San Diego’s Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants

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Looking down at the city from high above makes you feel alive. Something about watching the hustle and bustle from a bird’s eye view makes you appreciate the beauty and recognize the wonders of life in the city. The perspective solicits awe and gratitude, especially if the scene you are experiencing is of a place you call home.  In San Diego, we are spoiled with breathtaking views from any part of town. Our city by the sea boasts near-perfect weather all year, beautiful sunsets nearly every day, and lots of places to take in the inspiring scene.

Downtown San Diego is home to many swanky rooftop bars, each with their own unique atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for a romantic, quiet spot to share an intimate meal with your significant other or you’re looking to tear up the dance floor and have a good time with some friends, downtown has plenty of options. These bars offer spectacular views of San Diego’s skyline, the Coronado Bay Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean. Bring your phone, you’re gonna want to take some photos and relive the memories.

Feeling romantic? You’ll have to plan ahead if you want to partake the elegance of Mister A’s. This sophisticated rooftop restaurant is one of San Diego’s toughest reservations (and for good reason). Dining at Mister A’s is a coveted experience. With a strict dress code, fine American Cuisine that consistently earns rave reviews and national awards, and the breathtaking view of San Diego’s cityscape, this restaurant is perhaps our city’s most iconic fine dining establishment. Voted most romantic, Mister A’s is one of the most popular restaurants in San Diego to pop the big question.

If you fancy yourself part of the hip, nightlife scene in San Diego, then you’ve probably heard of The Rooftop by STK. This rooftop restaurant and bar caters to a young, vibrant crowd. Complete with a a swimming pool, cabanas, and live DJs on Friday and Saturday nights, the The Rooftop by STK has everything you’ll need for a lavish, exciting night out on the town. The menu offers farm direct American cuisine “with a cool, SoCal spin” and creative signature cocktails. Join them for happy hour Sunday-Thursday from 4-7pm.

If you’re looking for a more laid back vibe, venture away from the city and into the small beach neighborhoods that offer a more casual kind of charm. These neighborhoods and their establishments bring in a more relaxed crowd. If you want to have a good time without having to dress up or pay a cover charge, look no further than Ocean Beach Brewery. Located half a block from the OB pier, the rooftop deck at Ocean Beach Brewery is a great spot to take in views of the colorful sunsets and the taste of local craft beer that San Diego is known for.

We hope you take an elevator (or at least a few flights of stairs) to one of these rooftop spots in San Diego to enjoy your city from a refreshing perspective.

Lauren lives in OB with her French bulldog, Elvis Presley. She loves laughter and the great outdoors. You can contact her at lauren@sdentertainer.com.

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