Superb Swim-Up Pool Bars
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12 Fabulous Swim-Up Pool Bars Across America

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Superb Swim-Up Pool Bars
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Booze With a Splash of Water

Floating through crystal-clear water to refresh your margarita at a swim-up bar is no longer limited to luxurious resorts in Tahiti or the Caribbean. The concept of the swim-up bar started in — where else? — Las Vegas, and many of America's best H2O cocktail hangouts are still in Sin City. But they're also in Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio, and beyond. Here's a look at America's best pool bars, the ultimate achievement in adult leisure culture.


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Margarita's at Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Margarita's at Wilderness Resort

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin


Wisconsin is known for its harsh weather and rugged wilderness, but the Wilderness Resort provides a little slice of the tropics. Inside the resort is Wild Water Dome, an indoor waterpark that's home to a 1,400-square-foot pool that can hold 88 guests, all of whom are welcome to wade, swim, or float up to the tropical-themed swim-up bar any time their glasses get low.

The D.I.P. Aquabar and Lounge at The Room Mate Grace Hotel, New York
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The D.I.P. Aquabar and Lounge at The Room Mate Grace Hotel

New York


Sleek, modern, and mood-lit, the D.I.P. Aquabar and Lounge is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. every day of the week. Even better, you can swim with a smile during the D.I.P.'s daily happy hour, which runs from 5-7 p.m. Want to make it your own for an evening? They host private parties or you can rent the whole thing out for a photo shoot or corporate event.

The Cove at the San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center, Galveston, Texas
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The Cove at the San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center

Galveston, Texas


Sip drinks and nibble on high-end appetizers at the Cove's tropical pool. Some swim-up bars spend big bucks to try to create an artificial beach atmosphere. The Cove just built their pool next to one. Feast your eyes on swaying palm trees and an endless expanse of blue sea compliments of the surprisingly tropical Gulf of Mexico. If you're feeling extra fancy, poolside spa services are available.


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Sabino's Pool Bar & Grill at Westin La Paloma Resort, Tucson, Arizona
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Sabino's Pool Bar & Grill at Westin La Paloma Resort

Tucson, Arizona


Have a bite or a burger while you sip a tall frozen drink the pool at Sabino's. It's just one part of the watery paradise that is the resort's 5-Pool Oasis. When you've had enough of the swim-up bar, take a dip in the mineral pool, which is enriched with salt from the Dead Sea, or take a ride on the SlideWinder waterslide.

Rehab Beach Club, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
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Rehab Beach Club, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Las Vegas


There's a reason that guests have to be 21 to enter the Dish Pool and Breathe Pool at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Vegas. It's all part of the adult playground paradise that is the Rehab Bech Club, where the world's biggest DJs host wild parties in a tropical setting. If a swim-up bar isn't enough, wade through the crowd of revelers and try your hand at one of the resort's swim-up blackjack tables.


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Pool Bar at Camden on the Lake Resort, Spa & Yacht Club, Lake Ozark, Missouri
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Pool Bar at Camden on the Lake Resort, Spa & Yacht Club

Lake Ozark, Missouri


The Pool Bar is open from May through mid-summer and includes not just great drinks, but great pool games like giant Jenga and cornhole, as well as outrageous activities like frozen T-shirt contests. There's also giant hot tubs, a boardwalk, and stunning lakeside views to take in while you lounge.

Oceanic Hotel Tiki Bar, Wildwood, New Jersey
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Oceanic Hotel Tiki Bar

Wildwood, New Jersey


There is only one swim-up bar on the entire island that is the South Jersey Shore destination beach town of Wildwood — the Tiki Bar at the Oceanic Hotel. A Jacuzzi is parked right next to the Tiki Bar, but if you want to get out of the sun without killing your buzz, just walk a few paces to cool off at the Barefoot Bar.

Mud Hut Swim-Up Bar, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Mud Hut Swim-Up Bar, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin


If you get hungry or thirsty at the waterpark in Kalahari Resorts, the good news is, you don't have to leave. There are six dining outlets in the waterpark, both indoor and out — you'll find the Mud Hut at the indoor section. You'll have your choice from a full bar that also cranks out specialty frozen drinks, all while submerged in a heated pool in an indoor park that is immune to the wild Wisconsin weather outside.

Tropicana Pool at Tropicana Las Vegas, Las Vegas
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Tropicana Pool at Tropicana Las Vegas

Las Vegas


The Tropicana Pool is beautiful and bright with ambiance that includes towering palm trees, rushing waterfalls, and pristine landscaping. There's also a whirlpool spa and if you're in the mood, a swim-up bar and blackjack table to keep you busy. It might look like the tropics, but you are, after all, still in Vegas.

Mixx Swim-Up Pool Bar, Hotel Blue, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Mixx Swim-Up Pool Bar, Hotel Blue

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Myrtle Beach is one of the great East Coast vacation destinations, and if poolside luxury is your thing, Hotel Blue is hard to beat. Mixx Swim-Up Pool Bar has bar stools for you right in the water, a nice selection of both adult and non-alcoholic drinks, and a seasonal food menu if you're feeling hungry. Mixx is just one of many pool-related amenities that continues to beckon visitors to Hotel Blue.

Ellie Bay at Flannigan's Dublin
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Ellie Bay at Flannigan's Dublin

Columbus, Ohio


Ellie Bay is a little slice of paradise in the Rust Belt. The full-service swim-up bar, complete with water stools, is just a small portion of the resort's aquatic oasis. The 2,000-square-foot pool is constantly kept at a balmy 86 degrees. It's surrounded by 100 sand-and-sun lounge chairs and includes a huge center island for bands and DJs to keep the party going.

Dive at Harrah's Resort Southern California, Funner, California
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Dive at Harrah's Resort Southern California

Funner, California


Dive includes a main pool, a lazy river, cabanas, and daybeds, but the real draw is the swim-up bar — the only one of its kind in SoCal. A waterfall hot tub, three regular hot tubs, a firepit, and eight luxury loungers are all within swimming distance.