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Welcome to your Southern California out-of-office message. We’ll take it from here. (Mostly.)
If you’ve made it this far, you’ve made it: to your vacation. To your escape. To a precious few unscripted, unscrutinized moments.
Enjoy them here with us at our downtown San Diego rooftop bar.



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Leave of Absence is Closed for Season. Re-opening in spring 2024.

Private Parties in Downtown San Diego

Conveniently located in downtown san diego

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We like to throw a party. Great music. Memorable cocktails. Tasty bites. That's our thing. We'll make it extra special with custom menus from our Chef, artful cocktails, and fireplace once the sun goes down. Leave of Absence is available for a variety of private and semi-private functions, from networking events to wedding festivities and anything in between.

Semi-Private or Buyout Options Available

Semi-Private Capacity: 12-30 | Buyout Capacity: 58 seated/120 reception

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About our rooftop bar

classic drinks + crave worthy cuisine

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Here's the break you ordered. A pizza party al fresco? A quick dip and a glass of champagne? A moment’s peace in a crazy week – or year? Yes, please. When you step into the California sunshine with us, the rest of it all just falls away.



It’s true: Chef Jason Neroni started his career at Disneyland. What came next? A serious, show-stopping run of exceptional restaurants across the country and the world, cementing his place as one of America’s top chef-restaurateurs. As the chef-owner of The Rose in Venice Beach, he is intimately familiar with the exceptional ingredients of the region, and his experience at top-notch restaurants including El Bulli and Le Cirque leaves him beyond prepared to treat them with respect. So, sure: we’re a pool-deck pizzeria. But you’ll eat so much better up here.