We’re well into summer, and for most students and families that means freedom to spend time outside. In the Arizona heat, however, enjoying the outdoors can be a challenge, even at night. Luckily, there are more than 100 pools and splash pads available around the Valley to help you cool off.
If you’re after a more grown-up Phoenix pool party, however, you can find those as well. Several bars, resorts and hotels around Valley sport sparkling pools, private cabanas and awesome music so you can enjoy an outdoor adventure in style. Here are some of the best places to immerse yourself.
1. BLK Live
BLK Live in Scottsdale offers a unique blend of art, cuisine and recreation, which makes it the perfect classy hangout. The 20,000-square-feet venue features a dining room, bar, patio and pool. It also makes a great place to host a killer party. Visit any day of the week between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. to join in the fun.
Location: 7301 E Butherus Dr., Scottsdale, AZ
2. Hotel Valley Ho
All are welcome at this funky oasis located in the middle of downtown Scottsdale. Just show up on Friday or Sunday to get in free (Saturdays and holidays are reserved for guests). On Fridays, pop-rock band Elvis Before Noon plays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with food and drink specials – including $16 beer pails – from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For guests, Scottsdale favorite DJ P-Body performs most Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and there are a rotation of fun drink specials each weekend.
Location: 6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ
3. Lustre Rooftop Bar
Coupled with a gorgeous view of downtown Phoenix, The Pool at Lustre boasts an atmosphere for every taste. Grab a complimentary lounger and lose yourself in a paperback or just lay back and work on that Coppertone bronze. If you want something a little more social, kick it at one of the frequent themed pool parties or stop by the bar where craft cocktails and tasty snacks await. The cost of admission varies by time and event.
Location: 2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ
4. Maya Day + Night Club
Ready for a wild time? The pool at the Maya Day + Night Club claims to be the biggest Vegas-style pool party in Arizona. It hosts well-known party DJs like Steve Aoki, Diplo and Kaskade to name a few. The pool opens 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays, noon Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays. Prices vary based on the time and event.
Location: 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ
5. The Pool at Talking Stick Resort
The Pool at Talking Stick hosts a variety of musical artists from Dubstep poster-boy Skrillex to 80s legend Foreigner, and events like Phoenix Fashion Week. In addition, every weekend, Release parties bring some of the most famous DJs from around the globe like Paul Oakenfold and Adventure Club. The Pool sports private cabanas and VIP bottle service. Prices vary by event and you must be 21 or older.
Location: 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
– Evan Baltman, Entertainer Magazine / Edited for Phoenix.org