Photograph By: Kambria Fischer
Photograph By: Kambria Fischer

10 Resorts With the Freshest Poolside Cocktails in All of Southern California

Sweeten Your Summer With These Refreshing Sips in the Comfort of a Cabana

Lounging poolside never goes out of style. The only thing that makes soaking up the summer sun even better is a refreshing, cool cocktail in hand as you relax and unwind. Thankfully, Southern California has an impressive array of hotels with stellar pools (and stacked cocktail lists to match) that’ll set the scene for an epic summer. These crafty beverages all feature a splash of smooth Milagro Tequila, which will have you saying, “Just one more.” Best Poolside Cocktails SoCal

 

Mission Pacific Hotel

Must-Try Cocktail: Pacific Time

Mission Pacific Hotel is located in Oceanside—a quaint beach town in San Diego’s northern county. The sixth floor of the Mission Pacific houses a stunning pool and rooftop bar, offering guests panoramic ocean views and prime access to uninterrupted sunlight! The style is clean and minimal, showcasing the unbeatable views of the pier, palm trees and big blue. The spacious bar area and pool deck is the perfect place to sip on their signature Pacific Time cocktail; it’s both refreshing and flavorful with its citrusy combination of cucumber, pineapple, turmeric and lime. It can be ordered with any liquor, but it’s best complemented by a shot (or two) of Milagro Tequila.

Location: Oceanside

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Must-Try Cocktail: Jalapeño Margarita

If you’re looking for something that is both family-friendly and in the heart of the desert, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is the place for an epic summer vacay. If you’re looking to escape to a more peaceful oasis, however, set yourself up in a cabana near the adults-only pool and enjoy a refreshing Jalapeño Margarita crafted with Milagro Tequila, triple sec, sweet and sour and a salt rim. Countless palm trees, a view of the desert mountains, the warm sun and a cocktail in hand––this is livin’! 

Location: Indian Wells

Best Poolside Cocktails SoCal

Andaz San Diego

Must-Try Cocktail: Palo-me

Perched on the top of the Andaz San Diego sits The Rooftop by STK, a shishi restaurant and bar with strong drinks and unbeatable views of the San Diego skyline. This sky-high rooftop oasis offers ample seating and features a retractable roof and a lineup of live DJ performances. It’s the perfect place to catch an iconic San Diego sunset and toast to a weekend well-spent! Rent a furnished poolside cabana for the day and sip on a selection of crafty cocktails––we love the Palo-me, made with tequila, grapefruit, lime, agave and soda! Be sure to select Milagro Tequila for an elevated sipping experience!

Location: Downtown San Diego

 

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Must-Try Cocktail: Love Wins

Located in the coastal neighborhood of La Jolla, this hacienda-style hotel is all sorts of eye candy with its lush grounds, terracotta accents and a charming Spanish-colonial vibe. The property’s saltwater pool and adults-only jacuzzi provide a tranquil space to sip back and relax. Reserve a luxury cabana for some shade and order a handcrafted cocktail from Mustangs & Burros to take to the pool! This on-site Baja-inspired restaurant has an expansive list of thirst-quenching summer drinks—we love the Love Wins cocktail with Milagro Añejo Tequila, lavender, butterfly pea tea and lemon!

Location: La Jolla

Best Poolside Cocktails SoCal

The Wayfarer Downtown Los Angeles

Must-Try Cocktail: Tequil-ing Me Softly

Eager for a rooftop rendezvous? The Wayfarer DTLA offers locals and travelers a sky-high experience like none other. This funky-fresh highrise in the heart of downtown boasts an expansive, open-air rooftop complete with luxury lounge seating, heaters, umbrellas, a full-service bar and sweeping views of the Los Angeles skyline. If you’re feelin’ frisky, belly up to the bar and order the Tequil-ing Me Softly cocktail, crafted with Milagro Silver Tequila, watermelon, Aperol, lime, mint and tajin!

Location: Downtown Los Angeles

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Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Must-Try Cocktail: Chili Margarita

Orange County’s Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is a laid-back retreat on the city’s Back Bay—the perfect spot for a mellow escape. The hotel’s pool is tucked away, giving it a sense of privacy and exclusivity. If you’re craving a tropical drink with a bit of a kick, try their Chili Margarita, featuring Milagro Tequila, chili-infused orange liqueur, agave, lemon, lime and a Tajin rim.

Location: Newport Beach

Best Poolside Cocktails SoCal

Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

Must-Try Cocktail: Veneno

Perhaps one of the chicest hotels on our list is the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel. This desert hideaway features sleek urban design elements along with epic scenery, and the pool deck is simply spectacular. The minimalist vibe paired with a Veneno cocktail (Milagro Tequila, yellow chartreuse, strawberry aperol and fresh lime) will truly put you in vacation mode. This is one of the only rooftops in Palm Springs, making it a must-visit destination for any visitor! 

Location: Palm Springs

 

Andaz West Hollywood

Must-Try Cocktail: Jalapeño Margarita

The Andaz West Hollywood is one of LA’s most vibrant and modern hotels. The pool deck at Andaz features red accents that embrace the notion of having “fun in the sun,” all while maintaining a very cool and exclusive vibe with views of the Hollywood hills. Spice up your summer in a white, cushioned cabana while sipping on a Jalapeño Margarita that features Milagro Tequila with a dash of pineapple, finished off with a salt and cayenne pepper rim.

Location: West Hollywood

Costa Mesa Marriott

Must-Try Cocktail: More Amore

The outdoor pool at the Costa Mesa Marriott is a private spot in the heart of OC, perfect for lounging the day away. In addition to having the standard reclining pool chairs, there are also a few cabanas for use. Sun or shade? The choice is yours. Kick back, relax and try their signature More Amore cocktail with Milagro Tequila, passion fruit puree and ginger liqueur.

Location: Costa Mesa

Best Poolside Cocktails SoCal

The Westin Pasadena

Must-Try Cocktail: Elderflower Paloma

While Pasadena might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of places to lounge poolside in Los Angeles, The Westin Pasadena boasts stunning views of the city’s skyline and the Pasadena courthouse. You’re away from the hustle and bustle of the city, making for a truly relaxing afternoon. If you’re looking for something to cool you off from the heat, try sipping on an Elderflower Paloma. This refreshing summer sip is crafted with Milagro Tequila, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and St. Germain Elderflower—talk about the perfect buzz!

Location: Pasadena

Best Poolside Cocktails SoCal

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Hello! My name is Allie Lebos and I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school I was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating I have written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. I currently live in Santa Monica where I love to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach. I have published articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals. I think Locale Magazine highlights the beauty of Southern California in a unique and expansive way, and I would love to be able to contribute to the creative expression it promotes!

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​Currently based in San Diego, ​Kambria Fischer is a lifestyle photo​grapher known for her impactful​, authentic​ ​imagery​ of lifestyle brands, food, ​people and travel.​​ ​​She holds a ​BA in Journalism​ and Public Relations​​ from CSULB and has an accomplished professional background in the hospitality and tourism industries. You can find Kambria hiking or playing beach volleyball on the weekends and eating tacos almost any night of the week.
Visit her at www.kambriafischer.com.

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