I love Memorial Day weekend for a variety of reasons — my birthday falls on it most years, there’s bound to be a barbecue somewhere, and it’s the start of the Elevate pool party.
Chris Nicholson and Mike Zarin have hosted the event at the W hotel downtown since 2009. Local and international DJs create the poolside vibe. Attendees run the gamut from fashionably fabulous to freshly hungover. All are welcome to don a bathing suit and swim, dance, take in the 16th-floor view, sip luxuriously (read: expensive) yummy cocktails or do it all.
Zarin says there’s been an uptick in the number of condos sold in the building over the last year. In an effort to let the ballers who bought there get their fair share of sunshine, the event will be held from 4-10 p.m. It’s also going monthly.
So schedule the last Sunday of every month for sunbathing and beats at Elevate. Free with RSVP. There’s a capacity limit, so arrive early.