Sure, Florida is practically synonymous with the beach, but sometimes, it’s about more than sand and surf. When you want to dress up in your best suit and be on the scene looking good and having fun by the water—especially if you’ve worked hard on that six-pack this spring—think beyond the waves. Imagine all the glamor of a Vegas pool party, mixed with the hip vibe of a South Beach soiree, and translate that to Tampa’s hottest hotels. Here are two places in Tampa doing pool parties right with the perfect mix of cosmopolitan chic and local flair


Photo credit 813area Photographers at  Aloft Tampa Downtown

Aloft Tampa Downtown 's Sunday pool parties at 100 W. Kennedy Blvd. in Downtown Tampa are always ridiculously fun and entertaining. On a typical Sunday party, you can expect $5 Champagne, Bellinis and Mimosas, $6 Three Olives vodka drinks and bottle specials including Ciroc, Patron or Grey Goose and more depending on the occassion.. Get there by noon to enjoy complimentary drinks until 1 p.m., the DJ's are guaranteed to have you dancing in the sun and having loads of fun. Sunday, July 2nd plan on celebrating in your best Red, White and Blue bathing suit at the Issa 2Lit Pool Party at Aloft Downtown Tampa. To stay connected to all the Tampa pool party fun at Aloft this summer register above and check their 813area business page for upcoming Events.


Photo credit 813area Photographers at Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa

Down in SoHo, the Epicurean Hotel hosts Summer SPLASH Sundays every second Sunday at the pool from 1-6 p.m. One of the city’s hippest summer destinations, this event features craft cocktails, beer specials and Big Green Egg BBQ. Float in the pool or move to the tunes of DJ Fresh and the Certified Fresh DJs. Don’t want to mingle with just anybody? That’s OK too. Reserve a VIP section for $250, which gets you bottle service and an outdoor cooling system that can service up to 10 guests. Admission is $15 or at the door and always sells out so be quick to buy tickets. The next Tampa pool party at the Epicurean is July 9th.  Pssst - a little birdie told us if you sign up for Epicurean’s monthly newsletter, you get complimentary admission. From their 813area business page navigate to their website to join. Be sure to register here too to stay connected and find great things to do in Tampa all year long including Nightlife, Family-Friendly, Free and much more!