Fire Pits, Lobster Rolls and Tiki Vibes: Here’s Where to Drink Right Now
So yeah, summer eluded us this year, but instead of being bitter about it, we’ve rounded up a few alternate ways to toast the season—whether that means sipping a cocktail on a rooftop deck or getting tropical at a Polynesian-inspired drinking den. Here are six new spots to savor one last sip of summer before the fog rolls back in.
It may be chilly outside, but this is one of the hottest new rooftops in town. If you’re hanging on to the last hints of summer, head straight upstairs for laid-back alfresco vibes. Order a wood-fired pizza and a passion fruit margarita, then grab a blanket (yep, the bar has them waiting for you) and cozy up under a heat lamp. This is San Francisco, after all.
25 Lusk St.; 415-495-5875 or 25lusk.com
If summer to you means seafood with an ice-cold beer, then make a beeline for the first West Coast outpost of Luke’s Lobster, where the bright nautical design will instantly transport you to New England. Skip the long lines during lunchtime and go for happy hour instead (4 to 7 p.m. daily), when you can order a lobster roll and Tecate for only $19. Or go big and get Luke’s Trio—a half-size each of the shack’s lobster, shrimp and crab rolls—to truly satisfy your seafood craving.
Perched 120 feet above Market Street, this upscale rooftop bar and lounge—with decor that nods to the turn-of-the-century Vienna Secession art movement—offers sweeping views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. Outside, fireplaces will keep you toasty while you sip a fun-loving Mr. Jinks (mezcal, guava and roasted chili).
1100 Market St.; 628-895-2055 or properhotel.com
Step into this dark, jungle-esque drinking den—dressed up like overgrown airplane wreckage, complete with bar stools made from old American Airlines seats—for tropical vibes and dangerously delicious tiki-inspired cocktails. Try the namesake Last Rites, made with three types of rum, passion fruit and blackstrap molasses. And look out for fun garnishes like toasted marshmallows, watermelon slices and smoking incense sticks.
718 14th St.; 415-801-5989 or lastritesbar.com
The regular baseball season may be over, but that doesn’t take away from the incredible views of AT&T Park at this swanky rooftop lounge. Book yourself a mini staycation and post up in front of one of the rooftop’s fire pits with a good book and a glass of wine.
138 King St.; 415-200-4977 or hotelviasf.com
TRAILBLAZER TAVERN (COMING SOON)
The shiny Salesforce East building is about to get tropical with the addition of a Hawaiian restaurant and bar from the Michael Mina team. James Beard–nominated Hawaiian chefs Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka of Honolulu’s MW Restaurant will highlight island culture with a menu of noodle and rice dishes, dim sum and sashimi. But we’ve got our eyes on the tropical cocktails—perfect for sipping on the patio under heaters and café lights.
350 Mission St.; michaelmina.net