The Advantage of Having a Cocktail Pool

by | Feb 6, 2023 | Pool Designs and Ideas

Many clients come into our office wanting an oasis that adapts to their available space and lifestyle. If you think a small backyard cannot hold an in-ground pool or a large lot needs a large pool, think again. Have you ever heard of a cocktail pool before?

What is a Cocktail Pool?

Cocktail Pools are typically less than 400 square feet and three to four feet deep. Their small size can turn your small backyard space into a cozy and charming one.They can feature heated jets and comfortable seating and are perfect for grabbing a drink or relaxing with friends and family.

The Advantages of Cocktail Pools

• Requires very little space
• It is perfect for small yards
• Less expensive to heat than a traditional pool
• Takes less time for maintenance
• Lower maintenance costs (water, chemicals, etc.)
• Can be heated like a hot tub and used in early spring or late fall (year-round in some climates)

Take a Cocktail Pool to Another Level

Make a cocktail pool a focal point for backyard parties. Surrounding the pool with a stylish patio is a start. Then, add water features like cascades, jets, and fountains to give a touch of sophistication and elegance, making it even more ideal as an entertainment venue. Better yet, add dramatic lighting that sets the pool off!
Cocktail pool designs provide a great place to reunite with family and friends, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. Since it’s a smaller version, it pairs well with a heater for winter use. Depending on the decor, it also makes for a relaxing backyard and an exceptional aesthetic. With a touch of sophistication and elegance, it is ideal for entertainment; you can set the scene with LED lights! They surround the oasis with a stylish deck and add cascades, fountains, and jets. Many choose to make the pool the focal point of the garden.

Cocktail Pool with spa and water sheers


A cocktail pool design is more common in urban areas, where backyards are smaller than in suburban areas.
However, some homeowners opt for smaller pools giving additional space for parties, garden features, outdoor kitchens, and lounge areas.


Everything needs maintenance. A Cocktail Pool is no exception. However, the advantage is that it takes less time to clean. Keep in mind that an oasis, like a home, needs maintenance.


The cost of building a cocktail pool may depend on selected materials and features. We build gunite concrete pools since they are more durable. You can expect a cocktail pool to cost approximately $60,000. Still, it can be cost-effective.

Is A Cocktail Pool Right for You?

The design may be the right choice if you want to add the most desirable pool and spa features. It’s beautiful, affordable, and durable and can be the centerpiece of your parties for years to come. We invite you to check out our article “Small Backyard Pool Ideas” for examples of small pools that are perfect as a Cocktail Pool.

Remember, Cody Pools is ready to design your dream pool. Call us or schedule a consultation for a free quote.