10 Best Swim-Up Bar Destinations In the US

by Ciara Pate

To swim or to sip; that is the question. But in a swim-up bar, either/or is not a part of the equation. So, wade into the deep end with the drink of your choice for a summer of swimming up and sitting pretty. Keep reading for all the scoop on the best swim-up bar destination in the U.S. Because who says you can’t be pruney and plastered?

1. Margarita’s @ Wilderness Resort

While the kids are away, the parents will play. Margarita’s is a relaxing getaway while the kids take advantage of the water excursions nearby. It’s in one of the largest water parks in the world. It is located inside the Wild Waterdome, one of four indoor waterparks at the resort. Unwind in an adults-only destination amidst 1,400 feet of calming water.

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin | website

2. D.I.P Aqua Bar + Lounge @ Room Mate Grace

In the city that never sleeps, lies a pool bar that never skimps— on aesthetic or delicious cocktails. This bar is placed in the heart of Manhattan. Located in the Room Mate Grace boutique hotel, this swim-up bar provides an upbeat club vibe to the swimcation of your dreams.

New York, New York | website

3. Camden on the Lake Resort Arctic Bar

Once July in MO hits, so do the heat waves. Sure, you can get your favorite mixed drink delivered to you poolside, but once the water becomes as warm as the air, even the pool can feel like a sauna. Worry not! Camden on the Lake Resort is home to the Ozarks’ only arctic bar. This bar is complete with 18 feet of ice. Sign. Us. Up.

Lake Ozark, Missouri | website

4. Tropicana Resort Pool

With this tricked out swim-up bar experience, you can always bet on a good time. The Tropicana Las Vegas pool has been named one of the best in Sin City, largely for its many amenities. In addition to a whirlpool and spa, Tropicana offers swim-up blackjack complete with a “reverse” happy hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Las Vegas, Nevada | website

Not sure what to wear for this boozy bar experience? These swimsuits are so affordable, you can wear a different one every day of your vacation!

5. North Beach Plantation

Slip into a sanctuary of Southern Comfort. Whatever your pool preferences, the North Beach Plantation is sure to accommodate. Besides their Caribbean-inspired swim-up bar, guests can partake in hot tub spas, cabanas and a lazy river. 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina | website

6. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

When there’s a swim-up bar in something called a Serenity Pool, it’s got to be worth visiting. This 2,650-square-foot oasis touts an underwater speaker system plus private cabanas decked out with HD televisions. There are even poolside massages. But, how can you have knots when you’re spending your day at a place like this?

Wailea, Maui, Hawaii | website

7. H20 at San Luis Resort

This is a swim-up spot where you can lose yourself. You can enjoy the waterfall, grotto spa, hot tub or even the surrounding red-roof gazebos. In any of these places of the Resort, you can dive and drink as you please.

Galveston, Texas | website

8. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Nestled along the coastline of Kohala, guests can dip into several different pool experiences. The Palm Grove is your one-stop swim for all things alcoholic. It’s a great spot for couples without much traffic. There’s an infinity pool nearby, plus nature-inspired specialty drinks.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii | website

9. Backwater Jacks

This is yet another great swim-up bar destination in the Lake of the Ozarks. Backwater Jacks has easy access to docks from the lake. Be sure to not only check out their drinks as you take a dip, but their food options too. It’s a great place to get a nice alcoholic drink and some sushi to die for.

Osage, Missouri | website

10. Mist Bar Put in Bay

If you’re looking for a great place to get away from everyone and everything, check no further. This swim-up bar is a bit smaller than most but has a great atmosphere. There’s a DJ keeping the fun vibes going and plenty of room to get a bit of sun. Located in Ohio, it’s a great place in the Midwest to cool down on a hot day!

Put-in-Bay, Ohio | website

Ditch the kiddie pool and plan your next vacation to one of these dream drinking destinations!


If you’re still trying to figure out the perfect swimsuit to wear to these swim-up bars this summer, check out these 6 flattering swimwear trends! And if you need a dress for your day time, check out which summer dress style works best for you!

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