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7 Hottest Rooftop Restaurants & Bars in San Diego

By Darlene Horn
May 27, 2014
Photo by: Flickr/catalano82

When it's time to enjoy our city's awesome year-round weather, we've obviously always got the beach. But rooftop restaurants and bars have a one-up on the sandy shores. There are amazing views stories above street level, and often a wealth of delicious foods and drinks to keep you grounded. We present you with the seven hottest rooftop restaurants and bars to check out in San Diego.

  • ALTITUDE Sky Lounge
    This open-air rooftop attached to the Marriott Hotel is 22 stories closer to the clouds. During Padres home games it's filled up with fans looking for free views into the park. But on any other night it's all after-work crowds and the occasional tourist enjoying the skyline.
    The View: An unfiltered, bird’s-eye look into Petco Park and city skyline everywhere.
    What to Eat: Ahi sliders.
    Insider Tip: Score free valet parking up to one hour before and after the Padres games when you spend $25 on food and beverage at Soleil @k or Latitude Lounge.

    660 K St., 619-696-0234

  • RoofTop600
    Perched on the seventh floor of the Andaz Hotel, RoofTop600 serves breakfast and lunch starting at 6:30 AM with private cabanas and a pool nearby. Hotel sunbathers take over during the day, but when the sun sets, the rooftop lounge transforms into a nightclub featuring top 40, hip-hop and electronic dance music.
    The View: 360 degrees of the Downtown skyline.
    What to Eat and Drink: Shrimp and chorizo bruschetta with the “Stallion on Skates” cocktail, a mix of bourbon, agave nectar, lemon and rosemary.
    Insider Tip: No cover charge. 

    600 F St.; 619-849-1234

  • Stingaree
    The only club not attached to a hotel, Stingaree sits in a registered historic building named after San Diego’s red-light district of the 1880s. Dress to impress for access to two floors plus the rooftop views, complete with a larger-than-life Buddha statue, cabanas and fire pits. The Friday and Saturday parties end at 2 AM.
    The View: From the third floor, you're close enough to Sixth Street that you can really see what's happening below.
    What to Drink: Bottle service for a private nightclub table.
    Insider Tip: Check the website for special deals including half-off access to the nightclub. 

    454 Sixth Ave.; 619-544-9500

  • The Rooftop at W San Diego Hotel
    Jutting out from the second floor of the W Hotel is this relaxed rooftop area filled with long couches, curtained-off private seating areas and an eye-catching fire pit with a sculpture of stacked chairs tucked in the center. Guests with refined and mature tastes will appreciate the chill vibe.
    The View: Views of adjacent buildings and bits of the harbor.
    What to Drink: The W Mule.
    Insider Tip: You’re out of luck if you’re looking for their sand-filled floors. The rooftop has recently replaced those with hardwood floors.

    421 W. B St.; 619-398-3100

  • SummerSalt Rooftop Bar and Lounge
    Free access to the Hotel Palomar’s fourth floor reveals a shimmering pool as the centerpiece with a bar on one side. By day, guests and nonguests of the hotel sunbathe, but the heat is turned up on Friday and Saturday nights when the area turns into a pool-party nightclub for the young.
    The View: Surrounded by taller buildings, the only view you’ll have of the street is if you look over the ledge.
    What to Eat and Drink: Tempura shrimp and Jamaican Shark Attack, a cocktail of rum, Green Chartreuse and roasted strawberry-fennel syrup.
    Insider Tip: Is that music you’re hearing? The rooftop sits on top of the House of Blues.

    1047 Fifth Ave.; 619-515-3000

  • Float
    Hard Rock Hotel’s hip fourth-floor rooftop oasis boasts a huge space complete with a pool, couches, fire pits and lounge chairs with an accommodating bar area to meet all your beverage needs. In the evening, the deck transforms into a nightclub scene with $20 cover change for the 21+.
    The View: Unobstructed views of the Gaslamp and the convention center.
    What to Drink: Raspberry mojitos.
    Insider Tip: Visit the rooftop on Saturdays for “Social Saturdays” starting at noon. Bring your swimsuit.

    207 Fifth Ave.; 619-764-6924

  • LOUNGEsix
    In this fourth-floor rooftop space, the thirty-and-over crowd drinks and talks by multiple fire pits. A casual and easygoing atmosphere makes this a top choice for a relaxed evening out with no cover.
    The View: Views of surrounding buildings and bits of Petco Park.
    What to Drink: Pear flower lemonade.
    Insider Tip: $550 minimum order of food and drink is required when reserving a cabana.

    616 J St.; 619-531-8744

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