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Best Rooftop Bars in San Diego for Dating

Spend a romantic evening watching the sunset and sipping on cocktails at the best rooftop bars in San Diego for your first date.

San Diego skyline

A restaurant with beautiful decor is obviously a good location for a first date in San Diego. But a restaurant with amazing views is even better! Now that summer is in full swing, it’s the perfect opportunity to take your dates to the glam outdoors in American’s Finest City. Rooftop bars allow you to enjoy the sun and fresh air while still being able to get dressed to the nines. Spend a romantic evening watching the sunset and sipping on cocktails at one of San Diego’s best rooftop bars for your first date.


With a panoramic view of the entire city, this upscale rooftop patio just might take the crown for San Diego’s best view. Mister A’s is known for its exquisite Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and semi-formal dress code. This rooftop patio is the perfect place to dress to impress while appreciating San Diego in all its glory. 


This San Diego staple is a local favorite for many reasons. Its prime beachside location on Ocean Front Walk offers incredible ocean views and the perfect opportunity for people watching. Snuggle up to your date in the lounge area, adorned with colorful cushions and a cozy fire pit, while indulging in delicious sushi and other seafood dishes inspired by the Californian coast. 

Rustic Root 

Located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, Rustic Root is the place to be for a lively night out. The vast rooftop deck’s glass roof offers an unobscured view of the city and the starry sky. The restaurant’s whimsical yet luxurious decor, classic American cuisine, and buzzing atmosphere will always guarantee a great night out.

The Rooftop by STK

This ritzy rooftop bar has it all: skyline views, innovative food and signature cocktails, live music, a poolside lounge, and cozy corners with couches and fire pits. Whether you’re spending the afternoon sipping cocktails by the pool or stargazing in the evening, the Rooftop by STK is the perfect place for an unforgettable date.  

Altitude Sky Bar

Aptly named, the Altitude Sky Bar offers the best views of Gaslamp Quarter with its 22nd-story location. Sports lovers will also love its proximity to Petco Park Stadium, as you’ll be able to watch live baseball games from above. More of an architecture buff? Altitude Sky Bar will allow you to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the entire city, from Point Loma to Coronado Island. 


This intimate rooftop bar is the literal definition of a hidden gem. Finding Fairweather may be a bit of a challenge, so it’s the perfect place to take a date who loves riddles and adventures. Head to Petco Park and look for the entrance next to Stone Brewing. You’ll then be given two options: one door labeled ‘Yes’, and another labeled ‘No’. Choose wisely to enter the laid back, Tiki-inspired bar. You’ll then be able to enjoy tasty Mexican bites and some of the best cocktails in the city.  

The Nolen

Perched at an impressive 14 stories high, this trendy rooftop bar offers a great view of the Gaslamp Quarter and the San Diego skyline. The beautiful layout includes a patio and a rooftop with a communal fire pit, so you and your date can enjoy outdoor dining all year long. You’ll love the stunning decor and well-priced menu. Hello daily happy hour and $6 appies!


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