Summer in Texas means the kind of excessive heat you can't even describe because you're too busy fainting. How will you respond? Sure, you COULD stay married to the A/C all Summer, but you're better than that, because you're going to attack the heat on two fronts with this guide to getting into Dallas's best bar-backed pools.
A field guide to 9 Dallas pools equipped with bars
SALT (address and info)
SALT is a newly opened upscale pool lounge with an adjoining private restaurant/bar called The Bungalow. The best part of SALT is the saltwater pool (ahhh, we get it), and the views don't hurt either. And by views, we mean the bikini-clad patrons, though the vantage point relative to Downtown isn't half bad either. The site may read "members-only", but word is non-members aren't having too much trouble getting in on the weekends.
DIP Club 8 Day Club (address and info)
Forget for a moment that this day club/hotel is located right off of a major freeway. As a matter of fact, forget for a moment that you’re in Dallas because this enormous 7,000sqft pool area with 10 exclusive VIP cabanas, daybeds, and VIP suites feels more like Las Vegas, except that your DJ-backed bottle service mercifully can't transition into blackjack-backed financial ruin. At least not as easily.
Hotel ZaZa (address and info)
The pool is not quite open to the public but, much like our tax code, there are loopholes (amirite?!). Book yourself a massage poolside (or maybe a pedicure, your feet are looking suspect) and voila, you’re in. But be sure to save some money for the Veuve Clicquot. Should you stick around for the evening, prepare to see some of the most beautiful people in Dallas drinking cocktails at Dragonfly, the hotel’s restaurant/bar. You’re welcome.
Sisu (address and info)
Let’s just keep this simple. Beautiful half-naked people flock here on weekends in droves to party. So, if you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon by the pool then don’t come. Entrance is open to the public, though employees wield discretion over who gets in, so suck in that gut and maybe leave the ironic floaties at home.
FOE (Fraternal Order of Eagles) (address and info)
For those looking for something a little more even-keeled, this open-to-the-public gem rocks an Olympic-sized pool, kiddie pool, two volleyball courts, playground, sandbox (for the kids!), and two outdoor bars (for the adults!). Also for the adults: $1 Jell-O shots.
W WET Deck (address and info)
A 16th floor pool in a glass enclosure that allows you to view the Dallas skyline? Check. Open to the public? Kind of check. The WET Deck is only open to the public on Wednesdays for "Wine Down" from 6pm to 10pm. Wine is half off and there’s live jazz. WET Deck is also open to the public on Saturdays for a Pilates and yoga class called PIYO. The Wine Down is sounding like the better option. Then again, core fitness IS important.
Hotel Belmont (address and info)
This boutique hotel in Oak Cliff has a pool befitting the coolness of the rest of the property. Belmont hosts events throughout the Summer, including pool parties that are open to the public -- so you might get lucky and be able to crash this pool without being a guest. If you’re hungry, make sure to try SMOKE, acclaimed BBQ restaurant that’s connected to the hotel, and while you’re at it order one of the many craft cocktails from Bar Belmont.
NYLO Dallas South Side (address and info)
The NYLO pool is not open to the public, which is a problem... well, unless you’re a guest of course. But there’s a solution -- check out the sleek rooftop SODA Bar that's open to the public. The SODA Bar is located just off of the rooftop infinity pool. Grab a cocktail then slowly mosey your way over to the pool and, what do you know, you were wearing swimming attire under your clothes this whole time?! Problem solved.
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The Joule Hotel (address and info)
There are pools and there’s the Joule’s glass-fronted pool, which dangles off the edge of the building by 8ft. Pretty sweet, right? They used to allow non-guests to buy day passes, but sadly those days have... passed. But hey, it's a good excuse for a staycation, is it not?
1. SALT3121 Ross Ave, Dallas
2. DIP Club 8 Day Club2645 LBJ Freeway, Dallas
3. Hotel ZaZa2332 Leonard St, Dallas
4. Sisu Uptown2508 Maple Ave, Dallas
5. Fraternal Order of Eagles8500 Arturo Dr, Dallas
6. W WET Deck2440 Victory Park Ln, Dallas
7. Bar Belmont901 Ft Worth Ave, Dallas
8. The Joule1530 Main St, Dallas
9. NYLO Dallas South Side1325 S Lamar St, Dallas
SALT is an upscale pool lounge with an adjoining private restaurant/bar called The Bungalow and -- you guessed it -- a saltwater centerpiece for you to swim in.
DIP is the sunny daytime answer to Club 8's nocturnal celebrations. A 7,000sqft pool area complemented by cabanas, day beds, DJs, and bottle service mean that you won't ever have to pause in your partying.
Hotel ZaZa is the swanky sort of spot where you might run into a celebrity -- but you'll definitely run into a sweet pool, where you can get down on brunch, sip some cocktails, or just lounge around in the sunshine.
Shoring up Uptown nightlife, this adult playground's set in a 5Ksqft house complete with a living room setup, a lounge-y den, and a palm tree-accented, cabana-equipped saltwater pool. Edibles stretch from not-from-the-pool mesquite-grilled lobster w/ blood orange vinaigrette, to a 28-day dry-aged ribeye served with crispy spinach, white cheddar horseradish mashed potatoes, and moneybutter, which also goes great over Billy Beanes.
A group meeting house with shuffleboard, darts nights and dinner each once a week, and an olympic-sized pool (!).
The WET Deck is a 16th floor pool in a glass enclosure that allows you to view the Dallas skyline. If you're not staying at the hotel, don't fret -- hit them up on Wednesdays for "Wine Down" from 6pm to 10pm, and you can get down on half-off wine and listen to live jazz.
Located in the Belmont Hotel, Bar Belmont's got an outdoor terrace with incredible views of the Downtown skyline (as does the hotel's pool!), an EB&D Loaded Up & Truckin Burger (bacon, cheddar, and frittered farm egg), and a Beer (!) Can Farm Chicken with tomatillo chili sauce and pickled green beans.
This hotel sports luxury accomodations and probably the most glamorous of Dallas's rooftop infinity pools, so you can always be sure that you'll lay your eyes on a hot body (of water).
NYLO's third Metroplex hotel, the NYLO Dallas South Side, was built into the 100yr-old Dallas Coffin Co. building, with rooms boasting exposed 10ft ceilings, original concrete floors, and blackout drapes for those mornings you just know you won't want to get up off that concrete floor.