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You’ve have to be in the know in San Diego to know the rooftop bars in the area. You also must know what to expect. When going to a rooftop bar, you must give the most importance to the view. Rooftop bars don’t generally offer the cheapest drinks, the best food, the fastest service, but they do have the best views. One must go with the intention of enjoying the great company of those who surround you and taking a couple pictures for your insta and snapchat.

The Tallest Rooftop

Altitude sky lounge
Neighborhood: Gaslamp
Location: 600 K st.
Price: $$$

If you’re looking for AIR, soar up to the 22nd floor to find Altitude Sky Lounge, the tallest rooftop bar in the area. Get a great birds eye view of the city and watch over the Petco Park stadium for a free ball game. For a bar this classy come dressed for the nines or be prepared to not be allowed in. If you’re looking for a great night at an affordable price, try going during their happy hour specials to keep your wallet and bank account happy!

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Rooftop Brewery

Amplified Ale Works
Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
Location: 4150 Mission Blvd.
Price: $$

Amplified Ale Works prides themselves on their extensive beer list from their own brewery and other quality beer’s around town. Although their focus is on the beer selection, they offer a Mediterranean Style menu intertwined with a relaxed Californian swag. Check our their original gluten reduced beers and enjoy a meal at their brewpub.

Sushi With Views

Cannonball
Neighborhood: Mission Beach
Location: 3105 Ocean Front Walk
Price: $$

A must see view! With glass guardrail this bar looks like it’s a continuation of the beach. At Cannonball you look right onto the Oceanside boardwalk while enjoying sushi and Pacific Islander cuisine classics. Sit by the fire pit to warm up as the sun sets and enjoy the sound of the waves.

Rooftop Pool, ’nuff Said

Rooftop by STK
Neighborhood: Gaslamp
Location: 600 F st.
Price: $$$

Finally here in San Diego, is the Rooftop by STK. Originated, with great success in other cities,  watch as this steakhouse rooftop bar stuns local San Diegans. With a contemporary and dynamic layout this rooftop will be perfect for all generations. This lounge hand picks great Dj’s to accompany their chic lounge look to sooth their customers, in and out of the pool. Stay current and sign up to be one of the first people to attend their grand opening!

An Inner City Escape

Rustic Root
Neighborhood: Gaslamp
Location: 535 5th Ave
Price: $$

Take a step away from all the crazy the Gaslamp District has roaming its streets. This rooftop offers a calm and relaxed vibe which pairs perfectly with a cool drink. You can people watch from the rooftop down to 6th ave as the masses of people create chaos. While you’re certainly not at the highest point of the city it’s a quick and easy escape from the streets of Downtown San Diego.


Sunset Taco’s

El Prez
Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
Location: 4190 Mission Blvd.
Price: $$

El Prez is a great place to be on any given day of the week. On weekends it gets packed up there but the bartenders move quickly and the crowd is easy going. With some of the best rooftop views of Pacific Beach, it’s an easy way for hours to drift on by as you sip on a cold cocktail and down a taco with great sunset views! This large rooftop is conducive to dancing, laughter, fun, and corn hole, come prepared.