Drink with a view in SF?
Where would you take someone from out of town to get a decent drink with a jaw-dropping view of San Francisco? Are we talking some schmancy cocktail at Top of the Mark or The View (at the Marriott Marquis)? Beer at the Beach Chalet? Bloody Mary at Blooms in Potrero Hill?
I always enjoy taking folks to Cavallo Point Lodge in the Golden Gate headlands (the Marin County side of the bridge) -- especially at the end of a sunny day.
601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA
Don't discount the Top of the Mark view. You pay a price for it but it's quite good.
Top of the Mark
Number One Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94108
I'd go to Blooms but not mention the view. It's very casual and the view comes as a total surprise given the exterior, location and all. Best time is an hour to 30 minutes before sunset, turning into evening/night. Sometimes you can catch the fog rolling over downtown and/or get the view of skyline at night. A good handful of places to get something to eat around there as well.
Can't speak from experience, but Pisco Sours on the outdoor patio at La Mar seem to be popular