San Francisco’s 7 Best Hotel Bars
How long has it been since you’ve had a night out with your significant other, friends or just time for yourself? Well, we have good news for you! Here is a list of our Top 7 favorite Hotel Bars in the Bay Area of beautiful San Francisco.
The Big 4
The Big 4 Restaurant at The Huntington Hotel was named after four key contributors who played a vital role in San Francisco’s history and early development. With deep green banquettes and wood paneling and white table cloths, the restaurant and bar pay tribute to earlier eras of elegance. Alongside photographs and memorabilia from California’s unique history, guests enjoy live piano entertainment, classic cocktails, and an impressive wine list.
Adjacent to Union Square, Clock bar serves inventive cocktails and gourmet bar food evoking the sense of history. Designed to take guests on a journey through time, the experience can be enjoyed from the items on the drink and food menus and glassware each evoking a time and place in history from 1904 San Francisco to 1920’s Paris. While they proudly serve seasonal menus, they remained focused to support local farmers, distillers, and brewers and provide house-made juices, syrups and menu items available to order.
Top of the Mark
With 360-degree views of the city, Top of the Mark is a high-end cocktail bar on top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel. Bask in views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge or the city’s skyline on the 19th floor of the hotel, presenting a perfect spot to catch the sunset or for a nightcap. Alongside its sophisticated décor, choose from a selection of small bites, their signature martini menu or other cocktails and dance the night away with live music and performers several nights of the week.
The Lobby Lounge
at The St. Regis San Francisco: The Lobby Lounge features a 16-foot, open fireplace, magnificent art installations, and rich Zebrano wood and Italian travertine flooring, providing guests with a sense of warmth and discovery from the moment they arrive. The Lobby Lounge offers the perfect setting to relax with a light lunch, signature cocktail or late-night bite. During the day from 2 – 4 p.m., guests are additionally able to experience a beloved and decadent afternoon tea tradition, known as the Art of Tea, in the Lobby Lounge. This April, The St. Regis San Francisco will also offer a celebratory “East Meets West” cocktail menu throughout the month, created in partnership with Suntory Distillery, where fine eastern spirits meet classic western cocktails.
In the Tenderloin, the Redwood Room is the Clift Hotel‘s sophisticated spot for high-end cocktails. The historic and intimate art deco-inspired room has undergone a renovation to become an elegant and modern San Francisco bar. In conjunction with Executive Chef Dawn Taylor Cole, Food & Beverage Director Patrick Sterling presents a sustainable menu with drink specials. The original redwood paneling and enormous bar is the centerpiece of the space with legend has, was carved from a single redwood tree, along with Starck-designed lounge furniture contrasted with an ever-changing array of digital artwork.
The Mantel Bar
Designed as a contemporary reflection of San Francisco’s counterculture tradition that serves as a tribute to the rock ’n’ roll legends of the world, Hotel Zeppelin is home to The Mantel Bar, an intimate lounge with seating nestled by the lobby’s gothic fireplace welcoming guests upon arrival. The Mantel Bar sets a playful and inviting mood with unorthodox and bold design accents, such as black light poetry and a gin garage door, which evokes a historic San Francisco speakeasy and serves to amplify the hotel’s psychedelic heartbeat. During the day, The Mantel Bar also offers a selection of local coffee brews and artisan baked goods. Every Friday evening, The Mantel Bar hosts its weekly music series, an intimate evening of live music featuring select local talent where progressive acoustic sounds meet rock ’n’ roll vibes. The music series is popular with guests of the hotel and locals alike, as they can cozy up by the fire, grab a cocktail and sink into the weekend.
Obscenity Bar & Lounge
Having just opened its doors earlier this year, Obscenity Bar & Lounge is an alluring, bohemian-style lounge, and a celebration of art and literature. Abstract paintings are inspired by icons from the prohibition era, and guests will find subtle references to their anti-establishment movement, reminiscent of a speakeasy setting. The open bar is a focal point, featuring plush seating and a menu of enticing cocktails and an extensive selection of whiskeys. From the writer’s block nightcaps to poetry slam nights, Obscenity Bar & Lounge offers endless invitations for guests to leave their mark.
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