Kimpton Solamar Hotel reimagines rooftop lounge

The Kimpton Solamar Hotel in San Diego offers a renovated rooftop lounge called Upper East Bar.

It may be nestled atop the Kimpton Solamar Hotel in San Diego and high above San Diego’s downtown, but the reimagined rooftop lounge companion to Jsix has a new name that proudly plants it in its vibrant East Village neighborhood: Upper East Bar.

The revamped outdoor space features a beach-luxe lounge with imaginative cocktails and a playful menu created by Jsix executive chef Anthony Sinsay. Guests can ride the private elevator from Jsix to the rooftop where they will find a lush poolside oasis that offers sweeping city views and a nonpretentious vibe.

Sit back and settle in for lunch, happy hour or all-night eats. Sip on handcrafted cocktails and indulge in Sinsay’s sharing menu tailor-made for social dining, which includes dishes like citrus-soy beef skewers, market-driven daily ceviche and crab and avocado toast. The “selfish” side of the menu features dishes for diners with heartier appetites including the aptly named Ridiculous Grilled Cheese, char-grilled Little Gem Caesar and the “animal-style” inspired J6 Burger.

Let your bartender mix up an artisan cocktail such as the blood orange margarita (El Jimador Tequila, blood orange and cayenne, the French Kiss (ruby grapefruit, Lillet Blanc and Moscato d’Asti) or the Death by Afternoon (Absinthe, sparkling wine and a twist). Upper East Bar’s menu will be served weekdays from noon to 10:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays will be prime time at Upper East Bar. The “Sunrise Social Hour” brunch menu will be the perfect place to either kick off or cap the weekend’s festivities. The brunch menu offers crave-worthy sweet and savory dishes such as Sinsay’s house-made sticky buns, farmer’s market frittata, peanut butter french toast fries and benny bites, a riff on the classic eggs benedict. Rooftop brunch will be served on weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Every Monday starting at 5 p.m., Upper East Bar will host “Veuve Around the Clock” featuring a perfectly chilled glass of Veuve Clicquot for $5 at 5 p.m., $6 at 6 p.m., $7 at 7 p.m. and $8 at 8 p.m. Expect live music, interactive bar games, and more social programming and events to come.

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