Granville’s Bar Del Mar is Everything You Dreamed It Would Be

The rooftop lounge with a beach resort vibe Pasadena always needed is here

Monday, April 22, 2019 | 12:47 pm

Perhaps the most exciting thing about Granville Pasadena—other than the fact that it’s finally opened—is Bar Del Mar, a rooftop hangout without rival in Pasadena.

“We try to build every location to emulate what we feel the community needs,” said Granville President Jonathan Weiss.

Well, what did Pasadena need? Based on the lines that have been spilling out onto South Lake Avenue ever since Granville opened, a rooftop bar scene with beach club vibes.

“We came to Pasadena and we realized that there was a lack of rooftops, it’s a location that’s kind of far from the beach, so a vacation vibe was something that’s not easily accessible to folks here,” said Weiss.

Bar Del Mar feels like the kind of day lounges you find in posh beach resorts. The views of the San Gabriel mountains are humbling. Behind the bar itself is a wide, open window that looks over the verdant landscape beyond—essentially a visual infinity pool on a rooftop where the liquid is stronger than water.

The low-key music thumps subtly under your feet and the daybeds are nap worthy. Bar Del Mar is open until 10 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and serves a delicious menu of shareable bites.

Granville is known for making elegant fine dining affordable and approachable, and Bar Del Mar is no exception. The haughty day club culture found in resort beaches and boutique hotels is transformed into a comfortable and welcoming environment.

It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind under the powerful Southern California sun.

While Bar Del Mar is a fully stocked bar, gin is clearly the main event. Weiss believes the liquor is overlooked and under-appreciated in the U.S., despite gin-centric bars having somewhat of a moment in other parts of the world.

The selection features juniper-infused gin, Earl Grey tea-infused gin, select Japanese gins, and more. Some of the gins are best sipped or drunk like a whiskey.

In the same way that Granville makes elegant dining approachable, Bar Del Mar gives its customers an accessible shortcut into an exciting new drinking culture. The clean, concise, and fruity liquor should give vodka a run for its money as the go-to summer liquor of choice.

Granville’s Pasadena location is clearly the favorite child in the Granville family. Just take that elevator to the third floor to see what we mean.

Granville Pasadena is located at 270 South Lake Ave. Visit granvillecafe.com or call (626) 360-7633.

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