It turns out that the corner we settled into, just by the bar looking south, was only one half of Glass Bar. We enjoyed the quiet and the water-tower views as we sipped our beer, but we did wonder where the hell everyone was. Could a rooftop bar really be that quiet, even in the dog days of summer?
No. The rest of the patrons, it turns out, were on the north end of the bar, which we discovered only because we decided to nose around while we waited for the elevator on our way out.
The view looking north.
This is where we found a handful of other drinkers enjoying the balmy evening—but it was still low-key, with no jostling and no judgey-judgey attitudes.
The moral of the story is: if you want the real social experience of the bar, take a hard left, and left again, when you step off the elevator. If you want peace and quiet, easy access to the bar, and enclosed views with frosted glass that makes it look like fog is rising in the city, head straight off the elevator to the back (south) end of the roof.
Drinks are reasonably priced (for a hotel) with cocktails averaging $12. Small plates are also available, including guacamole with flatbread for $13 and a pizzette for $12.