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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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

SummerSalt Rooftop Bar and Lounge

Hosting some of the hottest events in town, the SummerSalt Rooftop Bar 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.

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.

Renaissance Rooftop Bar - Little Italy

Little Italy

Rooftop Bar

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.

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.

Kettner Exchange

Little Italy's only 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.

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.

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.


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.

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


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.

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.


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.

Cannonball - Mission Bay Rooftop Bar

Mission Bay & Beaches


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.

Amplified Ale Works

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

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