11 Essential Items For Your Floating Pool Bar

Fully dressed man raising a beer bottle in a swimming pool

There’s no better place to enjoy a drink on a sweltering summer day than on the water, whether it’s a river, a lake, or yes, your own backyard swimming pool. The only bummer is having to get out to refill your favorite adult beverage. Fortunately there’s a simple solution to this problem – bring the bar with you.

A floating pool bar gives you quick and easy access to drinks while you’re in the water, so you can continue the party uninterrupted. The key, of course, is having the right equipment, including inflatables to keep your beverages afloat and waterproof diversions to keep everyone entertained. To get you started, here are 11 of the best floating bar products to consider for your next pool party or float trip:

1. Floating Cooler

Airhead Aqua Oasis Inflatable Raft
Airhead Aqua Oasis Inflatable Raft – more info

Let’s start with the basics. The first priority of any bar is to keep the drinks cold. For a floating bar, an inflatable cooler does the trick. As a bonus, the one pictured here also features drink holders – the fact that they’re numbered is a clever touch that allows everyone to keep track of their libations.

2. Unbreakable Wine Glasses

Unbreakable Silicone Wine Glasses
Unbreakable Silicone Wine Glasses – more info

Drinking wine out of a solo cup is not cool. Neither is the thought of shattering a wine glass on your pool floor. That’s why it makes so much sense to have a set of unbreakable silicone wine glasses like these.

3. Party Gator

Party Gator inflatable cooler and drink holder
Party Gator – more info

It’s a cooler. It’s a drink holder. It’s a conversation starter. And it keeps the ducks out of your pool. All hail Party Gator!

4. Lifeguard Drink Holders

GoFloats Inflatable Drink Guard Drink Holder
GoFloats Inflatable Drink Guard Drink Holder – more info

Having to hold your drink constantly is a drag. Dropping your drink in the pool is a tragedy. Fortunately, you can avert both situations with a floating drink holder. This funny inflatable “Drink Guard” does the job nicely.

5. Inflatable Tiki Bar

Floating inflatable tiki bar in a swimming pool
Floating Inflatable Tiki Bar – more info

This floating tiki bar makes for a hilarious centerpiece for any party. It’s also functional, with six drink holders and two ice bins. And the bartender will definitely appreciate the canopy on hot sunny days.

6. Drink Tray

Softie Floating Mini Tray
Softie Floating Mini Tray – more info

A floating tray is another option for keeping your beverages above water. Equally effective in pools and hot tubs, this waffle-like tray is made of foam and has cutouts for four drinks. It’s also perfect for serving up snacks.

7. Floating Bluetooth Speaker

Ivation Waterproof Bluetooth Swimming Pool Floating Speaker
Ivation Waterproof Bluetooth Swimming Pool Floating Speaker – more info

For adult pool parties, music is almost as important alcoholic beverages. This floating waterproof speaker connects to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device so you can stream your favorite tunes in the pool. It also features blue mood lighting for after dark listening.

8. Palm Tree Drink Holders

GoFloats Inflatable Palm Island Drink Holder
GoFloats Inflatable Palm Island Drink Holder – more info

Some people pay thousands of dollars to bring tropical ambiance to their pool. These little palm tree floats offer a taste of plastic paradise at a much cheaper price. In fact, they don’t cost much more than the drinks they’re designed to carry.

9. AhhQua Bar

AhhQua Bar
AhhQua Bar – more info

Here’s an idea. If you want a floating bar you could just… buy a floating bar. This inflatable has a built-in cooler and ample cup holders. It even comes with seating, though the free floating chairs get mixed reviews from customers.

10. Drink Caddy Raft

Sunsoft Drink Caddy Raft
Sunsoft Drink Caddy Raft – more info

Part cooler and part serving tray, this sturdy drink raft is perfect for lakes, pools, and larger hot tubs. The handle makes it easy to anchor or tow it wherever you like.

11. Inflatable Beer Pong Table

H2Pong inflatable beer pong table with built-in cooler
H2Pong Inflatable Beer Pong Table – more info

Yes, now you can play one of the most popular drinking games while soaking in the pool. This floating beer pong table also includes a small cooler and a couple of extra cup holders on the side. When you’re not ponging, you can use it as a mega drink holder or even as a float.

With the above products, plus some comfortable seating, you can assemble a floating pool bar so awesome that you’ll never want to leave your pool. Sadly, you’ll still have to get out of the water once in awhile to pee. For the time being, no one has invented a product that deals with that.