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12 Top-Notch Rooftop Bars in San Francisco and the East Bay

Get a bird’s eye view of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley

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There are many great restaurants and bars with views in San Francisco and the East Bay, but very few that are open-air rooftops in the traditional sense. Blame Karl the Fog’s cool breezes for the lack of high-up outdoor space; even at San Francisco’s best, most heater- and fire-pit-appointed rooftops, it’s a good idea to bring a jacket. And while the East Bay is the notoriously sunnier side of the Bay, it’s still always best to prepare for high winds coming off the Berkeley Hills.

Don’t care about a bird’s-eye view? Check out this list of very excellent places to eat and drink outside at street level.

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Fiorella Sunset

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You’d never know it at first glance, but there’s a slender rooftop patio perched atop Fiorella’s newest outpost in the Sunset. Hung with string lights and armed with heaters, it’s a cozy setting for sharing wood-fired pizzas and fresh pastas.

The rooftop deck at Fiorella Sunset dressed up with string lights and a retractable awning Hardy Wilson/Fiorella

Good Good Culture Club

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In January, the former Dear Inga space (which hosted chef Ravi Kapur’s Liholiho Yacht Club throughout the pandemic) flipped into Good Good Culture Club, a team effort from a trio of Liholiho alums: general manager Aimee Arcilla, chef Kevin Keovanpheng, and chef Brett Shaw. The menu splits two ways, savory and sweet, with plates inspired by Arcilla’s Filipina heritage and Shaw’s Laotian upbringing.

A view of the rooftop deck at Good Good Culture Club. Patricia Chang

El Techo

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El Techo has long been one of the city’s best options for outdoor drinking, day or night. Head up to the rooftop patio overlooking Mission Street for margaritas, small plates, and an excellent weekday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are heaters scattered around the roof and if you want the very best views, belly up to the drinking rail.

One of the city’s biggest rooftop spaces means plenty of room to gather pals for cocktails and occasional live music. The greenery scattered throughout gives it a lush vibe, though it’s in the midst of the Tenderloin, surrounded by hotels and apartment buildings.

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Charmaine's Rooftop Bar & Lounge

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Look up and down Market Street’s windy corridor from the glass-enclosed patio of Charmaine’s, perched atop the well-heeled Proper Hotel. It’s got drinks designed by Bon Vivants Hospitality (Trick Dog, Chezchez), snacks by Jason Fox of the late Commonwealth, and high style to match. The best seats are around one of the fire pits, so act fast.

Dirty Habit

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On the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos, Dirty Habit is a hidden-away lair secluded by SoMa high rises. It’s dark and luxe indoors, but it opens out onto fire pits and lounge-worthy sofas. Sip from a menu of craft cocktails, which switches up with the seasons, and snack on oysters and shishito peppers, or go all-in on wild halibut or barbecue short ribs.

Rooftop lounge at Dirty Habit Dirty Habit

Bluestem Restaurant & Market

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Bluestem is back with a new menu focused on fresh California food including sandwiches, salads, and a case of gorgeous baked goods. During the restaurant’s extended pandemic-induced hibernation, the dining room got a few upgrades: a fresh coat of paint, a big communal table, and lots of lush ferns. But wind all the way upstairs for the more secluded wrap-around rooftop, with a birds-eye view of Market and Yerba Buena Lane.

Rooftop Bluestem Kelly Puleio

Rooftop 25

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Atop SoMa’s 25 Lusk is a lovely rooftop bar serving wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and other bar snacks. Frozen cocktails, beers, and wines are attractive orders, particularly when the heaters come on to combat Bay Area winter (or notoriously cool summer) weather.

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KAIYO ROOFTOP

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Decked out with swaying palm trees and a lush plant wall, this new-ish rooftop bar and restaurant is perched high above the SoMa skyline atop the Hyatt Place hotel. From the team behind Cow Hollow’s Kaiyo, expect a menu of Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei food and drinks including inventive sushi rolls, a variety of ceviches, and tropically-inspired cocktails — tiny umbrellas and all.

A view west from the rooftop at Kaiyo Rooftop. Photos by Anthony Parks & Emilio Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Oeste - Bar

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This Old Oakland bar and restaurant has the ideal rooftop for snacking on shrimp and grits, fried brussels sprouts, and steak frites. Cocktails, beer, wine, and happy hour drink specials that start at 11 a.m. are all extra reasons to stop by.

Study Hall Rooftop Lounge

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Berkley welcomed its highest rooftop bar in March with the debut of Study Hall at the Residence Inn in downtown. While you take in the expansive views of the University of California Berkeley campus, peruse an approachable menu with light Asian influences: think a green onion pancake served with Kewpie mayo and a kimchi rice bowl. Ten specialty cocktails include variations on familiar favorites such as the Campus Bird, a jungle bird riff with rum and Campari.

A blue cocktail in a coupe glass. Study Hall

High 5ive

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Oakland residents also got a new rooftop perch in the East Bay with the opening of High 5ive atop the Kissel Uptown Oakland hotel. Snacks range from artichoke spinach dip and a meat and cheese plate to a chopped salad and carnitas tacos, with cocktails options such as the spritz-y Delayed Flight, featuring Tito’s vodka, Aperol, grapefruit, and lime.

