Panorama-filled View Lounge Emerges From $2 million Remodel
The View Lounge has a new look, but the view is the same.
The generically named bar atop the Marriott Marquis (Fourth and Mission) is often overlooked by locals. Maybe it’s due to the wealth of popular cocktail bars nearby, like Dirty Habit, Novela and Local Edition. Or perhaps because of the View Lounge’s name or its out-of-the-way 39th floor location.
Or, maybe it’s because the View Lounge has always felt a bit dated, with rainbow-filled carpets, subpar food, and an all-around weird vibe that did not do justice to the Art Deco-inspired starburst windows framing some of the best views in the whole city. One side overlooks the Bay Bridge; on the other is Sutro Tower.
Well, the hotel put $2 million into the View Lounge this winter, closing it for two months to renovate the 4,500-square-foot space. The old swirly carpet is gone, replaced by hardwood floors, dark carpet and gray color scheme. It’s still a great hotel bar, the kind of place you can have a quiet, even private drink while sitting next to a random assortment of business travelers, tourists and first dates; check out the gallery above to scope the changes.
They’re also building a new kitchen on the 39th floor for chef David Holland, who has redone the menus as well, bringing them up to speed to this decade by adding San Francisco Restaurant Staples in the Year 2015 like local craft beers, charcuterie boards, crudo, housemade chips and braised pork belly. You’ll still drop between $14-$18 for a specialty cocktail … but the view is surely singular.
View Lounge: 780 Mission Street, at Fourth, San Francisco. www.sfviewlounge.com. Open nightly at 4:30pm.