The Best Hotel Bars in San Francisco


A hotel’s best kept secret has to be its hotel bar and San Francisco has no shortage of them. Fabulous, chic and alluring, they are everything the discerning drinker desires and a place to kick back and relax with a handcrafted cocktail. Escape from the crowds to discover a fresh, chic, scene with these wonderful hotel bars in San Francisco.

Clock Bar at the Westin St. Francis

Welcome to crazy elegance at Clock Bar with unique style, stunning views of the city and some of the most delectable hand crafted cocktails. Located off the lobby of the Westin St. Francis, Clock Bar is owned and operated by the Michael Mina Group so you can expect a changing drinks list which reflects the seasons. Drinks are not cheap but if you are a cocktail lover or connoisseur then this has to be on your must visit list. Cocktails are classically inspired using fresh produce and premium spirits to really ignite your taste buds. Elegant decor sees wood grain and leather combine to create both a classic and modern feel. Clock Bar is a great meeting place but can get very busy at peak times.

The View at the Marriott

Set on the 39th floor of the Marriott Marquis at Fourth Street, you’ll find what Herb Caen famously described as ‘the jukebox’. Massive windows frame awesome views which stretch bridge to bridge framing a wonderful cityscape. The decor here may not be the hippest San Fran has to offer, but that only adds to the character and feel of the place. It’s the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail and enjoy small plates of freshly prepared food whilst soaking up views of downtown. If you want to take in the views in relative solitude then try to avoid visiting during the conference season.

The St. Regis Hotel Lobby

A jerk free crowd and a pedestrian friendly design are two reasons behind this hotel bars success over their competitors. Add to this some fantastic tasting cocktails along with what has to be the best free bar snacks in town and this place is a winner. The whole place exudes a relaxing and yet energetic feel which blends nicely with the chic vibe. With huge windows facing out over Third Street the St Regis Hotel Lobby Bar is a perfect spot for those who live in the City to kick back and relax in style.

OneUp at the Grand Hyatt

Oneup Lounge & Bar is probably the best bar in Union Square right now and recently it unveiled a brand new mezzanine bar and lounge after an overhaul. Architect Cass Calder has designed an elegant space, featuring heavily with wood and complemented by huge windows which look out onto Sutter Street. The bar has already started to create a buzz with nightly live music, handcrafted cocktails, signature whiskey and a fine wine list. Unique and upscale, this stylish lounge offers great drinks and creative bar bites with an impressive cocktail menu designed by the legend Scott Beattie.

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David Wilson is a writer for AreaVibes, a website specializing in livability and properties throughout America.

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