Top of the Mark
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The Top of the Mark is a rooftop bar located at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill at California and Mason Streets in San Francisco, California. Located at the highest point of downtown San Francisco, on fog-free days the Top of the Mark features spectacular views of the financial district, Chinatown, North Beach, The San Francisco Bay, and especially of Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park. In 1939, hotel owner George D. Smith converted the 11-room penthouse on the hotel's 19th floor into a glass-walled cocktail lounge which became known as the Top of The Mark. The hotel itself was built on the site of the old Mark Hopkins mansion, which burnt down after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
The Top of the Mark features over 100 variations on the martini. During World War II, when San Francisco was a major transit point for troops going to the Pacific Theater, US Navy officers traditionally had a farewell drink before shipping out while watching the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge. The bar remains popular today, featuring dancing and live music most days of the week.
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- "Top of the Mark – History". InterContinental Mark Hopkins. 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-04.