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Here are 3 new poolside bars to try soon in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale

Tirion Morris
Arizona Republic

A trip to a tropical island or the California coast may not be in the cards this year, but metro Phoenix now has three new options for sipping cocktails while waterside. 

For vacationers, stay-cationers or those who are just looking to get outside of their backyards, three new pool bars are settling in to metro Phoenix.

Those considering heading to a bar should remember that as of Wednesday, Arizona had one of the highest overall infection rates of COVID-19 in the country and going out anywhere poses more of a health risk than staying home.

But for those looking to venture out, experts say eating and drinking outside is a better option. 

Here are three new metro Phoenix pool bars to check out: 

Lylo at Arrive Hotel

Cocktail fans may recognize Ross Simon as owner of the award-winning downtown Phoenix bar Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour and co-owner of swanky hotel spot Little Rituals. Now Simon's new pool bar Lylo is making waves.

The bar opened Sept. 1 at uptown Phoenix's new Arrive Hotel on Camelback Road just west of Third Avenue. It is open to both hotel guests and the public. 

Stop in to try any of the 14 specialty cocktails, including a rum-spiked Dole whip that inspires memories of Disneyland, a spicy mango cocktail with mezcal and a few favorites from the Bitter & Twisted menu as well.

"Lazy Daze" at Lylo Pool Bar at Arrive Hotel in Phoenix on Aug. 30, 2020.

And Lylo's menu doesn't stop at drinks. Guests can also order a bowl of poke, roll of spam musubi or a bucket of fried chicken. 

While restrictions are still in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, capacity at the pool and bar are limited. Reservations are recommended. Swimming is permitted for hotel guests and the public with a minimum food spend or cover fee. 

Details: Lylo at Arrive Hotel, 400 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 480-536-8900, arrivehotels.com/phoenix.

Alibi at Canopy Tempe

The Kissed By A Rose cocktail at Alibi, downtown Tempe's newest rooftop pool bar. The cocktail is made with Effen Rose Vodka, Pama Marie Brizard, watermelon, lemon juice and hibiscus flower water.

As of June, downtown Tempe visitors have a new place to stay and locals have a new spot to relax by the pool at the Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown Hotel.

Take in the views of downtown Tempe at Alibi, the pool bar on the 14th floor of the hotel.

Head to the roof to enjoy a menu of poke, pork buns and tacos accompanied by craft cocktails.

Some local favorites have found their spot on the menu, including Tempe-based Arizona Distilling Company's Copper City Bourbon, which joins watermelon and lemon in the Copper City Crush.

Seasonal beer selections from Phoenix's Walter Station Brewery are available as well.

The bar is open to the public onThursdays and Fridays from 3-11 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The pool is open only to hotel guests and those who purchase a resort pass to swim. 

Details: Alibi at the Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown, 108 E. University Drive, Tempe. 602-612-7872, alibitempe.com.

The view from Alibi, the new rooftop pool bar at the Canopy by Hilton hotel in downtown Tempe.

Outrider Rooftop Lounge at Canopy Scottsdale

Canopy hotels are springing up around the Valley, and another location is nearly ready to open in Scottsdale. 

Like its Tempe neighbor, the Scottsdale Canopy will also include a rooftop pool bar for hotel guests and the public to enjoy. Find Outrider Rooftop Lounge on the hotel's seventh floor, opening Oct. 1.

As the hotel opens in phases, Outrider will start with a small menu of food and drinks from Cobre, the hotel's on-site restaurant. Take in the views of Camelback Mountain and Old Town Scottsdale while sampling small bites and cocktails inspired by Arizona flavors.

Along with the pool, the rooftop bar includes a fire pit, turf areas, lounge and bar seating throughout. 

Outrider Rooftop Lounge will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. The pool and cabana rentals are available for hotel guests and visitors who buy a resort pass. 

Details: Outrider Rooftop Lounge at Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town, 7142 E. First St., Scottsdale. 480-590-3864, hilton.com/en/hotels/phxotpy-canopy-scottsdale-old-town.

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