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Things to do in San Diego: 5 Best Rooftop Bars in San Diego

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Written by
Maria Mancuso

It’s Rooftop Bar Season in beautiful San Diego! 

San Diego is often called, ‘America’s Finest City’ and of course we have beautiful beaches, world famous activities and attractions, but there is another attraction that you should put on your ‘to do’ list for your next visit to San Diego; Rooftop Bars!

This article in our San Diego Visitors Blog will be your guide to the ‘5 Best Rooftop Bars in San Diego.’

Why do we love Rooftop Bars so much in San Diego?  What’s not to love? Open air Bars. Great food. Better Drinks. Perfect Weather. Sparkling Pools (usually). Fantastic views.

Enjoy our list of, ‘5 Best Rooftop Bars in San Diego:’

Rustic Root in San Diego
Rustic Root presents a rustic twist on American cuisine and modern flare along with amazing, signature cocktails. Photo credit Rustic Root.

Rustic Root
Location: 535 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-232-1747   
Distance from The Keating: 3 Blocks

Rustic Root presents a rustic twist on American cuisine and modern flare along with amazing, signature cocktails. 

You’ll also enjoy the beautiful views of San Diego as you take in a cocktail or two in this super relaxed San Diego Rooftop Bar.  The location is ideal for watching the crowds below make their way along 6th Avenue.

The Nolan
Location: 7007, 453 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-796-6536  
Distance from The Keating: 5 Blocks

A communal Fire Pit is the centerpiece of this stylish Rooftop Bar along with an extensive menu of craft cocktails, beers, wine and their popular creations; Christmas in Nicaragua, Elk Lodge 453 and Holy Mole to name a few.  

The drinks at The Nolan are served alongside fantastic comfort food, flat breads and salads.

The Nolan sits 14 stories above the Gaslamp Quarter providing beautiful views of the San Diego skyline, Coronado Bridge, Petco Park and San Diego Bay.

 

The Rooftop at STK
Location: 600 F St, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-814-2060   
Distance from The Keating:  1 Block

The Rooftop at STK is the largest Rooftop venue in Downtown San Diego. Sat atop the popular Andaz Hotel on F Street in the heart of downtown San Diego, the Rooftop at STK has a bit different vibe than the other venues on this list with a more ‘club-like’ atmosphere offering VIP Bottle Service and private Cabanas.

STK also has a pool which is a great touch for their pool parties complete with live music and DJs.

Kettner Exchange in San Diego
Kettner Exchange offers Little Italy’s only open-air Rooftop Lounge.  The venue features enclosed Cabanas which feature self-serve Beer taps right inside each private Cabana. Photo credit Kettner Exchange.

Kettner Exchange
Location: 2001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-255-2001 
Distance from The Keating: 1.5 Miles

Kettner Exchange is located in the San Diego neighborhood of Little Italy which has become the destination for those seeking great food, entertainment and a fantastic and vibrant nightlife.

Kettner Exchange offers Little Italy’s only open-air Rooftop Lounge.  The venue features enclosed Cabanas which feature self-serve Beer taps right inside each private Cabana.

Drink offerings include hand crafted specialty cocktails, boutique wines, local beers and a creative menu of dishes that include American and global fare.

Come to Kettner Exchange for a unique elevated experience in Little Italy.

Woman tending bar at Fairweather in San Diego
Fairweather has a more tropical, brightly colored and laid-back feel with a smaller and more intimate feel.  Photo credit Fairweather.

Fairweather
Location: 793 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-578-2392 
Distance from The Keating: 7 Blocks

The Fairweather Rooftop Bar is a bit different venue than the other spots on this list.  Fairweather has a more tropical, brightly colored and laid-back feel with a smaller and more intimate feel.  Fairweather is located Downtown on J Street with great views of Petco Park, the San Diego skyline and Coronado Bridge.

The drink menu offered at Fairweather includes some amazing selections; Mai Tai’s, Pina Coladas, and their famous Singapore Sling.

San Diego is home to many fantastic Rooftop Bars and we could have easily made this a ‘Top 10’ list – so we promise to follow up this article with a much needed ‘Part II.’  Until then, enjoy this list of ‘5 Top Rooftop Bars in San Diego.’  

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