Top of the Mark
Hotel Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, American, $$$
A jewel perched atop one of the most renowned urban hills in the world, Top of the Mark is the quintessential cocktail lounge with a view, complete with live piano music. Claiming the 19th floor of the Mark Hopkins Hotel, the bar boasts sweeping views of the city. Take a cable car ride up California Street to the lounge early in the evening (doors open at 4:30) to secure a prime seat for sunset watching before the crowd rushes in for happy hour. $$ – Expect a classic Top of the Mark martini to set you back $14, and a Kobe beef slider plate will be $27.