Where to Eat, Drink and Have Fun in San Francisco’s Sports District
With multiple championships to brag about and tons of great ways to enjoy sports year-round, San Francisco takes a lot of pride in its home teams. The sports scene is only getting more exciting this winter, as the Golden State Warriors’ first season at the new Chase Center gets underway on Oct. 5, 2019. Anchored by both the Chase Center and Oracle Park (home of the San Francisco Giants), the eastern area encompassing the Mission Bay and Dogpatch neighborhoods is fast becoming the city’s sports hotspot. Here are some of our favorite places to hang out before, during or after a game.
Spark Social SF
(1379 Fourth St.)
Billed as “Mission Bay’s Neighborhood Block Party,” Spark Social SF is a lively dining destination and beer garden created in partnership with Parklab, a project transforming vacant lots into creative community hubs. This new gathering space is just a quick walk from the Chase Center and features some of the city's most sought-after food trucks, including faves like Al Pastor Papi and Hookt Donuts. If you’re in the mood for a little friendly competition of your own, play a round at the city's only outdoor mini golf course, Stagecoach Greens, which uses sight, sound and technology to tell the story of San Francisco’s past and present.
(855 Terry A. Francois Blvd.)
Seafood tastes best eaten at a picnic table right next to the water. Follow the San Francisco Bay Trail south from Chase Center to The Ramp, a salty seafood and burger joint with a great waterfront patio and oysters on the half-shell that are not to be missed. Swing by on your way to watch the Warriors and get a bargain on snacks and draft beers during happy hour.
Opening just in time for basketball season is Thrive City, the new 11-acre plaza around the Chase Center that includes dozens of places to dine and drink. The popular SoMa spot Dumpling Time, known for its ever-present line out the door, is launching its second location in Thrive City, dishing up delicious dumplings to fans right outside the arena. Choose from both Japanese- and Chinese-style dumplings, such as gyoza and xiao long bao. The culinary delights don’t stop there, as famed local chef Michael Mina is opening a 16,000-foot food hall with three full-service bars.
(2496 Third St.)
Stop by the cozy Dogpatch Saloon to grab a celebratory nightcap after a Warriors win. Originally opened in 1912, this is one of the oldest bars in San Francisco. During Prohibition, the bar became a soda shop speakeasy, but quickly started serving alcohol again after Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Though it’s named after the neighborhood, the decor is all puppy power.
Little Creatures Mission Bay
(1000 Third St.)
Craving a beer or two? Australian craft brewery and restaurant Little Creatures is located just across from Oracle Park on Third St. They offer a core assortment of classic beers along with a rotating selection of special local brews that are exclusive to the Mission Bay site. Pair your pint with a tasty brisket burger or the Salt Springs mussels steamed in Little Creatures’ Pale Ale and served with grilled bread.