Enjoy San Francisco from above. Here are some of the city’s coolest rooftop bars.
1. Dirty Habit
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Swanky restaurant and bar Dirty Habit is nestled within the Hotel Zelos in San Francisco’s SOMA District. While there are both indoor and outdoor seating areas, the back patio is really where it’s at—fire pits, string lights, and a wall of greenery all contribute to a lively, romantic atmosphere.
To get to Dirty Habit, enter the hotel through the lobby and take the elevator up to the bar on the fifth floor. The bar is open Monday through Saturday from 5pm until 11pm (out of respect for hotel guests); they are closed on Sunday. And don’t fret about the weather; the patio has outdoor heaters to warm you up if necessary!
2. Charmaine’s Rooftop Bar & Lounge
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Sitting atop the Tenderloin’s Proper Hotel San Francisco is Charmaine’s, one of San Francisco’s best rooftop bars with a view. Charmaine’s serves wine, beer, cocktails, and “elevated bar snacks.”
Charmaine’s cocktails were created by Josh Harris and Morgan Schick of BVHospitality. Harris and Schick are partners in Trick Dog, a bar in San Francisco that has received numerous nominations and awards, including being named a semifinalist for three James Beard Foundation Awards for Outstanding Bar Program.
The bar is open Sunday to Thursday from 3:00pm to 12:00am and Friday and Saturday from 3:00pm to 2:00am.
3. El Techo
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El Techo, located in the heart of the Mission, offers Latin American street food, a laid-back vibe, and awesome views of the neighborhood and city beyond.
Guests can enjoy cocktails and small bites daily, and brunch on the weekend (reservations are recommended!). The kitchen is open at 4pm Monday through Friday and 11am on Saturday and Sunday; the bar opens at 4pm Monday to Friday and 11am on Saturday and Sunday. They also have a happy hour Monday to Friday 4pm to 6pm. Lots of opportunities to eat, drink, and be feliz.
El Techo is open rain or shine thanks to heat lamps and wind screens.
4. Hotaling & Co.
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Formerly Anchor Distilling Co., Hotaling & Co. offers guests access to its intimate rooftop terrace if you book a tasting or private event. The distillery is known for creating the first American craft whiskey, Old Potrero, and gin, Juniper Gin, after Prohibition.
The tasting begins with a stroll through their “penthouse garden,” which is planted with botanicals used to make Hotaling’s spirits. An expert then explains the production process and the flavors and aromas of the famous spirits.
Space is limited so reservations are highly recommended. Tastings begin at $35.
Lower Nob Hill
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Just one story up, Jones nonetheless provides an elevated experience. Guests enter the restaurant/bar through intricate metal gates manned by a doorman in a top hat. While guests can dine inside, the best part about Jones is its large outdoor patio, which offers lots of seating and three bars.
Jones offers dinner, happy hour, and Sunday brunch. They open at 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and 11am on Sunday. Note that they are closed on Mondays and their bars are cash only.
6. Rooftop 25
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Located outside restaurant Twenty Five Lusk, Rooftop 25 features a beautiful outdoor space with lots of seating, yummy food and cocktails, and a great atmosphere. Unlike some of the city’s other rooftop bars, Rooftop 25 doesn’t offer a fantastic view; the draw is the bar’s casual vibe and the chance to soak up some vitamin D in a lovely space.
Rooftop 25’s menu includes beer, wine, cocktails, and both light snacks and delicious meals. Their happy hour is popular and, as the bar faces west, it’s also a great place to catch the sunset. The bar is covered by a movable roof and there are heaters and blankets available when necessary.
Rooftop 25 is open every day at 11:30am and closes at varying times at night.