The Best Rooftop Bars in San Diego

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As one of the sunniest cities in the country with an average temperature of around 70 degrees, San Diego is an incredible place to call home. Settled along a scenic stretch of the Pacific coast, San Diego offers many picturesque vistas to revel in its beauty and spectacular weather. For those looking for a fun spot to enjoy great food and fine cocktails, there may be no better place to enjoy the panoramic cityscape of San Diego than from a rooftop bar. Here are a few picture-perfect spots worth trying:

Rustic Root

Located in the lively Gaslamp neighborhood, the rooftop bar at Rusted Root offers a serene respite from the crowds milling below. Furnished with a modern flair, this rooftop patio serves up casual yet refined fare and specialty cocktails as well as their signature “craft cocktail shots”, which are miniature versions of their classic cocktails.

The Nolen

Sitting high atop the Courtyard Marriott in San Diego’s Gaslamp district, The Nolan delivers incredible skyline views all the way from Petco Park to the Coronado Bridge. With a bar menu that focuses on local small-batch liquors as well as a more exclusive list of barrel-aged cocktail favorites, The Nolen is a San Diego hotspot with an incomparable view.


While some rooftop bars may provide a glimpse of ocean views, Cannonball delivers with a jaw-dropping oceanfront vista of the Pacific from its upper story deck on Mission Beach. Serving Asian-inspired cuisine with a California flair as well as handcrafted cocktails, Cannonball is not to be missed when seeking out that perfect view.

Kettner Exchange

With its modern, sleek atmosphere, Kettner Exchange has become a San Diego staple for those looking for a fun rooftop locale. Located in the Little Italy neighborhood, Kettner Exchange offers patrons an over-the-top setting with a group of luxurious cabanas, each with its own television screen or even a keg. The cocktail menu is extensive and innovative with libations such as a bourbon-based Georgia Sunshine or a tequila-infused Spicy Gallagher.

If you would like to enjoy all that San Diego has to offer, including great outdoor hotspots like these, we invite you to contact us for more information.

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