San Diego's Best Outdoor Restaurants & Lounges

The nightlife / industry scene may not be the most ideal right now, but our San Diego weather is. Many restaurants / bars have gone above and beyond with creativity to make sure they can still bring an enjoyable yet safe experience. Need a little wine and cheese? Or a little tequila with some lime? A splash of the best parts of the early 2020 nightlife experience? Alright, alright. Say. No. More. 


You ready to go to the… rooftop? These outdoor lounges are going to have you itching even more to get a night out! 


The Nolen

Raise your glass to being 14 floors above San Diego, The Nolen rooftop bar & lounge offers an elevated experience (literally) with timeless cocktails and unbelievable views. This air-open lounge is at the Courtyard Gaslamp serving summer looks, food, and drinks that you’ll love. The Nolen is currently operating at 50% capacity with tables 6 ft. apart and sanitizing consistently. 


Location: East Village

Hours: Thursday-Sunday 4-10PM, Sunday 11 AM-2PM


Kettner Exchange

This Little Italy classic took a little shift in perception and created a new reality. Kettner created a socially distanced outdoor patio that’s swanky and grand in all of its glory. This two-story hub also has a rooftop patio with cabanas to leave that element of privacy and social distancing. The globally inspired bites and drinks with the rustic warehouse vibe help seal the deal for a great time. 


Location: Little Italy

Hours: Monday-Sunday 5-10PM, Saturday & Sunday 11AM-3PM



Float to the top with making a trip to the fourth-floor oasis at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. You’ll be happy that you and your quaranteam decided to get cozy and have a good time on the sky-high lounge poolside, firepits, cabanas, and you can’t forget the views. 


Location: Gaslamp Quarter

Hours: Thursday 12-7PM, Friday & Saturday 11AM-9PM, Sunday 11AM-7PM


Altitude Sky Lounge

Bring your attitude to Altitude Sky Lounge for the ultimate destination with views of the home of the Padres, Petco Park and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Add your incredible with sexy drinks for the night out of that you’ve been searching for - even before quarantine. Really get a taste of that “high life”. 

Location: Gaslamp Quarter

Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 5PM-10PM


George’s at The Cove

Beachy and casual vibes can be found at the ocean terrace level of George’s at the Cove in La jolla. This seaside restaurant has a full-service bar and unreal food / drink specials. There’s nothing left on the list that this beautiful spot doesn’t check off. You can check their website’s sunset tracker to try to plan your visit accordingly. 


Location: La Jolla

Hours: M-S: 11AM-3:30PM, 4:30-9PM (dinner)


Madison on Park 

Taste the good times with darling outdoor seating area, literally on Park. Have yourself some mixed drinks instead of mixed signals along with extremely tasty food to freshen your mood. The churro waffle sticks are just like your perfect summer tan and help you relish in brunch / nighttime vibes under the twinkly lights being a blessing.


Location: East Village

Hours: T-S: 5PM-9:30PM / Sat & Sun: 9:30AM-2PM


With these recommendations in mind, please remember to be kind and compassionate while enjoying your time out. Times are tough, but together, we are tougher. Wear your mask. Show some love. 


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