Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp
Las Vegas (once again) meets San Diego, as Downtown's famous pool party rocks into its fourth year. Rivaling the talent bookings of Sin City herself, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego brings big names in music to its Intervention Sundays at Float. As usual, the season kicked off with a crowd of 1,500 and megastar DJ Paul Oakenfold. On deck are Roger Sanchez (May 6), Donald Glaude (May 13) and Steve Aoki (May 27). Bring sun block, not much clothing.
Sundays, noon - 5-ish p.m.
3125 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach
It's tough to improve on thousands of people in beachwear, dancing their derrieres off as some of the world's top DJs (like Scotland's Chris Lake, May 6, and Bingo Players, May 20) spin Mission Beach into a tizzy on a Sunday afternoon, but WaveHouse managed to amplify a good thing by offering shuttle bus transport to and from Pacific Beach for commuting partiers. Ride this wave of good times all summer long.
Sundays, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma
Sunday's popular Groove 24/7 brunch has returned to the poolside restaurant/bar at Pearl Hotel, where $22.50 gets you an entrée, endless mimosas and front-row seats to the DJ-driven poolside cocktail party that cooks well into the afternoon. Brunch, Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; pool open until 4 p.m.
2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park
Whoever says hipsters and water don't mix hasn't been to the poppin' pool parties at North Park's Lafayette Hotel, where DJs and live bands play-and bottle-service guests partying in the poolside suites play even harder.
Sundays, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
600 F St., Gaslamp
Cheeks and chic collide on the sexy pool deck at Andaz, splashing into spring and summer with a new lineup of specialty cocktails that make sip-sliding away to the city's top DJs the chillest way to spend a hot day Downtown. "To top it off, we have San Diego's hottest staff rocking the latest swimwear and poolside fashions," says the hotel's marketing director, Rachael Giannecchini.
Large-scale events on the Sundays before Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Because Sundays are too cool for just pool
GuestHouse at Stingaree
454 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp
Sunday Funday shenanigans reach new heights at REVIVE, the indoor, post-pool dance party at GuestHouse, where portable oxygen tanks, anti-hangover shots and coconut water rejuvenate patrons, stretching the weekend into its final frenzied hours. An on-site salon lavishes women with complimentary hair and makeup touchups. And when it's this late in the game, even the guys look good.
Sundays, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
536 Market St., Gaslamp
Before Sundays end, Five/Ten begins-it's when the pool parties empty out, and the indoor hot tubs fill up at Side Bar, a veritable swank-tank of who's-who...followed on Monday morning by the inevitable "OMG, what did I do?!"
Sundays, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
959 Hornblend St.,
Industry Sundays at Bar West lure those in spiked heels, not to mention those who've been drinking the spiked punch at pool parties all afternoon. "It's the perfect place to keep your day party going and keep wildin' out, if you feel so inclined," says operations director and hospitality honcho Chris Martin. "Def not for the faint of heart." Homegrown DJs and imports from L.A. and Vegas make the room go BOOM! Five-dollar specials make sure your wallet doesn't.
Sundays, 6 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. (club gets rolling at 9 p.m.)