Revival Pool Party Photos by Eli Margetich & Lyda Mock / Go Gold Media

Revival at the Sawyer: possibly the only place in town with both a strictly enforced dress code and a penchant for throwing wild pool parties. The next of these aquatic soirées is entitled the “Love Boat Pool Party,” and will feature L.A.-based DJ Excel. Located within the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel (500 J St.), the new, ultra-chic building next to DoCo, Revival is a rooftop bar and lounge situated right next to the Sawyer’s massive pool. While access is usually limited to hotel guests and condo residents, Revival’s Sunday Splash events let you take a dip the way the better half do—that is to say, with a professional DJ, high-class food and drinks. From 2–7 p.m. on July 29, DJ Excel will be spinning his trademark blend of nu-disco-inspired house beats (his whole set from his previous visit to Revival last November is available online). If you get hungry, executive chef Patrick Prager (a veteran of Wolfgang Puck’s now-closed Postrio) serves up farm-to-fork bar eats, each designed to pair well with their expansive drink menu. Just make sure you wait an hour before swimming again. True to the party’s theme, guests are encouraged to wear their finest in vintage swimwear. A cabana for six will run you $700, and a deluxe booth comes with a $1,000 price tag, but early bird tickets for $35 are available now; so come aboard, they’re expecting you. Check out for more info.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 10 of issue #270 (July 18 – Aug. 1, 2018)**