When it comes to big city living, there is nothing better than gazing at that city from beacons high in the sky. Rooftop Bars scream fun times, great company, fantastic drinks, and the feeling of sitting on top of the world. So, look up to the cosmos and raise your glass high to this list of four San Diego rooftop bars that will steal your heart.
Rooftop Bars in San Diego
The Pool House
The Pool House at Pendry San Diego is hailed as having some of best views in the Gaslamp Quarter. This San Diego rooftop bar embodies the quintessential Southern California lifestyle. As the name implies, there is a pool that you can swim in and a hot tub for you to chill in for hours and it doesn’t charge a membership fee.
The Pool House also offers an eclectic selection delicious food and drinks. The pool house is like a mini vacation there is a lot to love about this place. On the roof of the Pendry Hotel, it sits high above the Gaslamp’s renowned 5th Avenue; the indoor/ outdoor space is a place for relaxed daytime and evening events with a unique bar and cocktail experience for guests. The rooftop pool bar is set to a backdrop of the city allowing you to not only soak up the sun but also the spirit and beauty of San Diego.
At the Pool House, Sunday is Funday! World-renowned DJs, musicians, and local acts keep the party going strong. Poll House Sundays are styled after European poll parties, it comes complete with tropical beats and vocal house. Reserve a daybed or cabana with bottle service for an even better experience. Vibe, relax, swim, and soak up the sunshine and atmosphere with this personalized luxury service in your own reserved oasis.
The Pool House is open daily to hotel guests only from 9: 00 am to 5:00 pm and is open to the public for Rooftop Social and Pool House Sundays and other social gatherings.
At the Altitude, the sky’s the limit! Perched at 22 stories above the city, the Altitude sky lounge is an elite rooftop bar that serves you expertly crafted drinks and stunning panoramic views complete with a blazing fire pit and a can’t-miss happy hour. The altitude is ideal for upscale soirees under the San Diego Sky. Treat yourself to bottle service from a selection of wine, beer, and cocktails with delicious appetizers, flatbreads, burgers and small plates.
The view is unrivaled, did I mention it’s 22 stories high? You will be mesmerized by the breath-taking views of the sun setting over the harbor, making it one of the best San Diego rooftop bars. Let the view be your city guide. Take in views of Coronado Island, the Coronado Bridge, and Point Loma. But what makes it even more special is the vantage point into Petco stadium. That’s right; you can wine, dine, and catch a San Diego Padres game! The Altitude is open for Padre’s Sunday home games at 1:40 pm and Thursday home games at 3:00 pm.
High up in Little Italy, the Glass Door Restaurant and bar is perched atop the Porto Vista Hotel. The rooftop bar offers a panoramic view of the San Diego City skyline and harbor allowing you to see the world-famous sunset over the water. The Glass Door is decked out with vintage lamps that create its signature ambiance atop of Little Italy.
The Glass Door is a hot spot for drinks, food, and post-work festivities. Grab a glass of wine and a meat and cheese plate or one of their infused handcrafted cocktails and a delectable small plate and enjoy your moment in the sun. Drink cheering, food sharing and having a good time is encouraged.
Another great attribute about the Glass Door is that it has not one but two happy hours every day! Yes, that’s right two happy hours! The first happy hour is from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and it includes specialty prices on food and drinks and the second late night happy hour is from 10:00 pm to 12:00 AM every day. Now, I can drink to that. Cheers!
This beacon is consistently ranked among the hottest bars in San Diego, the 14- floor rooftop bar and lounge, The Nolen, is a destination for both locals and visitors serving handcrafted cocktails. They even have a build your own mimosa station, and specialty cocktails for Sunday brunch served along with comfort foods. Named after John Nolen, a city planning pioneer who mapped most of San Diego’s early landscape, the modern and timeless cocktails are an homage to the turn of the century barmen. Its immersive cocktail menu includes Nolen Originals, barrel-aged, and classic Old Timers boasts can’t miss drinks like sidecars and new cocktails like Christmas in Nicaragua. The food menu offers a variety of bites and small plates.
Take the secret elevator straight up to the 14th floor; there is a lounge chair around the communal fire pit waiting for you atop this outdoor oasis. Now let’s take a look at the view, a panoramic view that is. The Nolen boasts an impeccable city view of Petco Park, the bay, the Coronado bridge, and East Village. The atmosphere is unmatched at this premier rooftop bar; you can share a tapped barrel with your friends as you gaze over the city. It’s the perfect escape nestled in downtown San Diego.
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