It’s almost the season for sunning ourselves by the pool — and two local hotels, Hotel Van Zandt and the Westin Austin, are offering the chance to kick it off this week. Both opened last year, so locals are just now getting the chance to check out their luxurious outdoor decks.
Hotel Van Zandt
In the Rainey Street district, Hotel Van Zandt is launching a monthly pool deck party called On Deck. Although the first On Deck was washed out last weekend because of weather, the hotel has moved it to this Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m., with all the same elements that were originally planned: live DJ music, tiki-themed beverages and stunning views of the city from the pool deck, located just outside of the live music-focused Geraldine’s on the fourth floor.
Jen Keyser, the chief of bar operations at Geraldine’s, is pouring up different themed cocktails for On Deck each month. The drink menu for this debut event includes the Jungle Bird, with Cruzan Black Strap rum, Campari, pineapple and lime; the Beachcomber with Bacardi Silver rum, Cointreau, lime and maraschino liqueur; and the frozen Blue Hawaiian, with Cruzan Gold rum, blue curacao, pineapple and coconut.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information — including any changes due to the weather — visit geraldinesaustin.com.
The Westin Austin
Azul, the Westin’s rooftop pool bar, recently opened in a limited capacity to locals and others who aren’t guests of the hotel. They can lay out with a drink from noon to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.
The cocktail list for Azul is tailored for Austin’s hot summer days ahead, with plenty of refreshing sippers available for $12. These include the Bubbly Bees Knees with Aviation Gin, honey, lemon and Prosecco; the Strawberry Sour with Plymouth Gin, strawberries, sherry and tiki bitters; and the Sunbathing Sour with rye, lemon, simple and bubbly red wine. The Bubbly Bees Knees is one of four cocktails on draft. Azul also has beers and wines available and snacks from the hotel’s restaurant Stella San Jac.
For more information, visit westinaustindowntown.com/austin-rooftop-pool.