Lylo Swim Club is a Refreshing Urban Oasis

Kristy DurkinSeptember 16, 2020
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The new ARRIVE Hotel has arrived in Uptown Phoenix.  I was invited to a hosted lunch at Lylo Swim Club, ARRIVE’s outdoor poolside lounge, and was delighted by this fresh mid-century urban oasis.

Located on Camelback Road nestled between Central and 7th Avenue, ARRIVE Hotel sits just west of the restaurant Southern Rail. Lylo occupies the long strip of space right on Camelback cleverly hidden behind mural-covered walls. As you walk through the gate, you are immediately welcomed by an enormous aqua tiled bar. The bar’s backdrop jungle wallpaper is lined with shelves filled with a vast selection of spirits on display which are begging to be poured. The hostess navigated me around socially distanced dining tables and two flamingo-pink foosball tables to a comfortable couch. Palm tree prints, bamboo textiles and tiki torches surrounded me as I kicked back and started to browse the 15-item specialty drink menu. Lylo Swim Club is led by Ross Simon best known for Valley favorite Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, so it’s not surprising the menu is filled with creative cocktail creations. Vibrant illustrations of each cocktail accompany their description helping to visually navigate you through the list of island concoctions.

As I sipped my first fruity drink, Opposable Rums, the poolside oasis had me daydreaming I was lounging at a vintage resort in Palm Springs until the light rail’s horn snapped me back into reality. Subtle splashing sounds from two pool-goers were filling the air as I glanced over the Hawaiian-Japanese inspired food menu. Led by ARRIVE’s Director of Restaurants, Alex Resnick, the small all-day menu includes a variety of snacks like musubi aka Spam, salads and bowls. I decided on the Albacore Tataki. Though tricky to achieve in outdoor spaces while using disposable plates and cutlery, I was pleased with the nice presentation of the tuna. Taking in my first bites, I knew I had made a great choice.  Slices of fresh seared albacore are accompanied by spicy greens and crispy garlic all topped with a ginger-ponzu vinaigrette.  The mild fish, slight crunch of the sesame seeds and tangy dressing developed tasty, clean flavors. My first cocktail was starting to kick in and I knew I needed some carbs in my belly, so I decided to order the fun Togarahi Fries. Soft centers and crispy exterior gave them a great fry consistency which is important when topped with a sauce. The garlic lemon mayo, jalapeños and cilantro added an addicting kick that had me coating each fry with as much sauce as I possibly could.

Eyeing the dazzling drink menu once more, the Dole Whipped kept popping out at me. Blame it on my inner child but I was giddy to get my hands on this drink. Disney’s classic frozen treat is adult-amplified with the generous addition of dark rum. Let me just say, my inner child and outer adult were both in heaven. The boozy soft serve was more of a dessert and cocktail combination, so it was a good choice as an ending to my lunch.

The new Lylo Swim Club is a refreshing addition to Uptown and is sure to be a splashing good time. Great for locals and tourists, it is a convenient little piece of paradise that everyone should escape to.

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