Last night we grabbed drinks at Wicked Wolf with the founder Hoboken’s wildly popular Back To Hoboken Bar Crawl and we couldn’t figure out why Hoboken doesn’t have a swanky roof top pool lounge. Is it too much to ask for a place where people who don’t head to Manasquan every summer weekend can stop by to have a few drinks, catch some rays and take a dip?
Hoboken may be a bust but there are plenty of swanky pool lounges in New York City. Our favorite is the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel roof top, you’ll recall our epic night with Microsoft and Maxim a few weeks back, but there are also five more gems that are open to the public you should check out before the summer is over.
The James New York
27 Grand Street
Pool dimensions: 20.5′ x 8.5′, maximum depth of 4′
Max. pool occupancy: 10
Guests-vs.-public policy: Open to hotel guests 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; open to patrons of the rooftop Jimmy Bar pool parties on Saturdays and Sundays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Amenities: Flip-flops, sunblock, and waterproof e-readers are available with the hotel’s “R&R” pool package.
Food: Snacks available after 12 p.m. from a menu provided by David Burke Kitchen, the hotel restaurant; fresh fruit provided to guests of the hotel
Bottle service available? No
518 West 27th Street
Pool dimensions: 22′ x 6.5′, maximum depth of 5′
Max. pool occupancy: 8
Guests-vs.-public policy: Open to hotel guests 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; open to the public after 6 p.m. (reservation preferred).
Amenities: Spanish fans and free frozen rosé-sangria Jell-O shots at sundown
Food: Available from the rooftop grill
Bottle service available? Yes, focusing on rosé wine, champagne, and mezcal
246 Spring Street
Pool dimensions: 60′ x 10′, maximum depth of 4′
Max. pool occupancy: 27
Guests-vs.-public policy: Open to hotel guests from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; in the evenings, the public can eat and drink at Bar d’Eau, the attached bar.
Amenities: Small waterfall; bocce-ball court (free to play); glare-proof-screen Kindle rentals preloaded with books and magazines
Food: Bar d’Eau serves high-end light fare (like spicy tuna tartare and Angus beef sliders) and cocktails from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Bottle service available? Yes, and Bar d’Eau is one of just a small number of New York City establishments to serve Moët Ice Impérial, the first-ever Champagne designed to be enjoyed over ice.