VegasChatter's 2012 Pool Scene Guide: New
NEW FOR 2012
Sick and tired of the same old GTL pool scene in Vegas? Here are some new ways to get Wet n' Wild on your visit to Sin City.
ARTISAN: New for this year seems to be Evolve Beach Club, a topless party for couples held every Saturday through summer’s end. Couples can make a risque splash for $65 per twosome. Local couples can chip $20 off that. Hotel guests are free.
AZURE: Our go-to pool for the 40-year-old Vegas pool virgin, or just for an upscale retreat, this season Azure pool-goers will find new daybeds, chairs, cuisine (big eye tuna tataki, fish tacos, a super sushi platter, and more) and cocktails. Cover is $20 for men or women.
HARD ROCK: Making a splash for the first time this year is Hard Rock’s Breathe Pool Lounge, part of its new Beachlife offerings. (Yes, it used to be Relax Pool, but that was then, people!) Touted as a “much-needed retreat from jam-packed crowds” (something HR knows a lot about), Breathe lets guests do just that while enjoying an eclectic music mix ranging from top 40 to Latin house. Cover is $20 for non-guests. Local ladies get in free. 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., Friday through Sunday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Bomb Pop at the Hard Rock until you can’t stop, this summer.
(Also at) HARD ROCK: Also a part of Hard Rock’s new beachlife experience, new poolside drinks and eats. New dishes include a tropical fruit plate, Ahi tuna wraps, veggie burgers, and more. And, don’t forget to toast the beachlife with one of several new cocktails, including Bomb Pop (shown above), made with Ciroc Red Berry, fresh sour, Sprite and a splash of Blue Curacao.
M RESORT: One of the many Vegas hotels sating our boozy ice cream cravings, M Resort is serving SnoBar treats at both the main pool and DayDream. We’re told a must-try is the Ultimate Root Beer Float, Brandy Alexander ice cream mixed with Olives Root Beer Vodka and served in a keepsake mug. Another tasty new addition to the M’s poolside menu is new yummy desserts (alcohol-free) like Frozen Bananas and Peanut Butter Pie. M’s Main Pool is open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
NEW YORK-NEW YORK: Not to be outdone, New York-New York closed its entire pool deck down this spring for a major remodel. It reopened May 17 and features more poolside space, daybeds and a new swim-up fountain, too!
THE COSMOPOLITAN: Already the sultans of pool panache, The Cosmopolitan now has even more ways to enjoy its elevated Strip-view Boulevard Pool. BLVD Social Club offers live indie music sets poolside every Thursday night ($20) while Bubbles & Brunch offer just that in the poolside Overlook Grill every Saturday and Sunday ($40). Movies by the pool are being offered, too. Top Gun will be shown on May 21.
TAO BEACH: Things will get really hot at TAO Beach this season as they feature Maxim Fridays this year. Yes, that Maxim. And, more especially, those hot cover models.Admission is typically $20 for men, $10 for the women.
[PHOTOS: Artisan; VegasChatter; M Resort; Beachlife via Erik Kabik/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; New York-New York/Facebook; The Cosmopolitan/Facebook and Maxim Fridays via Al Powers/Powers Imagery]