Top of the Mark (Mark Hopkins Intercontinental)
This is one classy spot to imbibe pricey drinks with penthouse views. It’s the perfect spot to bring the parents or grandparents who come to town.
Photo courtesy of The Examiner
Chambers (Phoenix Hotel)
Where can you lounge by the pool, drink in hand, and indulge in that rock and roll lifestyle – Vegas? Yes. L.A.? Yes. Tenderloin? Yes, yes, YES! We’ve been waiting all year for Bambuddha Lounge’s replacement, and Chambers finally opened this week. Apparently the interior is slick, the pool area is re-designed, and a “fire fountain” exists. Sounds totally glam!
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Lobby Lounge (Ritz Carlton)
Swanky and elegant, you’ll feel like an important somebody as you melt into the plush chairs fit for a royal palace. Leave the tennis shoes at home and relish the views of the downtown San Francisco skyline.
Photo courtesy of the Ritz Carlton San Francisco
XYZ bar (W Hotel)
Hip youngsters (not young hipsters) make their way to this see and be seen bar and lounge. The restaurant at XYZ is transforming into a stylish farm-to-table concept (how very San Francisco) called TRACE, due to open in July 2011. Meanwhile, the lounge will be rechristened Upstairs at the W. It’s a shame that sexy DJ Kelly gave up her Friday spot but, rest assured, an ever- evolving cast of DJ’s keeps the crowd grooving. Dress to impress.
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Bar at the Big 4 (Huntington Hotel)
If you want old school, turn-of-the-century (19th not 20th) atmosphere, hike up the hills to the Big 4. Dark wood permeates this sultry bar fit for pipe-smoking and reminiscing about working on the railroad all the live long day (or reaping the profits anyway). It’s the perfect place to sit back with a sophisticated, stuffy drink, like a sherry, or a Macallan on the rocks. Live piano entertainment and a cozy fireplace amp up the romance factor.
Photo courtesy of Big 4
The View (Marriott Marquis)
You half expect Spider-Man to abseil down the towering glass windows whilst sipping on your Napa Valley Cab. The View speaks for itself – yet another breathtaking vista of downtown San Francisco from the 39th floor.
Photo courtesy of Ed and Corrie