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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.


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.


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.


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.”