With year-round beautiful weather, a glittering skyline and breathtaking views, there is no better place to enjoy a libation than high atop a roof in San Diego. Luckily, a growing rank of swanky rooftop bars from Downtown to the beach invite you to have your head in the clouds while you enjoy sunsets, stars, hand-crafted cocktails, local craft beer and farm-fresh plates well into the night.
Living up to its name in more ways then one, Altitude Sky Lounge lays claim to being the highest of all San Diego's rooftop bars. Perched atop the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter at 22 stories above street level, Altitude offers fantastic views of downtown, San Diego Bay, and Petco Park. It's the ideal place to sip a cocktail while watching a Padres game or relax with a beer and take in the sights.
Where: 660 K St, San Diego, CA 92101
Raise your glass and sip in style with a spectacular view 40 stories above San Diego Bay atop the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer dramatic panoramic views of the city below, Coronado Island and beyond.
Where: One Market Pl, San Diego, CA 92101
Nestled on the 3rd floor rooftop of the Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel in Little Italy, this bar is a visionary fusion of extraordinary cocktails and glittering views. Here you'll find an ambiance that combines coastal chills and downtown thrills with cozy fire pits and laid-back lounging space. Make the night special with friends in a private cabana and toast to the nightly Sunset Ritual by the bonfire.
Where: 421 West B Street, San Diego, CA 92101
The exclusive Andaz San Diego is home to downtown's the largest rooftop bar. Whether you want to shake it all night to the beats of hand-picked guest DJs or relax by the pool against the stunning backdrop of the San Diego skyline, the Andaz's RoofTop600 has you covered. Ramp it up a notch and order bottle service delivered to your private cabana.
Where: 600 F St, San Diego, CA 92101
Not to be outdone, the Palomar San Diego also offers a rooftop bar. Hosting some of the hottest events in town, the SummerSalt Rooftop Bar and Lounge lets you rock the night away, cool off in the pool, or relax while sipping their signature cocktails.
Where: 1047 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Located on the fourth floor of Kimpton's Hotel Solamar in downtown San Diego, LOUNGEsix is a rooftop oasis where sexy singles sip fresh fruit cocktails and lounge by a sparkling pool and roaring firepits.
Where: 616 J St., San Diego, CA 92101
Nestled in an oasis-like setting atop the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Float has it all: the fire pits and pool, the gorgeous views, amazing cocktails, copious amounts of flat-screens, non-stop action, and private cabanas.
Where: 207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Sitting atop the Porto Vista Hotel, Glass Door offers an craft cocktails, craft beers menu and cuisine influenced from every major culinary capital in the world all served with a panoramic view of the San Diego Marina.
Where: 1835 Columbia St., San Diego, CA 92101
Little Italy's only open-air rooftop lounge offers a unique variety of libation options in our cabanas including, boutique wines, craft cocktail decanters, individual classic cocktails and private, self serve beer taps located right inside private cabanas.
Where: 2001 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Nestled in the East Village above the Rare Form Restaurant & Delicatessen, Fairweather's patio bar pays homage to San Diego's amazing climate with "drinks from sunny places" including daiquiris and piña coladas and mai tais and zombies.
Where: 793 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
For a more relaxed rooftop experience try Bertrand at Mister A's offering panoramic views of Downtown, Balboa Park and San Diego Bay. Known for good food, old school elegance and a great happy-hour, Mr. A's is a fine spot to enjoy a romantic night out.
Where: 2550 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Farm fresh local food paired with a unique menu of craft cocktails served atop the Gaslamp Quarter's only rooftop restaurant.
Where: 535 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Take in panoramic views of downtown, the Coronado Bridge and Petco Park while sipping on a craft cocktail and nibbling on comfort-food-inspired plates with a selection of greens, flatbreads and snacks.
Where: 453 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Considered one of the region's best rooftop dining, grab a bite alfresco at the Ocean Terrace & Bar overlooking the picturesque La Jolla Cove. House specialties include a range of unique vodka infusions and new twists on the traditional, like the California Caipirinha.
Where: 1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Located on the top floor of the newly redesigned La Plaza center in La Jolla, Cantania San Diego authentic Italian coastal cuisine, Italian-Inspired cocktails, and fine wines in a relaxed, yet elevated setting featuring panoramic ocean views of La Jolla Cove.
Where: 7863 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
Sushi with a splash! Besides the delicious California cuisine Pacific Rim influences and sushi, this oceanfront restaurant is also serving up one of the best views in Mission Beach! It's never been more enjoyable to sip on refreshing seasonally inspired beach craft cocktails while soaking up the essence of the beach.
Where: 3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92190
An ocean-view gastropub and craft brewery serving fresh Mediterranean-inspired dishes along side craft beer and wine.
Where: 771 Pacific Beach Dr, San Diego, CA 92109