There are a few rooftop bars in and around San Diego but Upper East Bar has to be one of the best in town. It’s right above the delicious restaurant Jsix, and after jumping into the elevator, you’ll hop out into one of the nicest terraces and a view of the city. Located in the East Village, it has a hip and loungey feel to it with comfortable furniture, an outdoor pool and games. The menu is created by Executive Chef Anthony Sinsay that lists sharable American style food with a pop of flavor. If anything has the power to make you pause for a moment and consider that life didn’t turn out so bad, it’s a beautiful skyscraper view accompanied by a delicious alcoholic beverage with great friends. Upper East Bar combines a fantastic view, great mixes and food, and an experience you’d want to tell your friends about.
There are a variety of beautiful cocktails you can choose from, and we started off with the “Spicy Cucumber Margarita.” The chili infused tequila gives it a nice spicy kick, and other cocktails that were my favorites include “East Fizz,” “French Kiss” and “New Daiquiri.” You can’t honestly go wrong with Upper East’s signature cocktails!
We ordered two tasty appetizers, one was the Crab and Avocado Toast and the other being the Chicharrones. The savory Chicharrones (Mexican fried pork cracklings) have a personal backstory behind them-Chef Anthony Sinsay remembers as a kid while growing up in San Diego, they would sell chicharrones in these brown bags everywhere and you’d shake the bag and eat it as a quick snack. I love this personal backstory and how this delightful appetizer also comes with little tapatio packets :).
The Crab and Avocado Toast is must-order, the delicious pairing was also topped with sprouts, lemon and radish piled onto a rustic bread, yum!!
For the main dishes, we ordered the Cherry Miso BBQ Salmon and the popular Upper East Burger. The salmon was cooked to perfection, you can really taste the miso, decorated with edible flowers on top and accompanied with smoked potatoes.
The “animal-style” Upper East Burger was bomb and I can see why it’s the most popular dish. The juicy patty was sandwiched between a squishy, buttery bun made this super tasty.
We ended our meal by going downstairs to Jsix and ordered the Old School Chocolate Cake. This slice of cake was huuuuge, it reminded me of the chocolate cake in the movie Matilda. It wasn’t too sweet, incredibly light and layered with caramelized white chocolate ganache…SO good..
So gather a group of friends and head over to the East Village to have a artisan cocktail whipped up by the bartender, while enjoying the city view at Upper East Bar. Grab a bite to eat or if you’re wanting a fantastic and more formal dinner, head downstairs to Jsix for a farm-to-table dining experience!