Summer Sips

The 8 coolest Austin spots for poolside sips

The 8 coolest Austin spots for poolside sips

JW Marriott Austin pool drink
A rooftop oasis with signature frozen cocktails awaits at JW Marriott Austin. JW Marriott Austin/Facebook
W Austin Hotel pool
The Wet Deck at W Austin regularly hosts public pool parties. Photo courtesy of W Austin
Kitty Cohen's Austin bar cocktails drinks Key Party punch outdoor patio pool
Dip your toes into Kitty Cohen's pool while you enjoy refreshing sips. Photo by Nicole Raney
Hotel Ella pool
Hotel Ella offers a quiet poolside retreat. Hotel Ella/Facebook
JW Marriott Austin pool drink
W Austin Hotel pool
Kitty Cohen's Austin bar cocktails drinks Key Party punch outdoor patio pool
Hotel Ella pool

Sometimes the only way to escape the summer heat is to cool down by a pool, drink in hand. Here are the best Austin spots where you can sip a frosty summer drink, poolside. 

Azul at The Westin Austin Downtown
Azul is a rooftop pool bar with an amazing sunset view of the city and great drinks to boot. Sundays are "fun days" with music provided by a DJ from 1 to 5 pm, and light bites to enjoy along with your drinks.

Geraldine's at Hotel Van Zandt
Some of the most creative cocktails in town are conjured up by Geraldine's staff, and you can bet they will have a great selection of frozen delights ready to serve on its outdoor patio, with views of the pool. The actual pool deck is open to the public on special occasions, like the upcoming On Deck event June 25.

Edge Rooftop Pool bar at JW Marriott Austin
Far away from the hustle and bustle of Congress Avenue is a rooftop oasis where signature frozen cocktails await. Be transported to the Caribbean with your first sip of the El Capitan. Open to the public daily from 5-10 pm.

Four Seasons Hotel Austin
One of Austin's best-kept secrets is that after you can enjoy a relaxing spa treatment at the newly revamped Four Season's Spa you can add on a day at the pool for a mere $25. Ask for their latest tropical creation, the Oh Tiki, Tiki, made with Austin’s own Treaty Oak rum.

Hotel Ella
The Parlor Bar screams cool and is a great place to meet friends for happy hour and beyond. Enjoy your drinks inside, on the wrap around porch, or poolside. It may not be frozen, but they also make one of the best Moscow Mules in town.

Kitty Cohen's
Kitty Cohen's is sexy East Austin bar specializing in refreshing cocktails designed to be sipped throughout the day. During summer, Kitty's Daiquiri Shack, located out back by the adorable pool, swirls frozen concoctions. 

South Congress Hotel
Take a full bar and food provided by Café No Se a la carte and throw in pool passes for $20 per person to enjoy it all Monday through Friday, 11 am to 10 pm, and you've got a good reason to take a mental health day — no doctor's note required.

Wet Deck at W Austin
If you like your frozen drinks served with a side of music, this is the place. Check out the Night Swim Thursdays with live music from 5-9 pm and Soundwave Weekenders every Sunday and Monday holidays from noon until sundown with DJ Bird Peterson.