View of Starlite at the Beacon Grand
Starlite at the Beacon Grand.  Credit: Beacon Grand

Rooftop Bars
in San Francisco That You Can't Miss

Nothing pairs better with a cocktail than a breathtaking view of the San Francisco skyline. Here are the best rooftop bars in the Bay Area.

San Francisco's Mediterranean climate means rooftop season lasts all year round. If you're looking for a place to pair a creative cocktail with gorgeous views of the City by the Bay, then you're in luck.

San Francisco is in the midst of a rooftop renaissance, from reinvented staples to a bunch of trendy new kids on the block. With so many new openings, it's best to use our guide to discover the best rooftop bars and lounges around San Francisco. 

How many of these new rooftops have you visited?

620 Jones St.

620 Jones

Easy to find because its name is the same as its address; easier still to enjoy because 620 Jones is one of the largest outdoor establishments in San Francisco! Their weekday happy hour is popular with people finishing the workday, and their weekend brunches feature mimosas by the pitcher and even a breakfast martini. 

748 Innes St.

Archimedes Banya

If you're looking to pamper yourself before a cocktail, head to Bayview's Archimedes Banya, San Francisco's only authentic Russian bathhouse. After a visit to a plunge pool or sauna, head to their rooftop bar, Zteamer's. Enjoy traditional Russian delicacies like caviar and perogies with your beverage of choice. 

720 Howard St. @ Moscone North

B Restaurant & Bar

Located atop The Moscone Center, San Francisco's premier convention venue, B Restaurant & Bar is perfect for anyone at anytime, not just convention attendees from out of town. Its known for its seasonal cocktails, raw bar, and priority given to using locally sourced ingredients. 

100 Channel St


Elevate your experience at Cavaña, the rooftop bar, and lounge at the Luma Hotel in Mission Bay. Offering sweeping views of the city skyline, Oracle Park, and the East Bay, this contemporary space provides a sophisticated retreat for locals and visitors. Guests can indulge in handcrafted cocktails, tapas, and shared plates that showcase the distinct flavors of Central and South America, like halibut ceviche, strip steak arrachera, and a pisco punch.

Stay At the LUMA Hotel
1100 Market St.


Step off the San Francisco Proper Hotel elevator and straight into the playfully opulent atmosphere of Charmaine’s. Perched 120 feet above the hustle and bustle of Market Street, this indoor/outdoor escape boasts a glittering backdrop of city lights and a dazzling array of cocktails to match it. The creative bartenders can mix something to please any palate, whether you’re in the mood for a quirky concoction or a classic Old Fashioned. The snack selection fits right in with Charmaine’s luxe-yet-cheeky theme. Don’t miss the hot dog dressed up with Bavarian mustard and fermented lettuce.

Stay At The Proper Hotel
Charmaine's Rooftop
50 O'Farrell St

Chotto Matte

In the heart of Union Square, you'll find San Francisco's newest rooftop bar, restaurant, and nightlife hub. Chotto Matte is an ultra-luxe yet down-to-earth food and beverage experience that showcases the very best of Nikkei cuisine with bold, eye-catching natural colors and mouth-watering taste sensations. Relax on the plush seating of their expansive wrap-around terraces, offering sweeping views of the bustling neighborhood below.

333 O'Farrell St.

Cityscape Lounge

Located on the 46th floor of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Cityscape Lounge boasts unobstructed views of the city skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge. Cityscape Lounge is fully enclosed, but the stunning 360-degree views of San Francisco make this sky bar a must-see.

Stay at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square
12 Fourth St.

Dirty Habit

Located on the fifth floor of the Hotel Zelos (which is just steps from amazing cultural institutions like the Contemporary Jewish Museum and SFMOMA), Dirty Habit offers tables and comfy sofas that are partially shielded from the elements. Their cocktail menu features tried-and-true favorites as well as adventurous new creations, and their small plates make for terrific shared snacking.

Stay at Hotel Zelos
2516 Mission St.

El Techo

Sitting atop its sister restaurant, Lolinda, El Techo is one of the high points of the Mission—figuratively and literally! You can see for miles from this bar that offers cocktails by the pitcher and terrific Latin American street food. There's no wrong time to visit El Techo, whether its for their weekday happy hours or weekend brunches.

701 3rd St.


Kaiyo's rooftop will transport you to a tropical oasis atop Hyatt Place Hotel, just blocks from Oracle Park. Nikkei, Japanese-Peruvian cuisine and cocktails, pair perfectly with the San Francisco Skyline. The beverage menu spans to include a variety of Japanese whisky highballs to cocktails that include pisco. You can come here before a Giants game, but you won't want to leave. You'll feel like you're on vacation and that's alright by us.

Stay at Hyatt Place Hotel
33 Turk St

Rise Over Run

Enjoy sweeping views of the city skyline at Rise Over Run, Mid-Market’s lush rooftop bar, and solarium at the LINE Hotel SF. Share a cocktail and small plates with friends around a fire pit, or stargaze through the glass roof. This is one of San Francisco's most unique rooftop venues!

Stay at the LINE Hotel San Francisco
25 Lusk

Rooftop 25

Located near Oracle Park, this is the ultimate rooftop to visit before or after a baseball game. Rooftop 25 offers outdoor seating with upbeat music and a casual vibe, perfect for kicking back with friends and family. Their wood-fired oven serves up delicious culinary bites with something for even the pickiest of eaters. Their full bar offers fun frozen and specialty cocktails, regional wines, and a great selection of ice-cold local beers.

138 King St.

Rooftop At VIA

Raise a toast atop the Hotel VIA in South Beach. The hotel’s Rooftop at VIA is a chic indoor/outdoor space complete with captivating views of the downtown skyline, Bay Bridge, and Oracle Park. Open-air fire pits and comfy seating create a relaxed vibe, and you’ll slip right into a celebratory mood thanks to VIA’s warm service, sophisticated drink menu and tasty tapas and sweets. Rooftop at VIA is truly exclusive; it’s available only to hotel guests or by renting one of the swanky six-person cabanas.

Stay Hotel Via
450 Powell St


Located on the top floor of the reimagined Beacon Grand, this San Francisco landmark pays homage to its illustrious past filled with some colorful characters. Continuing that tradition, Starlite welcomes all in a sumptuous space with sweeping Union Square views, perfectly mixed cocktails, and a classic vinyl spinning in the corner. Starlite was, and still is, one of the best parties in San Francisco.

Stay at Beacon Grand
250 4th St

Shelby’s Rooftop

Located in the artistic SoMa neighborhood, Shelby’s is on the top floor of the Canopy Hotel by Hilton. Shelby's Rooftop combines a seductive ambiance with a contemporary atmosphere, creating a distinctive San Francisco lounge. Whether indoors or outdoors, savor the mouthwatering shared plates, expertly crafted cocktails, and panoramic city views.

Stay at Canopy by Hilton San Francisco SOMA
999 California St.

Top of the Mark

Soak in views of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge from the amazing penthouse lounge on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. Along with its million dollar views, the Top of the Mark has a dance floor, signature martini menu and an exciting events schedule that includes live entertainment several days a week.

Stay at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
780 Mission St

The View Lounge

Located downtown in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, The View Lounge is famous for its views and refreshing cocktails. Experience the San Francisco skyline through multi-story rounded windows, unlike any other vantage point in San Francisco. Order some small plates to share and a classic cocktail before dinner or as a nightcap after a fun evening.

Stay at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Union Square