So its sunset in San Francisco and somehow it’s still 65 and holding, you need a hot bar with a cool drink. Follow our handy guide to San Francisco rooftop bars and in no time you'll be bleary eyed and belligerently cheersing the sun. We've added a few enclosed bars that sit way up in the clouds just in case the fog’s rolled in but you still want to get your view on behind glass.
620 Jones St
The perfect place to gather for a night of drinks, incredible food and great music under the stars… or even a blanket of fog while you bask in the glow of our heated terrace, Jones will keep you up all night and invite you back for the best Sunday brunch in San Francisco. Jones rooftop patio adjoins one of San Francisco’s stunning historic landmark buildings, built in 1929, just three blocks west of Union Square. Look for the towering blue-steel gates just to the right of the Gaylord Suites at 620 Jones. You can’t miss ‘em.
466 Bush St
This bar is an Oasis of calm when the city is too hot for super skinny jeans and serves up a great happy hour that will definitely take the edge off. Between 4:00p.m. and 7:00p.m., the bar serves a free appetizer with any drink off its cocktail menu, which you are then free to take up to their unmanned rooftop. Save yourself the hassle of lots of mini trips and order up a few rounds of chartreuse then hit the roof in style. Enjoy great views of the San Francisco skyline with your crew. On top of that, the hotel is completely green and helps the environment as it hurts your liver. As an added bonus you can wow your friends by introducing them to this brand new hot spot and take the credit for the discovery. Don't worry, your secret's safe with us.
55 Fourth St
Unwind with cocktails and small plates while enjoying a spectacular view of downtown San Francisco at the bar and restaurant on the 39th story of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Besides offering delicious food and cocktails, View Lounge plays hosts to great parties, including their signature New Years Eve event, where you can get down to the beats of local DJs and celebrate as you overlook the majestic skyline of San Francisco.
609 Sutter Street
This is another undiscovered gem that sits high in might in sky and actually is about eye level to the Star Light lounge. As long as you don't mind being surrounded by shouts of "hoorah" and lots of male bonding, the drinks are cheap and plentiful, the view is stellar and the crowd is older but they can drink harder then you can. They say freedom isn't free, but buy these battle hardened group of vets a few rounds and you'll definitely help pay the price.
One Nob Hill (999 California St)
Go big or go home--that's the feeling at the top of the Mark. Whether you've just made a million in the tech sector or owe a ton on your student loans, this is the place to feel like the cream of the crop. Sure, everything costs more (a whole lot more), but that's what it takes to be at the top. Take a gander of the 100 Martinis List as you take in the sunset and enjoy the best views San Francisco has to offer.
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