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#MeetInSF: Mission Bay, Dogpatch, and Potrero Hill

These rapidly changing neighborhoods on San Francisco's eastern shoreline are going to be the next big thing. Find out how your attendees can experience them with this handy guide.

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While San Francisco's Mission Bay, Dogpatch, and Potrero Hill are very close to one another, these three neighborhoods each have a personality of their own. On the eastern side of the city with easy access to the waterfront, Mission Bay is a trendy location soon to welcome the Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors, opening Fall 2019. Just south of Mission Bay lies the artsy Dogpatch, which is bordered by picturesque Potrero Hill to the west. Meeting planners can host an array of unconventional events in these unique San Francisco neighborhoods, all of which are well-serviced by Muni and BART.

Hotels and Meeting Spaces

Hotel VIA (138 King St.)

A chic, boutique, SoMa hotel closest to Mission Bay, Hotel VIA will impress your guests with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay from its exclusive Rooftop at VIA, an ideal space for small and intimate parties. Renting the rooftop for your private event will give you access to club and view seating, private cabanas, fire pits, heat lamps, and bars. San Francisco Muni lines stop right across the street, and a short walk will take attendees to the Moscone Convention Center and the Financial District.

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The Marriott SoMa Mission Bay Hotel (TBA)

Scheduled to open in Summer 2020 at the corner of Third and Channel Streets, this is the first hotel to be built in Mission Bay. It will feature 250 luxurious rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space, along with a glass-enclosed bar and cafe on the rooftop, perfect for events of all kinds. It may seem a long way off, but we know you like to plan ahead!

Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF (1675 Owens St.)

This space gives you the freedom to bring your meeting to life from the ground up. Equipped with 10 designated meeting spaces, from executive board rooms to outdoor patios and banquet rooms, you have many options to choose from at this 12,500-square-foot complex. Nearby medical campuses include UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay and the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Venues

The Pearl (601 19th St.) 

The Pearl is in the Dogpatch, where San Francisco's artistic and industrial scenes collide. Four main event spaces totaling more than 10,500 square feet make it a perfect venue to accommodate parties from 50 to 700 guests. This venue epitomizes the art of flexibility.

Dogpatch Studios (991 Tennessee St.)

This is another spacious venue perfect for unleashing your event planning creativity. Proudly branding itself as "The Anti-Hotel," Dogpatch Studios offers three floors of venue space, 15- to 30-foot ceilings, and up to 5,250 square feet of working space.

The Midway (900 Marin St.)

Be sure to check out The Midway, one of San Francisco's most unconventional event spaces. This large venue boasts 40,000 square feet and eight private rooms. Their Envelop Lounge specializes in 3-D audio sound systems that can be paired with virtual reality platforms for an interactive and one-of-a-kind experience for your attendees.

Stagecoach Greens (1379 4th St.)

Have you ever thought of hosting a private event at an outdoor mini golf course? Putt your way through the custom built course, where each hole represents a unique San Francisco experience. In addition to an 18-hole mini golf course, this 40,000-square-foot space has food trucks, a beer garden and cabanas to keep warm on foggy nights.

Dining

Glena's (632 20th St.)

Just down the road is Glena's, best known for their tasteful tacos and margaritas, and casual atmosphere. They can accommodate up to 30 guests for your next private event.

Anchor Public Taps (495 De Haro St.)

Anchor Public Taps provides a great midday or evening stop for casual sips and bites in Potrero Hill. Attendees can drink their way through their public bar and eat their way through featured food trucks. 

The list of great restaurants don't stop here. Check out where else to eat in the Dogpatch.

Shopping

Spicer on 3rd (2341 3rd St.)

This is a fantastic place in the Dogpatch to stock up on San Francisco-made handbags, home decor and artisanal jewelry. You'll also find small bookstores, antique shops, and boutiques in the area.

Minnesota Street Project (1275 Minnestoa St.)

This is a neat spot to purchase collectible artwork from local Bay Area artists. Each purchase supports affordable spaces for artists, art galleries, and arts nonprofits.

Heath Ceramics (2900 18th St.)

Located on the outskirts of Potrero Hill, this is the place to go to for creative inspiration. They specialize in dinnerware, tabletop accessories, and architectural tile. Visit their showrooms, tour their factories, and even take home a handcrafted piece of work from the Heath collection.

Festivals and Street Fairs

Drawing hundreds of locals and visitors alike, these neighborhoods host annual festivals and fairs that your attendees will enjoy.

The San Francisco Ice Cream Festival comes to Spark Social SF, also known as Mission Bay's neighborhood block party. Enjoy scoop after scoop at this annual ice cream social!

Every October, Potrero Hill hosts their annual neighborhood festival that features live music, arts and crafts, and "Snack on the Hill" from various local restaurants.

Dogpatch Studios hosts the San Francisco Coffee Festival in November, offering a one-of-a-kind coffee culture experience featuring more than 20 specialty roasters.

Want to know more about San Francisco's neighborhoods and their potential for great attendee experiences? Contact our Convention Services team today and start planning your next meeting in San Francisco!

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