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The Bay Lights Best Views Restaurants, Hotels & Businesses
July 19, 2013

Where do you love your Bay Lights? Our Best Views Map shows loads of spots along the Sausalito waterfront and San Francisco Embarcadero to take it all in, as well as how to turn the whole affair into dinner and a show! The Bay Lights also lights up restaurants, bars, hotels, bay cruises and waterfront destinations like the new Exploratorium and TCHO Chocolate, which have great vistas of the light sculpture. Many of these businesses support The Bay Lights by offering special discounts, commemorative items and valuable giveaways for The Bay Lights team to share with its community.

Business Activation Network members give back

“We’ve been excited about The Bay Lights project since Day One,” says Jane Metcalfe, TCHO President and member of The Bay Lights Business Activation Network, a group that cross-promotes events and fundraising for The Bay Lights. In keeping with TCHO’s focus on community, the waterfront company’s high quality artisanal chocolate can be purchased in a gift box or tub featuring stunning artwork by David Yu—which TCHO found on Instagram Gallery—with proceeds donated to The Bay Lights. At Waterbar, Sales & Events Manager Julie Ring spearheaded involvement with The Bay Lights. With each guest check, the restaurant offers a Gift of Light, the opportunity to name a light in The Bay Lights with your donation, and choose commemorative gifts such as an illuminated art pendant programmed by artist Leo Villareal, a designer tote or handcrafted aluminum sculpture.

A number of Business Activation Network members will be providing special discounts and valuable drawing prizes for respondents of The Bay Lights Best Views Survey, coming soon! Share your opinion about The Bay Lights and your favorite views—to take part in the survey, please sign up for our newsletter.

Top restaurants for dinner and a spectacular display

The view of The Bay Lights from Waterbar is one of the best, because the restaurant’s design was created to capture the perfect view of the bridge, even before the lights were envisioned. It’s sister restaurant, Epic Roasthouse is also a prime spot. Other restaurants with great views include Americano, Chaya Brasserie, Coqueta, Hard Water, MarketBar, the back patio at La Mar, Palomino, Perry’s, Slanted Door, HiDive and Sinbad’s.

Artist Leo Villareal’s best bites

KQED “Bay Area Bites” interviewed artist Leo Villareal about what he likes to eat when he’s in San Francisco working on The Bay Lights. You can read the whole interview here.

• Antipasti and pizza funghi with Fontina and black truffle oil at Americano
• Octopus carpaccio, oak roasted Ono and Tomales Bay Oysters at Waterbar
• Hog Island clams and baked eggs at Zuni

Love your lights from the water, in a cable car or pedicab

Celebrate a special occasion with a cruise under The Bay Lights on F. D. R.’s “floating White House,” the USS Potomac. Hop on a cocktail cruise with Blue & Gold Fleet or a dinner cruise with Hornblower Cruises & Events. For a memorable on-the-ground group viewing experience, charter a tour from Classic Cable Car Sightseeing or make it more intimate with a pedicab ride for two from Cabrio Taxi.

Visitors coming to town?

Hotel Vitale, the official host of The Bay Lights Grand Lighting, and Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa across the bay in Sausalito boast different yet equally amazing views of The Bay Lights. Says Hotel Vitale General Manager Melony Williams, “It’s beyond exciting.”