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Rise Over Run, new Line Hotel rooftop bar in San Francisco, opens

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San Francisco is getting a new rooftop bar — a rarity in the city. Rise Over Run opens Wednesday, Nov. 2, on the 13th floor of the new Line Hotel downtown, serving tropical drinks over views of Sutro Tower, the Golden Gate Theater and City Hall.

“We’ve lost out in San Francisco because we thought it was too cold,” said general manager Antonio Flores of the city’s dearth of rooftop bars. For nights when it does get chilly, Rise Over Run has heat lamps, semicircular banquettes where a group can sit around a fire pit, and a few “fire features,” as Flores calls the larger, freestanding warmth generators.

Danny Louie, a one-time Chronicle Bar Star and the former beverage director at Mister Jiu’s and Moongate Lounge, is in charge of the cocktails throughout the Line Hotel. At Rise Over Run, he’s created a menu of colorful, tropical-inflected drinks with lots of Asian-inspired ingredients and “extravagant garnishes,” Louie said. The cocktails are designed to be Instagrammable, he said, like the rooftop itself.

The space is full of lush, botanical elements, with greenery-filled planter boxes serving as barriers and an herb garden that will provide ingredients like shiso and mint for the food and drinks. There’s also a sleek, semi-indoor “solarium,” with a glass-gabled roof and a bauble chandelier, where the minimalist white bar is located.

Rise Over Run is a new rooftop bar on the 13th floor of the Line Hotel in downtown San Francisco.
Rise Over Run is a new rooftop bar on the 13th floor of the Line Hotel in downtown San Francisco.Courtesy Jean Bai

Food at Rise Over Run is snacky and shareable. Although most of the 185-person-capacity space is intended for drinking and light eating — with high-top tables and lounge seating — the solarium will have “more of a dinner vibe,” Flores said.