The 10 Best Rooftop Bars And Restaurants In San Francisco

The 10 Best Rooftop Bars And Restaurants In San Francisco

Karl the Fog may limit San Francisco’s beautiful rooftop views but there are still some fantastic venues all over the city. Here’s our guide to the best restaurants and bars in San Francisco with rooftop and top-level lounges, amazing views, food, and an excellent atmosphere.

In SOMA , the restaurant and bar Dirty Habit sits on the fifth floor of San Francisco’s Hotel Zelos . The restaurant serves new American cuisine, while the bar offers tasty, seasonal cocktails in vintage glasses and more than 300 rare varieties of brown spirits from different parts of the world. Although there are seats indoors, the outside patio feels cozy and spacious with heated lamps and a fire pit to keep customers warm.

Located at the highest part of the hotel InterContinental Mark Hopkins , the Top of the Mark is a cocktail bar with incredible views of San Francisco. In 1939, the hotel owner, George D. Smith, converted the 11-room penthouse on the 19th floor into a glass-to-glass cocktail lounge. The bar is also a new American restaurant, but whether customers go for drinks or for tapas, the best part of the Top of the Mark is the 360° view of the Financial District, the Bay Bridge, Chinatown, North Beach, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Also, on some nights, live music can be heard during dinner.

On top of the Sir Francis Drake hotel is The Starlight Room . Offering 360° city views, the vintage lounge has old decor with red velvet curtains and booths with tall backings. The nightclub has a strict dress code and provides nightly entertainment with live music and drag performances on Sundays for brunch. Customers can dance to the music or enjoy a delicious beverage such as wine, champagne, or specialty cocktails.

The modern B Restaurant & Bar is located above the Moscone Center , with excellent views of Yerba Buena Gardens, St. Patrick’s Church, the plaza outside the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the downtown skyline. The restaurant serves new American cuisine and one dollar oysters in the afternoons from Tuesday through Friday, along with cocktail pitchers. The bar also has seasonal cocktails with local ingredients, raw beer, and wine from California.

Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is open on Thursday evenings for drinks, live music, and dancing. Nightlife at the museum includes aquariums, various exhibits, and the building’s green roof, which covers 87% of the roof with seven grassy hills. Although there’s no actual bar on the rooftop terrace, customers are allowed to take their drinks up to the top of the building, where they can enjoy the view of Golden Gate Park with the de Young Museum across the way, the wildlife surrounding the building, and the fresh San Francisco breeze as they watch the sunset and begin to stargaze.