My favourite cocktail bar in San Francisco

The View, San Francisco, USA

Oh, another cocktail bar post. Well they are my favourite places to go, so I go to a lot! Now it’s been a few years since I went, and I have just seen that The View has recently re-opened, so hopefully it is even better than before. One thing that is for sure, is that being on the 39th floor of the Marriott, the 360 degree views over San Francisco would be just as spectacular! Get there early for a window seat, and enjoy sipping your $7 happy hour martini! Well at least you could in 2011. But looking at the new menu, I would be just as happy paying full price to watch the sun slowly sink with a Soma Spritzer in hand while snacking on some Crudo Three Ways.

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My favourite Californian beach-side dining

Ventana Grill, Pismo Beach, California

On our drive down the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles, an unexpected gem of a place was Pismo Beach. This beach town, a 3 hour drive north of LA, is very picturesque  – especially at sunset. So where better to soak this view up than at Ventana Grill . Get there before 5pm to get cheap drinks, a good table and time to spare before the gorgeous sunset. I would recommend this place regardless of the food, but the menu and service was top-notch, and the food – simply superb.

My favourite coastal drive

Pacific Coast Highway, California, USA

The Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), one of America’s most famous highways, is a stunning 2500 mile strip stretching from the southern tip of Baja California to the top of the Olympic peninsula. We drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a convertible (essential) over 3 easy days. Passing through Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur (by the way do yourself a favour and have lunch at the Post Ranch Inn when it isn’t foggy), Cambria, Pismo Beach and Malibu, we finally ended up in West Hollywood to hang with the beautiful people.