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Rooftop Bars, Lounges, and Restaurants

Living the High Life in San Diego

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.

Nolen Rooftop

Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

Top of the Hyatt

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.

When: 1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA  92101

Rustic Root

Rustic Root (featured image) showcases a dynamic rustic American cuisine where dishes are rooted in tradition yet have an inventive modern flare. The signature drink menu concentrates on timeless and iconic classics, with creative options for playful drinkers like their craft cocktail shots – sip-size versions of the classics finished with curated garnishes.

Where: 535 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Float

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 Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

The Rooftop by STK

The exclusive Andaz San Diego is home to downtown's 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 The Rooftop by STK 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

The Nolen

From high atop The Nolen (left), take in panoramic views of downtown, the Coronado Bay 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

Level Four Pool Deck and Lounge

Hosting some of the hottest events in town, the Level Four Pool Deck and Lounge at the Palomar San Diego lets you rock the night away, cool off in the pool or relax while sipping their signature cocktails.

Where: 1047 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Upper East Bar

Located on the fourth floor of Kimpton's Hotel Solamar in downtown San Diego, Upper East Bar is a rooftop oasis where sexy singles sip fresh fruit cocktails and lounge by a sparkling pool and roaring fire pits.

Where: 435 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

The Pool House

Boasting beautiful views of the Gaslamp Quarter, The Pool House at Pendry San Diego is a rooftop lounge embodying the essence of the Southern California lifestyle. Light, contemporary, and open-air, the indoor/outdoor space is perched above the Gaslamp’s famed 5th Avenue and plays host to relaxed daytime and evening events featuring a signature bar and cocktail experience for poolside guests.

Where: 550 J Street San Diego, California 92101

Fairweather - San Diego's East Village

East Village/Petco Park

Altitude Sky Lounge

Living up to its name in more ways than 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

Level 9 Rooftop Bar

It's not stuffy or exclusive but it is vibrant, delicious and offers quite a few indulgences for those who make their way up to Level 9 atop Hotel Indigo. It's actually the picture-perfect place to begin a night out on the town, because nothing goes better with cocktails and conversation than a stunning sunset over San Diego.

Where: 509 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Fairweather

Nestled in the East Village above the restaurant Rare Form, Fairweather's patio bar pays homage to San Diego's amazing climate with "drinks from sunny places" including daiquiris and piña coladas, mai tais and zombies.

Where: 793 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

Hotel Republic

Little Italy

Top Side Terrace Kitchen & Bar

Nestled on the 3rd floor rooftop of the Hotel Republic San Diego 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 St, San Diego, CA 92101

Glass Door

Sitting atop the Porto Vista Hotel, Glass Door offers an assortment of craft cocktails and beers to complement a full menu of seafood and other cuisine, inspired by the worldly flavors of culinary capitals from around the world - all served with a panoramic view of the San Diego Marina.

Where: 1835 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101

Kettner Exchange

This Little Italy open-air rooftop lounge offers a unique variety of libations including boutique wines, craft and classic cocktail decanters and self-serve beer taps located right inside private cabanas.

Where: 2001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Born and Raised

While you are waiting for your table or just looking for drink, head up the stairs of Born and Raised for local cocktail and gorgeous panoramic views of Little Italy.

Where: 1909 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

Bertrand's at Mr. A's - Hillcrest Rooftop Bar

Hillcrest/Uptown

Bertrand at Mister A's

For an elegant rooftop experience, Bertrand at Mister A's offers panoramic views of Downtown, Balboa Park and San Diego Bay. Known for good food, old-school sophistication and a great happy hour, Mr. A's is a fine spot to enjoy a romantic night out.

Where: 2550 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Cantania - La Jolla

La Jolla

George's at the Cove

Considered one of the region's best rooftop dining locales, grab a bite al fresco at Ocean Terrace overlooking the picturesque La Jolla Cove. House specialties include a range of unique vodka infusions and new twists on the traditional, like the Seasonal Caipirinha.

Where: 1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

Dukes La Jolla

Treat your guests to some of the most spectacular sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean overlooking the La Jolla Cove. A variety of menus are available all featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients, sustainable seafood and premium steaks served along with the genuine friendly service.

Where: 1216 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

Catania

Located on the top floor of the redesigned La Plaza center in La Jolla, Catania dishes up 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 Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Cannonball - Mission Bay Rooftop Bar

Mission Bay & Beaches

Cannonball

Besides the delicious California cuisine, Pacific Rim influences and sushi, this oceanfront restaurant is serving up one of the best views in Mission Beach. Sip on refreshing seasonally-inspired beach craft cocktails while soaking up the essence of this bustling, beautiful San Diego beach.

Where: 3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109

Pacific Beach Ale House

Located in the heart of Pacific Beach, PB Ale House epitomizes the Southern California lifestyle with great music, a stylish relaxed atmosphere, spectacular sunset views over the Pacific Ocean, and of course, a full suite of handed craft beer selections brewed onsite by their in-house Brew Masters.

Where: 721 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Amplified Ale Works

An ocean-view gastropub and craft brewery serving fresh Mediterranean-inspired dishes alongside craft beer and wine.

Where: 4150 Mission Blvd, Unit 208, San Diego, CA 92109

Ocean Beach Brewery

The third floor is the crown jewel of the Ocean Beach Brewery with a rooftop deck and panoramic view of the ocean, OB Pier and the surrounding Ocean Beach and Point Loma hillside. This rooftop was designed to be the highest point in Ocean Beach and provide a spectacular view unmatched in OB.

Where: 5041 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

El Prez

Chow down on gourmet tacos made with fresh, local ingredients and served in house-made tortillas while sipping a drink from the bar that features a large selection of tequilas, with 18 beers on tap, all while enjoying the view of Pacific Beach from the rooftop.

Where: 4190 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


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