A membership-only "urban resort" built high above U Street, the Penthouse Pool Club is something DC's never seen before (...and if it has, it was only briefly, before bouncers asked DC who it knew, and then made it go back downstairs).
This place basically looks like a hedonistic Latin billionaire's yacht was dropped on top of the Vida building's 12000sqft roof, with a heated, 60ft pool bordered by modern lounge chairs, '60s-looking beds, and soon, awesome butts. There's also a private, sunken 2500sqft deck, panoramic skyline views every which way, VIP cabanas, and tons of fire pits, where you can enjoy roasting homemade voodoo dolls of the people rich enough to afford the VIP cabanas.
Make your way to the center of the roof (sidestepping the aforementioned hot butts) and you'll find a sleek bar serving bites like citrus marinated chicken skewers, and pouring four drafts (including 901 Lager & Capitol City IPA) and cocktails from a jalapeno marg, to a Summer Rum Runner with blackberries, to a totally manly mango vodka & Prosecco drink called the Morning After, sure to make you even more of a pill.
They're somehow already full on pre-opening members, but here's what you can do to get in: 1) sign up for their waiting list, which they'll start pulling names from after their Sunday opening, and 2) be one of the first 50 to hit up the email below, which'll get you on the list for a Thrillist-only pool party, something DC's scene has never seen before.
Photos by Greg Powers