The 5 Best Places to Sip Outside in SoMa

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.

2. Tropisueño

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.

5. Waterbar

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)

3 of the Bay Area’s Best-Kept Camping Spots Within One Hour of The Harrison

With world-class cuisine, shopping, parks, museums and more around every corner, San Francisco’s vibrant city certainly has it all. And, for weekends that call for a night spent under the stars, San Francisco boasts unrivaled proximity to the best of the Bay Area’s camping (and glamping) destinations—all a short drive away from your home at The Harrison. Here, whether setting up camp in the mountains or along the coast, residents can retreat to nature with exceptional ease.

Mount Tamalpais

Located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the heart of Marin County, Mount Tamalpais is a 2,571-foot peak brimming with forested hillsides, redwood groves and sweeping vistas. With views that reach the Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, Mount Diablo and the Farallon Islands, the mountain is a popular escape to soak in the area’s natural splendor—whether hiker, cyclist or outdoor enthusiast. Here, set up tent at the Pantoll or Bootjack Campground for a memorable weekend spent amid the magic of Mount Tam.

Angel Island State Park

Angel Island is one of the Bay Area’s most beloved treasures to tour, hike or camp—and getting there is half the fun. Just a short ferry ride from San Francisco, Angel Island’s campsite offers a retreat immersed in nature, surrounded by 360-degree views of Bay Area skyline and abundant with hiking trails to venture and a rich history to discover. The ideal campsite for city dwellers who are looking for a complete change in scenery without the usual travel-time, Angel Island’s haven is ideal for a spontaneous weekend getaway.

Kirby Cove

If you’re looking for a dose of Northern California’s coastline, head to Kirby Cove for a campsite backdropped by iconic Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco vistas. Located at the foot of the Marin Headlands, the Kirby Cove Campsite is the perfect setting to gather around a campfire with friends and take in the expansive, natural beauty that surrounds the area. Before returning home, make sure to explore the area’s neighboring sights, such The Point Bonita Lighthouse or Muir Woods National Monument.