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?

Cocktail Pool: What Is It?

A cocktail pool is a swimming pool that is typically less than 400 square feet and three to four feet deep. They can feature heated jets and comfortable seating and are perfect for grabbing a drink or relaxing with friends and family.

The Advantages of a Cocktail Pool

A cocktail pool offers many benefits for pool owners looking for a waterfront retreat and entertainment space:
• 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, the cocktail pool 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 pools are 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. The difference is how often or complicated. a Cocktail Pool is no exception; it is as often as regular swimming pools. 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. Still, it can be cost-effective.

Is A Cocktail Pool Right for You?

The design of a cocktail pool 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.