Fiorella Sunset

The rooftop deck at Fiorella Sunset dressed up with string lights and a retractable awning Hardy Wilson/Fiorella

You’d never know it at first glance, but there’s a slender rooftop patio perched atop Fiorella’s newest outpost in the Sunset. Hung with string lights and armed with heaters, it’s a cozy setting for sharing wood-fired pizzas and fresh pastas.

The rooftop deck at Fiorella Sunset dressed up with string lights and a retractable awning Hardy Wilson/Fiorella

Good Good Culture Club

A view of the rooftop deck at Good Good Culture Club. Patricia Chang

In January, the former Dear Inga space (which hosted chef Ravi Kapur’s Liholiho Yacht Club throughout the pandemic) flipped into Good Good Culture Club, a team effort from a trio of Liholiho alums: general manager Aimee Arcilla, chef Kevin Keovanpheng, and chef Brett Shaw. The menu splits two ways, savory and sweet, with plates inspired by Arcilla’s Filipina heritage and Shaw’s Laotian upbringing.

A view of the rooftop deck at Good Good Culture Club. Patricia Chang

El Techo

El Techo has long been one of the city’s best options for outdoor drinking, day or night. Head up to the rooftop patio overlooking Mission Street for margaritas, small plates, and an excellent weekday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are heaters scattered around the roof and if you want the very best views, belly up to the drinking rail.

Jones

Jones

One of the city’s biggest rooftop spaces means plenty of room to gather pals for cocktails and occasional live music. The greenery scattered throughout gives it a lush vibe, though it’s in the midst of the Tenderloin, surrounded by hotels and apartment buildings.

Jones

Charmaine's Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Look up and down Market Street’s windy corridor from the glass-enclosed patio of Charmaine’s, perched atop the well-heeled Proper Hotel. It’s got drinks designed by Bon Vivants Hospitality (Trick Dog, Chezchez), snacks by Jason Fox of the late Commonwealth, and high style to match. The best seats are around one of the fire pits, so act fast.

Dirty Habit

Rooftop lounge at Dirty Habit Dirty Habit

On the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos, Dirty Habit is a hidden-away lair secluded by SoMa high rises. It’s dark and luxe indoors, but it opens out onto fire pits and lounge-worthy sofas. Sip from a menu of craft cocktails, which switches up with the seasons, and snack on oysters and shishito peppers, or go all-in on wild halibut or barbecue short ribs.

Rooftop lounge at Dirty Habit Dirty Habit

Bluestem Restaurant & Market

Rooftop Bluestem Kelly Puleio

Bluestem is back with a new menu focused on fresh California food including sandwiches, salads, and a case of gorgeous baked goods. During the restaurant’s extended pandemic-induced hibernation, the dining room got a few upgrades: a fresh coat of paint, a big communal table, and lots of lush ferns. But wind all the way upstairs for the more secluded wrap-around rooftop, with a birds-eye view of Market and Yerba Buena Lane.

Rooftop Bluestem Kelly Puleio

Rooftop 25

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Atop SoMa’s 25 Lusk is a lovely rooftop bar serving wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and other bar snacks. Frozen cocktails, beers, and wines are attractive orders, particularly when the heaters come on to combat Bay Area winter (or notoriously cool summer) weather.

Courtesy of Rooftop 25

KAIYO ROOFTOP

A view west from the rooftop at Kaiyo Rooftop. Photos by Anthony Parks & Emilio Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Decked out with swaying palm trees and a lush plant wall, this new-ish rooftop bar and restaurant is perched high above the SoMa skyline atop the Hyatt Place hotel. From the team behind Cow Hollow’s Kaiyo, expect a menu of Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei food and drinks including inventive sushi rolls, a variety of ceviches, and tropically-inspired cocktails — tiny umbrellas and all.

A view west from the rooftop at Kaiyo Rooftop. Photos by Anthony Parks & Emilio Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Oeste - Bar

This Old Oakland bar and restaurant has the ideal rooftop for snacking on shrimp and grits, fried brussels sprouts, and steak frites. Cocktails, beer, wine, and happy hour drink specials that start at 11 a.m. are all extra reasons to stop by.

Study Hall Rooftop Lounge

A blue cocktail in a coupe glass. Study Hall

Berkley welcomed its highest rooftop bar in March with the debut of Study Hall at the Residence Inn in downtown. While you take in the expansive views of the University of California Berkeley campus, peruse an approachable menu with light Asian influences: think a green onion pancake served with Kewpie mayo and a kimchi rice bowl. Ten specialty cocktails include variations on familiar favorites such as the Campus Bird, a jungle bird riff with rum and Campari.

A blue cocktail in a coupe glass. Study Hall

High 5ive

Oakland residents also got a new rooftop perch in the East Bay with the opening of High 5ive atop the Kissel Uptown Oakland hotel. Snacks range from artichoke spinach dip and a meat and cheese plate to a chopped salad and carnitas tacos, with cocktails options such as the spritz-y Delayed Flight, featuring Tito’s vodka, Aperol, grapefruit, and lime.

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