Elevate Your Night Out At One Of The Best Rooftop Bars In San Diego

If you’re getting tired of the same old bars, maybe you need to get to the next level by trying out rooftop bars. Not only do they have tasty drinks and great service, but amazing views and a cool breeze. San Diego has especially excellent rooftop bars that you and a group of friends have to experience! They have breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline, and at some you can even see the coast. The warm weather makes relaxing on the rooftop even more enjoyable with a refreshing drink in hand. 

Make a friend’s night out even better by treating them with a gift card to their favorite rooftop bar in the city. They’ll love how it gives them a reason to return and maybe try a menu item that they felt was a little too pricey before. What’s a better gift than that? To make a friend’s night, get their gift card now at GiftYa. Their website has all of the following San Diego rooftop bars and more, and you can send them their gift card immediately through text. The best gift you could get has never been so convenient for the giver and the receiver!


Kairoa Brewing Company


University Heights

4601 Park Blvd.

A bar with an American and New Zealand inspired menu 

From your seats you’ll get the view you’ve been dreaming of! Image courtesy of Kairoa Brewing Company’s Facebook.

You won’t be able to get enough of this bar’s food and drink inspired by American and New Zealand. Kairoa Brewing Company has the greatest view of sunset over San Diego’s skyline, and you can do it with a fresh, cold beer in hand. You know what goes really well with a cold beer? New Zealand style sausage rolls of course! Order a wine bottle for the table and take your time looking at the impressive food menu. How can anyone choose between baja fish tacos and a vegan BBQ fried chicken sandwich? Grab a table with some friends and clink your glasses to a night of relaxing.  

“This is my favorite place in University Heights for so many reasons: 1. The rooftop just can't be beat!… 2. The lengthy drink list… 3. The food menu has something for everyone… 4. The service has always been great.” - Yelp Review

Two Seven Eight



3687 Fifth Ave.

Happy hour is done right at this bar!

Spend your night under the patio lights and enjoy an expertly crafted cocktail. Image courtesy of Two Seven Eight’s Facebook.

While Two Seven Eight doesn’t technically have a rooftop bar, their patio bar makes it worthy of making the list of must check out. Their fries are too die for, made thin, crunchy, and seasoned to perfection. Stop by happy hour for $3 draft beer, $5 burgers, and $4 wells. This place knows how to create some pretty tasty cocktails, so try some favorites like the 278 Negroni or La Ultima Palabra. If you’re not a cocktail person, there’s more here for you, specifically cold beers and your favorite wines. 

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“their drinks were strong & bomb!… Customer service is friendly, our server was so sweet, & drinks came out quick!… I truly believe that these are the best fries ever!  I am a fan of thin fries & these are crunchy, flavorful, & so good…” - Yelp Review



Avalon Plaza

722 Grand Ave.

Sit on the roof and watch the ocean waves

You can’t get a view better than that! That’s what makes Firehouse a rooftop bar you have to try. Image courtesy of Firehouse’s Facebook.

This place is on a whole new level. Firehouse is right on the beach and has a very modern style to make for a classy night out. Their rooftop seating has that ocean view that definitely makes those frozen margaritas taste even better. Firehouse has live music on some nights to set the mood. Try their cocktails, beer, wine, and bubbly with a group of friends. If anyone’s feeling a little hungry, order some crispy buffalo cheese curds or salt and pepper shrimp. It’s hard to say what’s more impressive, the amazing view or the delicious food and drink!

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“I absolutely LOVE Firehouse!… The food & drinks are amazing, the ocean view is to die for, but whats even better is the staff. They were all so friendly and gave super quick service…” - Yelp Review


Kettner Exchange


Little Italy

2001 Kettner Blvd.

A gorgeous venue with an amazing cocktail list

The inside of this place looks amazing! Just wait until you try their drinks. Image courtesy of Kettner Exchange’s Facebook.

This place has amazing interior decor that will make a great start to a night out. What will make it even better is the friendly service and the delicious food and drink served here. Grab a seat on their rooftop patio to get that amazing view and fresh air. Cocktails and wines are the way to go here. You’ll fall in love with the name and the taste of these drinks, such as Stalk Dirty To Me and Born A Bad Seed. All together, Kettner Exchange makes for a memorable night out!

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“Best drink was the Georgia Sunshine but most drinks were on point. Most of the food was great as well but the most memorable one was one of the shrimp appetizers. Get a cabana if you can with your squad and enjoy the rooftop vibe.” - Yelp Review



La Jolla

7863 Girard Ave.

High quality Italian cuisine to go with the sunset

Will you ever see a sunset as perfect as that again? Catania has an amazing view and incredible food. Image courtesy of Catania’s Facebook.

If you want a rooftop bar that catches the perfect sunset, you’ve found the right place. Catania is inspired by coastal Italian culture and cuisine to give you one of the best experiences in the city. Come with an empty stomach, because you’ll want to try their homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, fresh seafood, and mouthwatering desserts. What goes better with high quality Italian cuisine and a good view than some delicious alcohol. Catania is great to come to for brunch, lunch, dinner, or just for some evening drinks.

Catch a sunset at the Catania when you buy a GiftYa.

“Great sunset views!… We started with drinks and the pizza focaccia. So good! It was amazing pizza dough doused in olive oil, garlic and herbs. We ate more than we wanted... Bar tending staff were attentive and fun… ” - Yelp Review


Amplified Ale Works


Pacific Beach

4150 Mission Blvd.

Have a beer and relax by the Pacific Ocean

On a hot day, don’t you just want to relax under an umbrella and enjoy a cold beer and a plate of fries? Dreams do come true at Amplified Ale Works. Image courtesy of Amplified Ale Works’ Facebook.

Rooftop bars are so relaxing, especially when they’re right on Pacific Beach! You can see the sparkling Pacific Ocean from your seat on Amplified Ale Works’ rooftop patio. Order a grilled skewer plate, or share a plate with the table of falafel, pita and hummus, or house cut fries. Now those are some beach foods! As for the beach drinks, try one of their amazing craft beers. Amplified Ale Works is healthy, vegan-friendly, and fosters a fun environment for all their customers.

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“This is my all time favorite place in PB! The food and the beers are the BEST! Incredible views, great specials, great staff, cleanliness, and Dog friendly…” - Yelp Review


Born & Raised


Little Italy

1909 India St.

An amazing view and a classy bar

Who wouldn’t want to order a drink from a bar that looks like that? Image courtesy of Born & Raised’s Facebook.

The prettiest view of the city is from Born & Raised’s rooftop patio! This place is classy and definitely worth trying for special occasions. Explore some new and exciting tastes with an order like Burgundy Snails or Mushroom Fricassee. What you really need to order though is their prime rib of beef or the t-bone. Pair your upscale meal with an upscale drink that makes the night out complete. The view just makes Born & Raised even better, which is why you have to make a reservation when you get the chance! 

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“ feel fancy going here! The ambiance is so beautiful and the bartenders took time in their craft!… the upstairs bar is really beautiful! Definitely worth checking out if you want an upscale place!” - Yelp Review

It doesn’t get any better than these rooftop bars! No one can beat a good drink to go with a view you can’t look away from. That’s why you have to treat yourself and some friends to a night out at one of these venues. It will be something you remember for a long time after. For tourists, that makes these bars the perfect way to get to know and remember San Diego by. Locals should give these venues a try to see San Diego from a new perspective and have some fun! These bars are perfect for anyone looking for a thrilling night out.

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