The perfect recipe for a glam night out in San Francisco involves a cocktail in your hand. Not just any cocktail though; a signature martini from the extensive menu at Top of the Mark. With 100 martinis on the cocktail list, it’s a place where you can easily spend a whole evening enjoying the atmosphere and 360-degree views.
The recipe also includes twinkling lights. Not just average fairy lights though; pretty lights that peep out from tall buildings and collectively light up the San Francisco skyline. And spontaneous lights that you see from the corner of your eye, that you trace to a fancy fashion shoot taking place on the roof terrace of a swanky penthouse. Of course if you have a table in the elegant bar on the nineteenth floor of the InterContintental Mark Hopkins Hotel you’ll be able to drink in those magical views (as well as the delicious cocktails).
As much as the views are easy on the eyes, the gentle jazz music from the live band is easy on the ears. The singers blend the slower tunes with the faster ones, getting the balance just right. Couples take to the floor for an unexpected dance, unable to resist their favourite songs being played or getting swept up in the romance of the night. Others sit back with a slight smile on their face as they just let the mood of the night wash over them.
The elegance of this place and the jazz music can easily take you back in time. During the World War II, servicemen would buy and leave a bottle in the care of the bartender so that the next soldier from their squadron could enjoy a drink. The rule was that whoever had the last sip would buy the next bottle. It’s stories like this that really bring out the charm of Top of the Mark.
Of course, if we’re talking glam nights in San Francisco, the final ingredients are a chic black dress, heels and glitz. Top of the Mark is a perfect excuse to buy that new wardrobe…
You’ll find Top of the Mark at 999 California Street, San Francisco. Jazz nights often take place, but they’re not every night and cover charges sometimes apply. It’s highly worth booking ahead to reserve a table. More information and bookings here.
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