Rooftop bars San Francisco

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8 best rooftop bars in San Francisco [2021 update]

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Last updated: April 14th, 2020

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While San Francisco do look beautiful from above, the city is not packed with open-air and elevated rooftop bars. Much beacuse the summertime cool winds and fog make outdoor experiences a bit...uncertain. But there are some really amazing San Francisco rooftop bars well worth checking out.

So bring a jacket and hope for a sunny day, as this guide will lead you to the best venues, packed with all info you need about each rooftop bar SF: business hours, dress code, pics, loaction and much more. So, which is the best rooftop bar SF? Just scroll down and find the San Francisco rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Rooftop bar SF Everdene Rooftop in San Francisco
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Everdene Rooftop

$$$$ | 12th floor | SoMa
  • Highlights
  • Lively, hot & trendy
  • Amazing views
  • Live DJs

The Virgin Hotels rooftop bar in SoMa offers lively, hot and trendy vibes, along with fantastic views over Nob Hill, downtown and Twin Peaks. Called Everedene, the rooftop bar and restaurant comes with both a luxurious and stylish indoor lounge, as well as a lush and garden-like outdoor terrace. Enjoy creative and seasonal signature cocktails, tasty and filling bites and live DJs usually starting already in the afternoon.

Rooftop bar SF 620 Jones in San Francisco
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620 Jones

$$$ | 2nd floor | Union Square
  • Highlights
  • Signature cocktails
  • Sunday brunch
  • Garden-like

Located on 620 Jones Street, just a few blocks from Unioun Square, Jones is both indoor and outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant, with a spacious second floor terrace. Lush and garden-like in setting and with lots of cozy furnishing, the Jones rooftop bar serves a wide range of crafted signature and Jones cocktails along with a nice selection of wines and Latin-Mediterranean-style dinner and fresh oven-baked pizza's. Relaxing and nice lounge vibes, turning more vibrant on weekend evenings with live music.

Rooftop bar SF Rooftop 25 in San Francisco
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Rooftop 25

$$$$ | 3rd floor | SoMa
  • Highlights
  • Playful menu
  • Spacious & relaxed
  • Amazing sunset

A spacious and casual rooftop bar, located on top of the 25 Lusk restaurant in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco. Equipped with communal tables, glass windscreens and a canopy of heat lamps, Rooftop 25 is pleasant both during the warm and sunny days and the more chilly Bay Area nights. The rooftop bar offers a playful menu, including frozen and specialty cocktails as well as hand crafted pizzas, burgers and prezel-hot dogs from the oakwood fired oven.

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Rooftop bar SF El Techo de Lolinda in San Francisco
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El Techo de Lolinda

$$ | 5th floor | Mission District
  • Highlights
  • Great atmosphere
  • Open 364 days
  • Latin American cuisine

Located on top of the Lolinda Steakhouse in the heart of the Mission district, El Techo is a relaxed rooftop bar with latin vibes and stunning 360-degree views of San Francisco. Here you can enjoy Latin American street food along with delicious cocktails 364 days of the year and rooftop brunch every weekend. Open-air, but equipped with retractacle roof and heaters for those chilly nights, El Techo de Lolinda has a fun and vibrant in atmosphere and is a great spot for some relaxing drinks with friends.

Rooftop bar SF Rooftop at VIA in San Francisco
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Rooftop at VIA

$$$$ | 12th floor | South Beach
  • Highlights
  • Exclusive
  • 360-views
  • Chic & luxurious

The Hotel Via rooftop bar is one of the best in San Francisco, and also one of the most exclusive. Only available to those staying at the hotel, or by hosting a private event, which means reserving one of the luxurious cabanas for six people and upwards. When entrance is sorted, the stylish and chic terrace will great you with fantastic 360-degree views over the San Francisco skyline, including the close by Oracle Park, and let you indulge in hand-crafted cocktails, champagne and tasty tapas.

Rooftop bar SF B Restaurant & Bar in San Francisco
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B Restaurant & Bar

$$$ | 2nd floor | Yerba Buena Gardens
  • Highlights
  • Countryside vibes
  • Lush terrace
  • Contemporary

Set on top of the Moscone Center and Gardens, the B Restaurant & Bar brings a large slice of countryside vibes right to the heart of San Francisco. The lush terrace is equipped with both fountains and flowers, and while not sky-high, it still offers offers great views over Yerba Buena Gardens and the downtown skyline. Settle down at one of the large tables with a group of friends and enjoy seasonal house cocktails, pitchers of beer and sangria, along with tasty and fresh comfort food.

Rooftop bar SF The Cheesecake Factory in San Francisco
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The Cheesecake Factory

$$$ | 8th floor | Union Square
  • Highlights
  • Cheesecake bar
  • Skyline views
  • Weekend brunch

The Cheesecake Factory can be found all across the US, but the one located at Union Square is special, as it is not only a heaven for cheescake-lovers, but also one of the best rooftop bars San Francisco has to offer. Situated on the 8th floor of the department store Macy's, the views you get over the city's skyscrapers and Union Square are amazing. Apart from 40 different varieties of cheesecake to choose from, there is also food ranging from pasta and steaks to weekend brunch and a drink list with specialty cocktails and a good selection of beer and wine.

Rooftop bar SF 343 Sansome Rooftop Deck in San Francisco
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343 Sansome Rooftop Deck

BYO | 15th floor | Financial District
  • Highlights
  • BYO
  • Garden like

Not really a rooftop bar, but a public terrace where you can bring your own food and drinks and enjoy under the San Francisco sun. Located in the middle of the financial district, the 343 Sansome terrace offers a nice view among the city's skyscrapers and main business district. Rooftop garden in feel, with nice flowers and trees, the 15th floor terrace is open to all and a great spot for a lunch with a view.

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Rooftop bar San Francisco

Rooftop-grade: 7/10
Prime season: March-Nov
Residents: 8,4 millions
Climate: subtropical mediterranean

Which are the best rooftops in San Francisco? This complete guide will help you find the best rooftop bars in San Francisco. The climate in San Francisco is subtropical mediterranean, which means mild and dry summers and rainy winters. The temperature varies between 10-25 degrees celsius. This means that the best rooftop bars in San Francisco are open during the warmer months.

The best rooftop bars in SF are often luxurious and with spectacular views and cozy interior.

Unfortunately there aren't that many sky lounges in San Francisco, but those you can find are quite cool. Everything from rooftop bars with amazing view over San Francisco to small cozy terraces where you can eat nice food.

Keep that in mind when searching for SF rooftop bars. If you are looking for the best rooftop bar San Francisco has to offer closest to your location, just check out our map over the best rooftops in SF.

About San Francisco

San Francisco is America's second most densely populated city. The city is situated on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. The city is most famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, the former prison Alcatraz, the characteristic trams and the fog over all the city's hills. San Francisco is also very famous for its candor and openness, and it is considered by many to be the gay and hippie capital of the world.