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5 Fabulous San Francisco Rooftop Bars

April 17, 2018

OTEL ROOFTOP BARS AND LOUNGES continue to be on the upswing of the trend cycle. Sometimes, in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, all groups need to do is go upstairs at their own hotel to experience a relaxing local vibe, from sweeping city views and culinary delights to perfectly crafted cocktails (at Hotel Via, Proper San Francisco and Archer Hotel Napa, for instance).

If you do want to venture beyond your hotel to a rooftop bar/restaurant, consider these five popular spots in San Francisco that earn raves from residents. All have private event opportunities that still capture the local vibe.

Jones

Jones

620 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102 b/t Colin Pl & Geary St Lower Nob Hill

Located three blocks from Union Square, Jones makes all the “best” lists. This lushly landscaped, second-story spot is surrounded by tall buildings that give it an intimate courtyard feel. It features multiple bars, as well as private and semi-private event spaces for groups of 50 to more than 1,000.

The Roof at Twenty Five Lusk

25 Lusk St, San Francisco, CA 94107 at Townsend St / Mission Bay

This recently opened new-American restaurant, lounge and bar in SoMa features a living wall and pizza oven, along with small bites. Private events for 15–450 guests can be accommodated; private dining rooms (with audiovisual options) can be converted for conference space.

El Techo

El Techno

2516 Mission St (Mission), San Francisco, CA 94110

This Mission neighborhood stalwart for Latin-American street food and cocktails on a rooftop with expansive city views. It’s situated above its sister restaurant, Lolinda, an Argentinean steakhouse. Buy-outs are possible for 60 guests. Reservations are taken for groups of 20 or more; your group should be prepared to stand in line if it just pops in.

Dirty Habit

12 4th St San Francisco, CA 94103 at Stevenson St (Union Square, SoMa)

Also, a perennial top pick, located on the fifth floor of SoMa’s Hotel Zelos, Dirty Habit is known for its huge selection of spirits. Partial and full buyouts are possible; private dining rooms for 150–500 guests are available.

B Restaurant and Bar

B Restaurant and Bar San Francisco

720 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103 b/t 4th St & 3rd St (SoMa, Financial District)

This contemporary California restaurant and outdoor terrace atop Moscone North overlooks Yerba Buena Gardens, and offers great city views. Buyouts are possible for up to 400 guests.

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