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9 Extremely Pleasant Rooftop Bars in San Francisco

The very slim selection of bars and restaurants that have outdoor rooftop access

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There are many great restaurants and bars with views in San Francisco, 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 SF’s best, most heater- and fire-pit-appointed rooftops, it’s a good idea to bring a jacket. Meanwhile, there are a couple of honorable mentions in the warmer East Bay, for al fresco dining and drinking in Oakland and Walnut Creek.

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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1. Liholiho Yacht Club

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3560 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 589-7266
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Liholiho Yacht Club, the favorite Cal-Hawaiian restaurant, recently sailed down from Nob Hill and relocated to the Mission, temporarily moving into the Dear Inga space to take care of a few renovations, so they say. The considerable upshot is that their new temporary home on 18th Street has a glorious rooftop, which they have repainted in rainbow colors, just in time for SF Pride. Step right up for spam steam buns, ahi tuna poke, and butter mochi cake.

Rainbow rooftop at Liholiho Yacht Club Liholiho Yacht Club

2. El Techo

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2516 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-6970
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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.

3. Jones

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620 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 496-6858
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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 buldings.

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4. Charmaine's Rooftop Bar & Lounge

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1100 Market Street Entrance at, 45 McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 786-3467
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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 the crew at Trick Dog, 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 on nice days.

5. Dirty Habit

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12 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 348-1555
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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 a 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

6. Rooftop 25

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25 Lusk St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 495-5875
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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 summer weather.

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7. Oeste - Bar

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722 Clay St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 817-4157
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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 a happy hour drink specials that start at 11 a.m. are all extra reasons to stop by.

8. Telefèric Barcelona

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1500 Mt Diablo Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 300-3826
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A covered rooftop is an ideal place to grab a gin and tonic, pintxos, or tapas. It’s an offshoot of a popular Barcelona restaurant, bringing flamenco, paella, and more to downtown Walnut Creek (where the weather is often sunnier than SF).

9. Rooftop Restaurant & Bar

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1500 Mt Diablo Blvd #300
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 300-3540
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This aptly named rooftop does not mess around: It’s open rain or shine, no matter what, and features a retractable rooftop, fans, heaters for cool weather, and mister for hot weather. The menu has a heavy offering of small plates and share plates, an ideal set-up for the groups of friends that will inevitably flock here.

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1. Liholiho Yacht Club

3560 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Rainbow rooftop at Liholiho Yacht Club Liholiho Yacht Club

Liholiho Yacht Club, the favorite Cal-Hawaiian restaurant, recently sailed down from Nob Hill and relocated to the Mission, temporarily moving into the Dear Inga space to take care of a few renovations, so they say. The considerable upshot is that their new temporary home on 18th Street has a glorious rooftop, which they have repainted in rainbow colors, just in time for SF Pride. Step right up for spam steam buns, ahi tuna poke, and butter mochi cake.

3560 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. El Techo

2516 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

2516 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

3. Jones

620 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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 buldings.

620 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Charmaine's Rooftop Bar & Lounge

1100 Market Street Entrance at, 45 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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 the crew at Trick Dog, 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 on nice days.

1100 Market Street Entrance at, 45 McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Dirty Habit

12 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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 a 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.

12 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

6. Rooftop 25

25 Lusk St, San Francisco, CA 94107
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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 summer weather.

25 Lusk St
San Francisco, CA 94107

7. Oeste - Bar

722 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607

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 a happy hour drink specials that start at 11 a.m. are all extra reasons to stop by.

722 Clay St
Oakland, CA 94607

8. Telefèric Barcelona

1500 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

A covered rooftop is an ideal place to grab a gin and tonic, pintxos, or tapas. It’s an offshoot of a popular Barcelona restaurant, bringing flamenco, paella, and more to downtown Walnut Creek (where the weather is often sunnier than SF).

1500 Mt Diablo Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

9. Rooftop Restaurant & Bar

1500 Mt Diablo Blvd #300, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Rendering courtesy of Rooftop

This aptly named rooftop does not mess around: It’s open rain or shine, no matter what, and features a retractable rooftop, fans, heaters for cool weather, and mister for hot weather. The menu has a heavy offering of small plates and share plates, an ideal set-up for the groups of friends that will inevitably flock here.

1500 Mt Diablo Blvd #300
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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