SF’s Best Rooftop Bars
Drinks taste better with a view
Our sunny spring has been hijacked (boo to this premature chilly, cloudy weather).
But we’re holding on to hope for brighter, warmer days before Karl the Fog sets in for summertime.
Because we love you, we put together a cheat sheet of rooftop bars that you can have at the ready as soon as a nice day hits.
El Techo de Lolinda
This Mission oasis serves up potent margaritas and bar snacks like quesadillas, house-made chorizo and sweet plantains to keep you from getting too tipsy before dinner. The key here: Tall glass walls shield patrons from whipping evening winds.
2518 Mission St.; 415-550-6970 or eltechosf.com
The Living Roof at California Academy of Sciences
Did you know that drinks are allowed on the rooftop during the science museum’s weekly NightLife event? Throw on your jacket and head up to the Renzo Piano-designed rolling garden, meant to symbolize the seven hills of San Francisco.
55 Music Concourse Dr.; 415-379-8000 or calacademy.org
Yes, it’s a tad touristy, but there’s no questioning the vistas from the 39th-floor lounge at the Marriott Marquis (cheekily nicknamed “the jukebox”). When you have guests in town, go early and park yourselves at one of the window tables for breathtaking sunset views.
780 Mission St.; 415-442-6003 or sfviewlounge.com