Warm weather, longer days and clearer skies—welcome to summer in San Francisco. There’s plenty to do in the city for the active San Franciscan on these nice nights, but for those who would rather unwind with a nice view and drink in hand, check out our favorite local spots to sip (and munch) outside.
1. Rooftop 25
Located on the rooftop of 25 Lusk, the appropriately named Rooftop 25 is a delectable spot for drinks and a bite. This rooftop bar serves up craft cocktails, local brews and a seasonal menu of shareables and entrées.
We Recommend: A Spicy Passionfruit Margarita paired with ceviche or tuna tartare.
Taco joint by day and full-service Mexican cantina by night, Tropisueño also boasts an enclosed patio with plenty of seating just off the sidewalk. Enjoy a freshly made cocktail or Mexican beer as you decide between street tacos or a chile relleno.
We Recommend: Getting there for happy hour between 4pm and 6pm (7 days a week) for $7 margaritas or sangria and $5 guacamole or ceviche.
3. The Yard at Mission Rock
Food trucks? Check. Beer garden? Check. Dog friendly? Check. What more could you want from an outdoor space? Note: The Yard at Mission Rock does get pretty crowded on game days, so keep that in mind before you head over.
We Recommend: Trying a rotating tap from Anchor Brewing and sampling from a couple of the food trucks.
4. Hops & Hominy
Located down an alleyway, Hops & Hominy‘s outdoor section might be a little unconventional—but its tasty menu more than makes up for its slightly odd (if not European-esque) seating options. Plan on staying for dinner, as after you try their complimentary cornbread and honey butter, you’ll want to see what else their kitchen has to offer.
We Recommend: A Smoked Bacon Old Fashioned paired with a plate of fried chicken.
Waterbar is a great place to go with friends visiting from out of town or when you’re in need of a brunch spot with a view. Go for the gorgeous views of the Bay Bridge, stay for the bacon-and-shrimp-topped Bloody Mary. Stay even longer for the fresh shellfish and artisan cheese.
We Recommend: A half-dozen of the chef’s choice oysters (and the aforementioned Bloody Mary)