Perched high on the 12th floor of Manchester Financial Centre in Bankers Hill, Mister A’s has been a classic San Diego institution since 1965. An upscale American restaurant, Mister A’s is perhaps one of the most popular places in San Diego for wedding proposals thanks to its jaw-dropping 360-degree view of the San Diego skyline. Its romantic vibe extends out to the patio, where you can watch airplanes land at San Diego International Airport. It can get windy up there, so plan to go early and enjoy the last bits of sunshine over San Diego Bay.
If you're drinking indoors in San Diego then you're doing it all wrong. The city's perfect weather (72 and sunny is the typical forecast) almost begs you to do everything outside, including eating and drinking. With a bevy of bars to choose from that either have a water view, cityscape view, or views of the ballpark—sometimes all three—there's always something impressive to fix your gaze upon.
You'll find several rooftop bars located throughout the city, ranging from upscale to super casual to party central. Our list of the best rooftop bars in San Diego has you covered if you're seeking tiki cocktails, craft beer or shareable cocktail towers. If you're in the mood for romance, live DJs, or southern Italian vibes we also have just the spot for you.
Read on to see our recommendations for the best rooftop bars from the Gaslamp Quarter on up to Oceanside. No umbrella needed. And if you're seeking further recommendations while in America’s Finest City, go ahead and check out our lists of the best restaurants, best beaches, best bars, best breweries, and best things to do in San Diego.