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Vida’s two rooftop pools pair tacos and tortilla chips with wines by the glass starting at $8.
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Sip and Swim at These D.C. Pools With Drinks

Cool off at a pool with a bar this summer

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Vida’s two rooftop pools pair tacos and tortilla chips with wines by the glass starting at $8.
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Need an escape during the last days of summer in D.C.? Crowded public pools aren’t the only option when the heat becomes too much to bear. Several hotels across the city offer day passes to their swanky pools, complete with trendy bars for patrons to drink the day away.

Better yet, some even have menus with a variety of snacks for pool-goers to enjoy, eliminating the need to lug around self-packed lunches (Omni is all about passion fruit this year, while Capitol Skyline is integrating watermelon across cocktails). Other pools are for guests only, but they can provide an excuse for a staycation on weekends that are too hot to battle traffic leaving the city. Whatever the reason, take a dip and sip a cocktail at one these luxurious D.C.'s hotel pools.

—Updated by Tierney Plumb

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Omni Shoreham Hotel

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2500 Calvert St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 234-0700
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Staycation alert: the hotel’s Splash! Pool Bar and 11-acre gardens are only accessible to guests and members with seasonal passes (no day passes available). The recently renovated outdoor destination, lined with lounge chairs and literally shaped like a splash of water, is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The bar, open at 11 a.m. daily, is all about passion fruit this summer. The sweet fruit makes its way into daiquiris, Palomas, salads, pork spring rolls, and caprese salads.

Omni’s heated pool.
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2. The Rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel

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2015 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 265-1600
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Located in the heart of Dupont, the Rooftop’s heated pool requires guests to purchase their day passes online this year ($15 for kids and $30 for adults), with food and drink service Friday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. One pass perk this year is weekend rooftop yoga at 8 a.m.

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3. Viceroy Mason & Rook Hotel

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1430 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 742-3100
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This postage stamp-sized rooftop pool in Logan Circle is only accessible for hotel guests by day. At 5 p.m., the space flips, and the bar opens to the public. Hotel executive chef Jonathan Dearden and the Radiator restaurant team offer bar bites, cocktails, beer, and wine.

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4. Washington Plaza Hotel

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10 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 842-1300
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Only hotel guests can go to the pool at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle. Staycationers can head to the royal blue chaises lining the pool, and dine at the International Lounge’s poolside terrace for hotel fare like fried calamari and quesadillas. The pool is open through September 8.

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5. DNV Rooftop Lounge

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1155 14th St NW Fl 14
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 379-4366
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While DNV Rooftop’s gorgeous view of Thomas Circle hasn’t changed, it’s now owned by Viceroy (not Kimpton). Lead bartender Justin Golash serves spiked slushies, boozy ice pops, orange crushes, and a large-format drink in a beach bucket. The food menu includes grilled mahi-mahi tacos and drunken pork ribs. The pool is only accessible to guests during the day, but its lounge opens to the public at 4 p.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends. On weekends there are resident DJs and a Sunday pool party (noon to 5 p.m., $10 at the door) that includes a free canned cocktail and brunch options like shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles.

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6. The Liaison Capitol Hill, a Yotel

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Home to the largest rooftop pool in D.C., boutique Liaison Hotel (now a Yotel affiliate) offers $25 day passes for non-guests swimming from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and $50 on weekends (Friday to Sunday) at the newly renovated respite. Non-hotel guests may enjoy free access to the Rooftop Bar after 5 p.m. daily. At the bar, find canned craft beers, rosé and sparkling wines, sangrias and classic cocktails. For $200 (and $400 on weekends), rent one large cabana and receive all-day rooftop access for four guests. An adult-only swim party (over 21) starts at 8 p.m. Alongside a rotating lineup of frozen drinks, try the $14 Piña Dorada (charred pineapple mezcal, lime, simple, chile rim).

 

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7. Capitol Skyline Hotel

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10 I St SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 488-7500

Capitol Skyline’s pool deck was once known for its crazy weekend pool party vibes, but it’s chilled out in recent years. Non-members can purchase a $45 day pass for the pool, open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The hotel’s Morris Bar & Lounge, open until midnight daily, overlooks the outdoor pool deck. This year watermelon makes its way into a cosmo, mojito, and sangria ($14 per glass or $35 per pitcher). Popular menu items include a turkey club on rye bread or an 8-ounce burger with fries ($12 and $15).

