Virgin Hotel to bring rooftop cocktails to SoMa

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San Francisco’s cocktail scene is top-notch, but let’s face it, when it comes to al fresco rooftop bars where one can enjoy said drinks, this city is sorely lacking.

Compared to New York and Los Angeles, which boast dozens of rooftop bars, we basically have El Techo de Lolinda. While our city’s dearth of outdoor options can perhaps be blamed on our foggy bayside weather, if the lines at El Techo, especially on the weekends, are any indication, there is a demand for outdoor drinking spots with a view.

That’s why it’s interesting that Sir Richard Branson’s hospitality line, Virgin Hotels will throw its cap into the rooftop ring. As noted by Curbed SF, Virgin’s 196-room hotel, which is currently under construction at Fourth and Folsom streets, will offer a rooftop bar.

No word yet on what the bar will overlooking, but considering its location hopefully drinkers will be able to get a glimpse of the greenery at nearby Yerba Buena Gardens and some downtown vistas. It’s slated to open summer 2017.

In the press release, Virgin also notes “multiple dining and drinking outlets” elsewhere in the hotel, including the brand’s standard restaurant, named the Commons Club.

This will be the London-based company’s second U.S. hotel. (The first opened in Chicago in 2015.) A Silicon Valley outpost is scheduled to open in 2019, along with several other locations around the country (New York, New Orleans, Nashville, Dallas and Palm Springs) over the next few years.

Virgin Hotel, 250 Fourth St., S.F. www.virgin.com/company/virgin-hotels