Photos: Drai’s

Our resident 20-something hipster A, went to a party a few Saturday nights ago at Drai’s at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Here’s what she said:

“Even in LA, I’ve never seen so many fake boobs in one place. And everyone was soo skinny. Almost disgustingly skinny. The pool party at Drai’s was the exact clilche of what you’d think a Hollywood pool party would be. And almost no one there was actually from LA.

After 3pm there’s a cover charge. You take an elevator up to the top and walk through a nightclub to get to the W Hotel pool. It’s dark, there are stripper poles. Outside it’s is dubstep DJ, super loud. Everyone is dancing and drinking. Not those fancy mixology cocktails. Drinks are pricey and everyone is just drinking get-drunk-quick-and-cheap stuff like straight vodka.

The pool itself is long and narrow and not that big. You can see the Hollywood Hills, the Observatory it’s nice out there, but it was crowded.

It seemed like all the girls were college-age and wearing teeny tiny binkis. The guys were all older, greased, muscle-dude types that you can imagine pumping their fists in the air, and spending the night trying to buy drinks for younger girls.

There were some people in the pool playing volleyball but mostly everyone was around the pool dancing. People seemed happy to be there—everyone was having a blast. If you’re a pool party amateur, you might be overwhelmed by the scene. It’s definitely not a chill-out place.”

Be warned–if you are staying at the W, the pool might not necessarily be open for your use. Drai’s operates pool parties every Sunday and all weekend in the summer. It’s not a child-friendly swim, unless it’s during the week and early in the day.

Cabanas are available for rent.  And here’s the dress code: “Only appropriate and upscale beachwear is welcome poolside during the day. This means no jeans, basketball shorts, boots, inappropriate swim or athletic wear, or printed shirts with offensive or aggressive graphics. By night, we encourage guests to “dress to impress.” Men are required to wear closed-toe shoes and collared shirts to access the bars.”

I’m a little intrigued by what “aggressive graphics” are. Any idea?

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