Rooftop Bars We’re Raving About in San Diego

With an unreasonably warm summer upon us, what better way to cool down than hundreds of feet in the air with a cold drink in your hand? That’s right, we’re talking about rooftop bars.

We’ve searched high and… well, mostly just high, to find the three best rooftop bars in all of San Diego. So, sit back, grab a drink, and get ready to explore the finest rooftop bars San Diego has to offer!

The Rooftop by STK


Photo: Rooftop by STK

If you’re looking for a banging rooftop pool party, look no further than the Rooftop by STK. By day, they offer a full menu of regionally influenced American food and breathtakingly beautiful views. By night, the upscale casual eatery turns into a DJ driven nightclub, suspended above the city. Whatever your San Diego scene, this rooftop bar has you covered.

Drink Recommendation

For the perfect taste of summer, we suggest ordering a spiked Mango Lemonade (Bacardi mango, strawberries, basil, lemonade).

Rustic Root


Photo: Rustic Root

Revel in the amazing weather of San Diego at Rustic Root, the perfect place to socialize, sip craft cocktails and dine under the stars. Grab a seat at one of many luxurious couches dotting the rooftop lounge and enjoy the sweeping city-views, day or night.

Drink Recommendation

Rustic Root has a pretty dynamic craft cocktail list, but if you spot it on the menu, we suggest trying their Rose Sangria (Chandon Rose, brandy, strawberries, orange slices, lemon juice, herb-infused simple syrup) for the perfect summertime sip!

Altitude Sky Lounge


Photo:Altitude Sky Lounge

Soak up all of San Diego’s sensational views from the Altitude Sky Lounge, one of the highest open-air rooftop bars in the city. Perched 22 stories up in the Gaslamp Quarter, Altitude offers a birds-eye-view into Petco Park. Just don’t show up looking like you’re heading to the ball game; Altitude has a strictly enforced dress code.

Drink Recommendation

We suggest dropping by during happy hour for a sweet deal on draft beer. Cheap beer, no admission fees and a great view are sure to make any Padres game more enjoyable!

Hit the Rooftop

Now that you know all the hottest rooftop bars in San Diego, you’re ready to hit the roof… soon. I mean, not tonight obviously. Tonight’s more of a sip wine on the couch and watch Netflix kind of night. You know how it is.

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