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The Best Rooftop Bars In The Bay Area, San Francisco
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The Best Rooftop Bars In The Bay Area, San Francisco

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Updated: 11 November 2016
San Francisco summers are not known as the sunniest nor the warmest. When the sun does shine, it is always a good idea to head outside, grab a drink and soak up the sun. These days are rare, so we searched the Bay Area for the best outdoor rooftop bars perfect for both warm and cold days. Head over, have a cocktail and enjoy the beautiful views of our top rooftops in the Bay.
An Evening at El Techo | © Eric Wolfinger
An Evening at El Techo | © Eric Wolfinger

El Techo De Lolinda

Voted as one of San Francisco’s best Latin Bars, El Techo De Lolinda is an Argentinian restaurant and rooftop bar that is always a great spot, whether you want to grab a drink and relax or enjoy a wild night out. With a beautiful view of San Francisco’s Mission District, El Techo De Lolinda is an enjoyable spot no matter the weather. On hot days, soak up the sun and head to the rooftop to try out the bar’s specialty cocktails or have a snow cone to cool off. The bar also attracts a crowd on cooler days, with heaters near every table to keep all customers warm while they admire the view. Grab some friends and head over to El Techo De Lolinda to enjoy some sharable plates while enjoying the view over one of San Francisco’s most exciting districts.

El Techo De Lolinda, 2518 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110, USA, +1 415-550-6970

Mad Oak

Located across the Bay Bridge in Oakland, this low-roof rooftop bar is always a great time, whether you’re going to party or for an after work drink. The low-key, edgy-hipster, nautical inspired bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating areas. The outdoor upper rooftop area is a friendly environment with picnic tables and cornhole games. Mad Oak also has a patio on the ground floor to accommodate larger crowds. Head over and check out their amazing selection of draft beers and challenge friends to a game of cornhole.

Mad Oak Bar, 135 12th Street, Oakland, CA, 94067, USA, +1 510-924-2047


Located on Jones Street in the Tenderloin, Jones is a quieter, beautiful rooftop bar and dining area that is not one to miss. The dimly lit rooftop has the quaint hipster vibe of San Francisco with lots of vegetation and sleek wooden tables. Jones offers a variety of classic American food, tasty cocktails and great music. On cooler days, the restaurant and rooftop offers indoor seating or, for those daring to sit outside, they offer heaters to keep you warm. Their Sunday brunch on the roof is also a must-try and often attracts a crowd, so make sure to make a reservation. Head over to Jones any day except Mondays and enjoy one of San Francisco’s rooftops.

Jones, 620 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102, USA, +1 415-496-6858

View of the Bay Bridge from Quiver Bar | ©Sean O'Shaughnessy/ Flickr
View of the Bay Bridge from Quiver Bar | ©Sean O’Shaughnessy/ Flickr

Quiver Bar at Epic Roasthouse

On the second floor of Epic Roasthouse, Quiver Bar offers an incredible view of the Bay Bridge, San Francisco, and the East Bay. Located just along the water, this pricier bar will remind you of a beach lounge overlooking the water, with it’s long wooden bar, top-shelf liquors, large white umbrellas and wicker chairs. The menu at Quiver offers sliders, high-end fries and other fancy, fun bar snacks that can be enjoyed in the large leather club chairs inside or outside in the breeze, weather forbidding. On a nice night, treat yourself and grab a delicious meal at Epic Roasthouse then head upstairs for incredible cocktails, the bay breeze and a striking view.

Quiver Bar, 369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, 94105, USA, +1 415-369-9955

Outdoor Seating Area at B Restaurant & Bar | © 2014 Boxed Foods Company
Outdoor Seating Area at B Restaurant & Bar | © 2014 Boxed Foods Company

B Restaurant & Bar

With both indoor and outdoor seating, B Restaurant & Bar is one of the most beautiful rooftop bars you will find in the city. Located in the Financial District, this modern bar is just above the Yerba Buena Gardens, which inspired the rooftop garden and glass pyramid structures. On a cold day, they offer an indoor seating area that’s enclosed by glass, making you feel as though you are sitting outdoors. The restaurant and bar focus on quality. Their cocktails are seasonal, their beer and wine is Californian and the restaurant promotes the importance of local food.

B Restaurant & Bar, 720 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, USA, +1 415-495-9800