There's nothing more magical than sipping cocktails by the moonlight as you gaze out over the metropolis you call home. Unfortunately, our metropolis is a bit foggier than others leaving that magical rooftop drinking session to be a bit of a rarity. Don't get too depressed though, these five spots have you covered when it comes to drinks in your hand, wind in your hair and views for your eyes.
Bluestem Brasserie: Earn some bragging rights by suggesting Bluestem Brasserie for your next evening in the city. Blustem is the FiDi's newest stylish and swanky spot complete with a rooftop patio space. Enjoy a plate of roasted halibut with a side of Kennebec Fries paired with a Violent Femme cocktail (grape soda, grapes, Absinthe, cabernet, sparkling wine and bitters).
Bluestem Brasserie, 1 Yerba Buena Lane at Market (415-547-1111 or bluestembrasserie.com)
Jones: A relative newbie on the SF scene, Jones is arguably the best, most Manhattan-esque rooftop bar in the city. Sip on a spicy Kensington Zinger made with house-made ginger and jalapeno syrup as you pinch yourself to remember you're still in the 'Loin.
Jones, 620 Jones Street at Geary (415-614-9265 or 620-Jones.com)
Sky Terrace at Medjool: For a Marina-dressed crowd (and 360-degree views) in the Mission, there's no spot as picturesque as Medjool. Nosh on Mediterranean-style tapas and sip on a Stella as you take in your stunning city. Note: Show up early, the roof can get real crowded, real fast.
Medjool, 2522 Mission Street at 21st (415-550-9055 or medjoolsf.com)
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel, View Lounge:The oh-so aptly named View Lounge is the top floor bar of the downtown Marriot. It's floor-to-ceiling windows make you feel like you're floating on a cloud above Union Square -- perfect for a romantic evening for two.
The View Lounge, 55 4th Street at Market (415-896-1600 or sfviewlounge.com)
Top of the Mark: Alright, we know that the Top of the Mark isn't exactly an open air rooftop, but since it is on the roof level and has the most impressive martini menu in the city, how could we not include 'em? For a classy night of celebration, head to the Top of the Mark for the best sky-scraping views our city has to offer.
Top of the Mark, 999 California Street at Post (intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com/top_of_the_mark)