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8. Penthouse Pool and Lounge

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1212 4th St
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 748-5860
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Luxury gym VIDA Fitness opens its rooftop pool to members, and guest passes start at $19. People willing to commit to a $300 food and beverage minimum can rent a private cabana with HDTV on the weekends (read more here). As it is a fitness club, this summer menu includes items like a “skinny” spiked lemonade, a “super healthy quinoa wrap,” and an Impossible burger. Both pools, located at The Yards and U Street, are open beginning at 10 a.m. every day and open as late as 1 a.m. on weekends.

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1. Omni Shoreham Hotel

2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Omni’s heated pool.
Omni/official photo

Staycation alert: the hotel’s Splash! Pool Bar and 11-acre gardens are only accessible to guests and members with seasonal passes (no day passes available). The recently renovated outdoor destination, lined with lounge chairs and literally shaped like a splash of water, is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The bar, open at 11 a.m. daily, is all about passion fruit this summer. The sweet fruit makes its way into daiquiris, Palomas, salads, pork spring rolls, and caprese salads.

2500 Calvert St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

2. The Rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel

2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
The Embassy Row Hotel/Facebook

Located in the heart of Dupont, the Rooftop’s heated pool requires guests to purchase their day passes online this year ($15 for kids and $30 for adults), with food and drink service Friday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. One pass perk this year is weekend rooftop yoga at 8 a.m.

2015 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

3. Viceroy Mason & Rook Hotel

1430 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Mason & Rook/official photo

This postage stamp-sized rooftop pool in Logan Circle is only accessible for hotel guests by day. At 5 p.m., the space flips, and the bar opens to the public. Hotel executive chef Jonathan Dearden and the Radiator restaurant team offer bar bites, cocktails, beer, and wine.

1430 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

4. Washington Plaza Hotel

10 Thomas Circle, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Washington Plaza Hotel/Facebook

Only hotel guests can go to the pool at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle. Staycationers can head to the royal blue chaises lining the pool, and dine at the International Lounge’s poolside terrace for hotel fare like fried calamari and quesadillas. The pool is open through September 8.

10 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

5. DNV Rooftop Lounge

1155 14th St NW Fl 14, Washington, D.C. 20005
DNV Rooftop/Facebook

While DNV Rooftop’s gorgeous view of Thomas Circle hasn’t changed, it’s now owned by Viceroy (not Kimpton). Lead bartender Justin Golash serves spiked slushies, boozy ice pops, orange crushes, and a large-format drink in a beach bucket. The food menu includes grilled mahi-mahi tacos and drunken pork ribs. The pool is only accessible to guests during the day, but its lounge opens to the public at 4 p.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends. On weekends there are resident DJs and a Sunday pool party (noon to 5 p.m., $10 at the door) that includes a free canned cocktail and brunch options like shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles.

1155 14th St NW Fl 14
Washington, D.C. 20005

6. The Liaison Capitol Hill, a Yotel

Washington, D.C.
Jai Williams/The Liaison Hotel

Home to the largest rooftop pool in D.C., boutique Liaison Hotel (now a Yotel affiliate) offers $25 day passes for non-guests swimming from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and $50 on weekends (Friday to Sunday) at the newly renovated respite. Non-hotel guests may enjoy free access to the Rooftop Bar after 5 p.m. daily. At the bar, find canned craft beers, rosé and sparkling wines, sangrias and classic cocktails. For $200 (and $400 on weekends), rent one large cabana and receive all-day rooftop access for four guests. An adult-only swim party (over 21) starts at 8 p.m. Alongside a rotating lineup of frozen drinks, try the $14 Piña Dorada (charred pineapple mezcal, lime, simple, chile rim).

 

7. Capitol Skyline Hotel

10 I St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
Capitol Skyline/Facebook

Capitol Skyline’s pool deck was once known for its crazy weekend pool party vibes, but it’s chilled out in recent years. Non-members can purchase a $45 day pass for the pool, open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The hotel’s Morris Bar & Lounge, open until midnight daily, overlooks the outdoor pool deck. This year watermelon makes its way into a cosmo, mojito, and sangria ($14 per glass or $35 per pitcher). Popular menu items include a turkey club on rye bread or an 8-ounce burger with fries ($12 and $15).

10 I St SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

8. Penthouse Pool and Lounge

1212 4th St, Washington, D.C. 20003
Travis Vaughn Photography/TravisVaughn.com

Luxury gym VIDA Fitness opens its rooftop pool to members, and guest passes start at $19. People willing to commit to a $300 food and beverage minimum can rent a private cabana with HDTV on the weekends (read more here). As it is a fitness club, this summer menu includes items like a “skinny” spiked lemonade, a “super healthy quinoa wrap,” and an Impossible burger. Both pools, located at The Yards and U Street, are open beginning at 10 a.m. every day and open as late as 1 a.m. on weekends.

1212 4th St
Washington, D.C. 20003

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