In other, less fortunate clubbing cities such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City, summer pool season lasts only a few short months. Poor saps. In Miami, with pool weather year-round, it’s never the wrong time to start a weekly party that’s more about getting undressed than dressing up. With August waning, another contender has entered the increasingly crowded Sunday sunlight pool-party fray: Icon Sundaze at the Dream Hotel (1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach).
One of the stars of this party is the setting — the hotel’s newly hot Highbar. It’s a rooftop scene, making Icon Sundaze arguably the only Sunday pool party with a view of the whole island. The rest of the venue has retro touches such as sleek, white, low seating and vaguely ’70s flourishes like concrete cutouts and gold railings. DJ Angelo provides a suitably sexy soundtrack, with open-format selections spanning house, pop, hip-hop, and Latin.
Light bites for sale come courtesy of the hotel’s top-ranked New American restaurant, Tudor House. Whether you decide to go for hangover helper or hangover inducer, though, is up to you. The drinks sound temptingly benign enough to tilt toward the latter, with seemingly harmless ingredients like tropical fruits and coconut rum abounding on the menu. Day-drink at your own risk, but get it together by dinnertime, because this cool-out runs from noon till only 8 p.m. Admission is free, and leave the kids at home; it’s an adults-only affair.
Sun., Aug. 26, 12-8 p.m., 2012