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Better Late Than Never: Houston’s Adult Swim Club Opens In Time for Labor Day

Pop bottles in a bikini at El Segundo Swim Club starting on Friday

Cocktails at El Segundo Swim Club.
El Segundo Swim Club/official photo

El Segundo Swim Club, billed as Houston’s only private outdoor swim club and bar, starts pouring paloma pitchers poolside on Friday, August 30.

The airy adult-only oasis first emerged in the Second Ward last summer, but only as a pop-up over two weekends, according to a rep for the bar. Now the urban respite at 5180 Avenue L is fully finished, decked out with a bohemian-meets-industrial chic design by Gin Design Group (behind Houston hotspots like Herb & Beet and Ruggles Green).

Hip Coachella vibes are aplenty at the orange umbrella-lined pool, filled with hammocks, swaying palms, and shipping containers-turned-cabanas splashed with retro surfboard prints. The pool was late to the party this summer due to construction and permitting delays of its full buildout.

The beverage menu, curated by master Houston mixologist Chris Frankel, features a flurry of fruity elixirs and pitchers for five ($35), on-trend White Claw, and canned beers and wines like potent Babe rose. A “by the book” section includes short summer reads for $15.

Scope out the menu here:

Fare from local food trucks will be available for purchase in the coming weeks.

For its opening day (3 p.m. to sunset), access is free. On Saturday and Sunday, the heated pool will stay open through midnight alongside DJs spinning tracks.

Bottles of bubbly start at $60 for growers champagne, up to $300 for Krug.
El Segundo Swim Club/official photo
The pebble-lined entrance to El Segundo.
El Segundo Swim Club/official photo
Perks include free towel and sunscreen service.
El Segundo Swim Club/official photo
Patrons can rent colorful cabanas.
El Segundo Swim Club/official photo

The swim club is open through the duration of summer (late October-ish) every Friday from 3 p.m. to sunset, Saturday from 11 a.m. to sunset, and Sunday from 12 p.m. to sunset, with plans to expand hours in the upcoming weeks.

A limited amount of discounted day passes are available daily for $20 online, with regular admission for $29.