Would you like to take a break from studying while you are a student at CISL San Francisco? The following list includes some of San Francisco’s best rooftop bars, as suggested by locals. Grab a drink at one of these locations and enjoy a view of the beautiful city skyline! Cheers!


Best Rooftop Bars in SF


355 Santana Row
San Jose, CA  95128
(408) 551-0010

Located above the four-star Hotel Valencia, Cielo offers stunning views of San Jose and the Santa Cruz Mountains. The hotel also features the restaurant Citrus and trendy VBar; during the summer, guests can enjoy cheese and appetizers along with their cocktail or glass of wine. Oh, and there’s a POOL!


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620 Jones St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 496-6858

Sophisticated, trendy, and a favorite among professionals because of its location near Union Square, Jones is a much-loved bar in San Francisco. Jones prides itself on its inventive cocktails, so be sure to try one! Heat lamps on the terrace make the rooftop bar accessible in the winter months. Note: the bar is cash only.

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Top of the Mark

999 California Street at Post


Classic, classic, classic. Classic cocktails, classic decor, classic service: everything about Top of the Mark is exactly what you would expect for an upscale night. Check them out for brunch, too!


Orchard Garden Hotel 

466 Bush Street at Grant



The word “garden” does not just relate to the bar’s beautiful palm tree decor: the Orchard Garden Hotel is a completely eco-friendly establishment! From 4-7 pm, guests receive an appetizer when they purchase a cocktail at the Roots Bar. We’ll drink to that!


Need some dinner ideas after grabbing a cocktail at one of these great locations? Check out our list of great Fusion Restaurants in SF or join the food truck revolution!

Each photo is from each bar’s prospective Facebook page.