The 39th-story bar atop the Marriott Marquis, The View artfully frames the city in its wall-spanning arched window. Though the decor is admittedly dated and the crowd can be touristy, even locals agree that this is one of the best barside views in San Francisco. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, so arrive early to stake out one of the coveted tables along the window. The cocktails, served in low, round tumblers, are simple, strong and pricey. The namesake Marquis cocktail blends 209 gin, fresh citrus juice and Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire, while the Golden Gate is a sugary mix of Jameson, St. Germaine, cranberry and ginger ale.