The rooftop bar scene in San Francisco is one of the best kept secrets in the City by the Bay. With gorgeous views of the skyline, crashing waves, and lush greenery, the views are hard to beat; but the drinks are even better!
If you’ve never taken in the San Francisco scenery from hundreds of feet in the air with a drink in your hand, then you’re missing out. Kiss your FOMO goodbye, grab a drink and explore the best rooftop bars San Francisco has to offer.
Photo: El Techo
Perched atop the Argentinian steakhouse Lolinda, El Techo is the best rooftop bar in San Francisco to grab some authentic Latin American street food, sip some Mezcal, and soak up those city views. Fully equipped with wind screens, heat lamps, and a retractable awning, El Techo crafts a mean cocktail, rain or shine.
We suggest swinging by during Happy Hour for cheap, authentic Margaritas and Latin-American bar bites.
Nestled between apartment complexes in the Tenderloin District, Jones is the largest rooftop bar in San Francisco. While you’ll find plenty of people in button-downs and ties enjoying an after-work drink, their aesthetic is more where business meets casual for a cocktail. By which we mean, well-worn t-shirts, hoodies and jeans are welcome.
In the spirit of summer, we suggest trying one of their rotating selection of signature homemade slushies.
Photo: Dirty Habit SF
Located in SOMA, this is a Dirty Habit you’ll be proud to show off. In fact we even encourage you to share it with friends. Perched atop the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos, Dirty Habit serves modern American fare. Fully prepared for San Francisco’s temperamental weather, they’ve got heat lamps, a fire-pit and creative cocktails to keep you warm on chilly summer nights.
If you’re hitting the rooftop with friends, we suggest sharing a punch-bowl of Buddha’s Ritual (Zephyr Gin, Buddha’s Hand, Tropical Green Tea, Fennel, Lime, Grapefruit Juice).
Hit the Rooftop
Now that you know all the hottest rooftop bars in San Francisco, you’re ready to hit the roof… soon. I mean, not tonight obviously. Tonight’s more of a sip wine on the couch and watch Netflix kind of night. You know how it is.