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Houston’s Upscale Swim Club Dramatically Reopens — Inside El Segundo’s Adults-Only, Pool Party Scene

Splashing in Champagne

BY // 08.30.19

The Second Ward might just become the No. 1 place to spend those hot Houston days. El Segundo Swim Club is back and better than ever. It’s making quite the splash this Labor Day weekend, with a dramatic grand reopening.

Located at 5180 Avenue L, El Segundo Swim Club initially opened for its first season last year but had to close due to construction and permitting issues. But now, sun worshippers are welcome to get their swim on. The resort-pool scene is for guests 21 and up only.

The bold, eye-catching and even kitschy private swim club is modeled after vintage 1970s Rio. Gin Design Group gave the swim club an industrial-chic vibe, bursting with color — in art installations, murals and shipping containers-turned-technicolor-cabanas, which are available for rental.

Bikinis and bubbly. Pool floats and palomas.

What more could you want?

You only have to venture 10 minutes outside of Downtown to find this 15,000-square-foot oasis. The expansive sparkling pool itself comes in at 1,350 square feet for swimmers to lay back, soak up the sun and sip on a White Claw. Or two. Or 10.

Chris Frankel helms the umbrella-shaded  full-service bar, bringing upscale bartending expertise from stints at Spare Key and RDG Bar Annie.

El Segundo’s swimming in champagne, cocktails, beer by the can or pitcher and mixed-drink carafes.

You’ll find munchies from local food trucks in the coming weeks. Daily admission will only set you back $20 — if you time it right and buy in advance. Wait too long, and the day pass jumps up to $29. For today’s Friday reopening only, admission is completely free.

The hours are almost endless, and will be until Houston cools down — so, for the foreseeable future. Fridays, the pool paradise is open from 3 pm to sunset. Saturday hours run 11 am to sunset. And Sundays the party goes from noon to sunset. DJs spin on Saturdays and Sundays, adding even more to the chill vibe.

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