San Francisco's 5 Best Rooftop Bars

A roundup of great elevated spots for imbibing

Rooftop bars just might be one of the best things about urban summers. Here are a few of our favorites, both old and new, in San Francisco.

Charmaine's (©Noah Webb)


The view is grand, the vibe intimate and the drinks an artform at the Proper Hotel's rooftop bar and lounge. The indoor and outdoor space has European charm, mixing floral patterns with bold, geometric designs. Brick walls and native plants border the terrace where firepits and black-and-white-striped chairs keep things cozy-chic. Every seat is a good one, with vantages 120 feet above Market Street. The only hard decision will be which creative cocktail to try.

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Rooftop 25

The vibe is relaxed at this modern SoMa rooftop with a fun menu offering roasted oysters, wood-fired pizzas and alcoholic Otter Pops. It's the newest destination for a game day (or any day) drink. A windscreen, heaters and retractable canopy romanced by string lights have the city's tricky weather covered. Look past the olive trees gracing the perimeter and bask in west-facing views backlit by a peachy sunset.

Umbrellas at El Techo in San Francisco
El Techo (©Aubrie Pick)

El Techo

Why is this the Mission's hot spot? Latin American libations. Sizzling city views. A killer happy hour. Tip: arrive early.

Dirty Habit
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Dirty Habit

Hotel Zelos' sexy outdoor space is replete with fireplaces, fountains and leather sofas. A must for whiskey hounds seeking rarities.

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Brunch, happy hour, just because—cheers to all of the above in this welcoming courtyard that offers a casual, spacious respite.