nice chill factor.
Love the beach/pool cabana style at night - the fire pits and heat lamps keep it from being unbearable on San Diego cool nights. The staff and clientele were friendlier than at most swankier than thou joints too.
This bar in my opinion has passed it prime but could be revived with some simple fixes! As an east village resident I have visited J-Bar many many times ... but I have finally drawn a line in the sand. The bar has and only has 2 bar tenders for the WHOLE place. This means a generous wait time for each customer when you go to the bar staffing a third (or even 4th) bartender is a lesson they should have learned months ago. There is also a cocktail waitress (sometimes 2) but they keep busy and are somewhat elusive.
Poolside hot spot defines urban oasis in a Gaslamp boutique hotel.. In Short With up-lit palm trees and poolside cabanas, this tropical rooftop lounge anchors the Gaslamp's Hotel Solamar. The outdoor patio is dotted with cocktail tables and thatched-roof heaters, but most well-heeled patrons pack into half-circle booths with fire pits and views of Petco Park and the harbor. A cocktail roster of tropical favorites complements the bar menu of small plates like Kobe beef skewers and assorted quesadillas.
JBar has a lot of outdoor space. It doesn't have the views that Altitude has but it has some good spaces to sit down and relax with a large group of people. Get there early if you're out Saturday night as it can get to capacity. Look for the Brazilian babe (statue) in the back corner by one of the firepits...
Best Pre-party spot!!.
At first you think you are walking into a restaurant, but an elevator takes you up to the rooftop. I love how all these new clubs have cabanas outside its so New York-issh. They have benches/beds where you can just chill. No cover which is great but they do close down early on certain nights. There is always good looking people.