that drinks and food can be ordered directly from one of 65 “premier” lounges at the Cypress Pool, each equipped with its own host that will attend to your every need. Additionally, you’ll have access to complimentary passed treats of frozen fruit, infused water, and smoothies, as well as chilled towels and Evian water misters.
Encore Beach Club, Encore (Wynn)
If you want to party, this is your spot. In the last few years, the adults-only Encore Beach Club and pool was named the best “Adult Pool Party” in Las Vegas by USA Today, “Dayclub of the Year” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “The Hottest Pools in Las Vegas” by Conde Nast Traveler, and No. 5 on our list of The Most Gorgeous Swim-Up Bars in the World. In addition to in-water bar seats, the pool also features 26 cabanas (with fridges and flat screens) and eight bungalows (which each have their own bathrooms, infinity dipping pools, and private balconies). Additionally, at the packed soirees that run Thursdays through Sundays all summer long, you can have a drink while DJs like David Guetta, Major Lazer, and Skrillex provide a soundtrack to your swim.
Liquid Pool Lounge, ARIA
Boasting 85 chaise lounges, 35 daybeds, and eight private cabanas (equipped with) around two VIP pools, the ARIA Resort & Casino’s Liquid Pool Lounge also features a 35-seat restaurant and full bar to meet all the hunger and thirst needs of sun-soaked swimmers. This daytime venue only operates from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday), but still hosts DJs spinning electronic beats almost every day it’s open. A lot of places in Las Vegas feature fantastic nightlife, but ARIA has really perfected the concept of “daylife.”
The Coconut Grove Bar, Tropicana
Don’t let these younger hotels mislead you, some of the old-guard Vegas venues still have a lot to offer. The classic Tropicana Hotel has three pools that occupy over four acres of land, offering both swim-up drinks and swim-up blackjack, as well as beautiful landscaping, flowing waterfalls, connected lagoons, and a variety of poolside day beds, recliners, and cabanas (with cable TV, fridges, and ceiling fans) — which can all be reserved online! Coconut Grove is only open seasonally, but, as a backup, the Beach Café and Bar operates year-round just steps away from the pool area.
Wet Republic Ultra Pool, MGM Grand
Wet Republic Ultra Pool/Yelp
For the ultimate in poolside parties, there’s no better venue than the Wet Republic Ultra Pool at the MGM Grand. This enormous, 54,500-square-foot venue features live music, large saltwater pools, intimate dipping pools, daybeds, bungalows, cabanas, and an open-air covered lounge for drinking, dancing, and mingling. Food is available for order, as are signature cocktails and premium bottle and pitcher service from the adjacent bar. These drinks can be enjoyed in the lounge or ordered poolside. And “live music” doesn’t just mean a dude picking songs on an iPod; big-name DJs like Steve Aoki, Tiësto, and Afrojack are all regulars at the venue.