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Poolside Paradise: 5 Pools in Dallas for Summer Sips and Soirées

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Despite the heat, summer in Texas is all about being outdoors: Cookouts and barbecues, sunsets at the lake, concerts and events underneath the stars and, of course, poolside lounging accompanied by cold beer (or the drink of summer 2017, frosé) and good company. Many of Dallas’ most picturesque hotel pools become the hotbed of a style-savvy social crowd in the summer (think a miniature version of Las Vegas’ legendary pool parties), while others that are ideal for a slightly more mellow experience along with handcrafted cocktails, a swanky lounge vibe and stunning skyline views. Whichever your preference, these luxe resort pools are the perfect destination to strut your stuff and heat up your weekend in style.

Poolside at Hotel Zaza

An annual tradition at this luxury boutique hotel in Uptown, Poolside at Hotel Zaza is the ultimate nightlife destination during the summertime. After 6 pm, the pool opens to the public, where patrons can enjoy the full bar, bottle service (214.550.9500 to reserve) and a DJ spinning from 10 pm until 2 am. Bring your best dance moves, order a Za Lemonade or the Big Flirt from the bar, and enjoy the hip, resort-style club vibes.

WET Deck at W Dallas Victory Hotel

The W in Victory Park hosts a weekly Summer Sundaze fête every week from noon to 6 pm through Labor Day at the WET Deck. A live DJ, signature cocktails, top-shelf bottle service and a bistro menu make for an epic summertime bash—all with a view 16 stories high. In addition to Summer Sundaze, the WET Deck also plays host to yoga and fitness classes and other special events—some of which are even free. 

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The infinity pool at the WET Deck, 16 stories up at the W Dallas Victory Hotel (Courtesy Social Revolt Agency/Facebook)

Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh

Known to locals simply as "The Stoneleigh," this chic hotel has quietly maintained its identity as a posh, sophisticated retreat in the heart of Dallas. Since the elegant Uptown mainstay recently debuted a fresh new look following renovations, however, it's been making waves in the neighborhood's nightlife crowd as of late. The Stoneleigh's resident DJ Blake Ward, along with special guests, brings the good vibes and good times every Saturday and Sunday starting at noon throughout the summer, in addition to Friday evenings at the hotel. 

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(Courtesy Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh/Facebook)

SISU Uptown Resort

For a Las Vegas-like experience, head to SISU in the heart of Uptown. The resort’s outdoor pool deck (and let's face it: the pool itself) becomes a dance floor as DJs spin the best in deep house, hip-hop and today's hits. There's also a hookah bar and a local pop-up featuring swimsuits, cover-ups, accessories and more. Jax Jones headlines the party at SISU on Sunday, July 9, and the modern house/techno legend Claude Von Stroke takes the stage on July 30. Check out more events and buy tickets online to reserve your spot, as many sell out. VIP/Cabana reservations: 469.888.3286

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SISU Uptown Resort become a Vegas-style pool party during daytime concerts. (©Michael Holtberg)

NYLO South Side

Arguably the pool with the best view of the iconic Dallas skyline, the NYLO South Side is home to Terrace Bistro and SoDa Bar (short for ‘South Dallas’), where visitors are invited to sip specialty cocktails and frosty adult beverages whilst enjoying the Instagram-worthy view and live music on select nights.

SoDa Bar's epic view of downtown from the top of the NYLO South Side hotel. (Courtesy NYLO Hotels)