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The Verb

1271 Boylston St., Boston, 617-566-4500, www.theverbhotel.com

The pool

Opened since last August, this is the Verb’s first summer poolside. Which is why public swims are limited. For now, the only way to take a dip is to attend a semi-public pool party cohosted by Vanyaland, the online music site.

The scene

Bright umbrellas coordinate well with the Mondrian-style windows that decorate The Verb. The crowd of 25- to 35-year-olds is comprised of young professionals, music lovers, musicians, writers, and photographers. At the first party, some guests waded into the pool with their drinks. Others brought their phones.

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Public pricing

Attendance at the Vanyaland parties is 21-plus and free, but requires registration .

Strong suits

In the shadow of Fenway Park, the crowd scores above average in Red Sox tattoos, facial hair, and black bathing suits.

The playlist

Upbeat alternative with a few classic summer jams.

Order

The food possibilities have expanded significantly with the opening of Hojoko, the Verb’s Japanese pub helmed by Tim and Nancy Cushman of O Ya. Given the strong smell of french fries from Tasty Burger next door, sneaking burgers also seems within reason.

Poolside reading

“Den Graenselose” by Jussi Adler-Olsen, Denmark’s best-selling crime writer. Rolling Stone.

Overheard

One of the members of Bearstronaut, who DJ’d the first pool party said: “We’ve never seen a Boston crowd with so many arms unfolded.”