Plus, take a first look at a new bar + restaurant in east Austin.
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🏊‍♂️ A new kind of dive bar
a black and white dog wearing sunglasses lounges in front of the pool at kitty cohen's
This heat is ruff, am I right? |Photo courtesy Kitty Cohen’s
Boozy drinks aren’t the only bodies of water in ATX bars.

New poolside bars launched in Austin this summer, while other watering holes are partnering with Cowboy Pools to provide pop-up pools during the hottest months of the year.

Here are a few spots where you can have a sip + make a splash:

Kitty Cohen’s, 2211 Webberville Rd., Ste. #3548 | This ATX establishment had a pool before it was trendy. Situated in the center of its Palm Springs-inspired outdoor patio, the shallow pool is perfect for sitting on the edge with a frozen cocktail in-hand.

aerial shot of woman in black bikini floating in small pool

Reservations for the Cowboy Pool at Skinny’s Off Track Bar go for $10 per hour, and up to eight people can swim.


Photo courtesy of NoCo Hospitality

Skinny’s Off Track Bar, 1806 E. 12th St. | Austinites can go “Skinny’s Dipping” this summer in an on-site Cowboy Pool. Reservations of $10 per hour are required for swimming, but there is a free period from 4-6 p.m.

Cabana Club, 5012 E. 7th St. | The all-day coffee shop, restaurant, and bar invites remote workers to break out their laptops in its spacious clubhouse. Visitors can cool off from the workday in its pool on the patio.

woman in pink pool float at a pool with the surrounding cement painted pink and pink umbrellas

Swim Club offers pool service for guests who want to drink cocktails during their dip.


Photo by Jade Skye Hammer Photography via Swim Club

Swim Club, 650 E. 10th St. | A reservation at the American restaurant in Downright Austin grants you access to the Downtown pool, which is decked out in pink hues and retro decor. You can also snag pool admission via ResortPass.

RADIO/EAST, 3504 Montopolis Dr. | Here’s another Cowboy Pools collaboration for you: enjoy a frozen cocktail in the stock tank pool on the patio of the cafe, bar, and music venue. Plus, you don’t need a reservation to take a swim this summer.
Monday, July 8
  • Texas Performing Arts Trivia Night | Monday, July 8 | 7 p.m. | Barrel O’ Fun at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldritch St., Ste. #120, Austin | Free | Gather up your theater-loving friends and compete for prizes at this event.
  • Summer Movie Night Series | Monday, July 8 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Vacancy Brewing, 415 E. St. Elmo Rd., Austin | Free | Watch a flick in the AC at this pet-friendly brewery — this week’s showing is “Grease.”
Tuesday, July 9
  • In Conversation: May Cobb and Gabino Iglesias | Tuesday, July 9 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin | Free with RSVP | Join these two authors for conversation about their new thrillers, followed by a book signing.
  • Critical Hit | Tuesday, July 9 | 8-9 p.m. | Fallout Theater, 616 Lavaca St., Austin | $8-$10 | Embark on a quest with three local comedians as they improvise their way through a Dungeons and Dragons-themed show.
  • Boss Street Brass Band | Tuesday, July 9 | 9 p.m. | Elephant Room, Swift Building, 315 Congress Ave., Austin | $7 | The horn-driven contemporary ensemble will take the stage for the venue’s monthly “Phatt” Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 10
  • “Getting in Bed with the Pizza Man” | Wednesday, July 10 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Rd., Ste. #122, Austin | $30-$60 | This one-woman show by comedian Katie Folger explores female empowerment and singledom.
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News Notes
  • As Hurricane Beryl’s forecast cone shifts east, experts say the tropical storm’s track will not directly hit the Austin metro. Here’s everything you need to know about rainfall potential in Central Texas today. (KVUE)
  • The city’s first proposed air conditioning mandate — which would require all residential property owners to keep rooms at least 15 degrees cooler than the outdoor temperature — will be discussed at tomorrow’s planning commission meeting and head to City Council later this summer for final approval. (Community Impact)
  • Austin Energy will replace utility poles and upgrade wires along South Lamar Boulevard for the next sixth months. The first phase of the “reconductoring” project, which will cause delays for both northbound and southbound traffic, began yesterday. (KUT)
  • In Austin, walls are canvases for masterpieces — but one mural on South Lamar Boulevard was short-lived. As Tacodeli prepares to take over the former Masa y Más space, a mural of the owner’s grandmother is being replaced with a new work of art. (KVUE)
  • Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park has a new rule: the Austin Parks and Recreation Department will now limit vehicle capacity during high use periods. The Fourth of July holiday weekend was its first time to implement modified parking. Here’s what you need to know before you go.
  • The Dallas Cowboys have a tough season ahead, but which match-ups will give them the most trouble? Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the Dallas Cowboys with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    • You don’t have to leave the Lone Star state for your next getaway. Boerne, TX is about two hours from Austin. What’s on the itinerary? We’re glad you asked: Shop local at a farmers market, customize a cowboy hat + more. See our full list of recs.*
    🌵 West Texas meets east Austin
    rotating images of chalmers patio, food on a table, and backyard with seating and a sunset
    Chalmers is housed in a refurbished Shell gas station.|Photos by ATXtoday
    As east Austin continues to evolve, Chalmers has carved out its own slice of the neighborhood. The new bar, restaurant, and music venue opened at 1700 E. Cesar Chavez St. on Thursday, July 4.

    The new concept — from the team behind Armadillo Den and Dainty Dillo — is inspired by West Texas, which influences the decor, food, and drinks.

    City Editor Morgan here. I checked out the new hangout last week. Here are some highlights:
    • Both the interior + exterior exude a retro vibe, making you feel like you’ve stepped into a different decade.
    • The Chalmers Zombie and Frozen Dirty Shirley were exactly how I like my drinks: bright pink, ice cold, and fruity.
    • The menu’s shareables come in large portions and are the perfect salty pairings for sweet drinks.
    • A massive backyard area is scheduled to open in the coming weeks — so keep this spot in mind for bigger groups.
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    Speaking of pools — did you know the Austin Parks and Recreation Aquatic Division operates 45 public aquatic facilities? Bartholomew Pool (which has two water slides) is having its next “summer free day” on Wednesday, July 10.
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