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Sep 29, 2019

Guide to San Francisco's Dogpatch Neighborhood

Sarah Ramos

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We’re excited to see all of our TRAVERSE 19 attendees in San Francisco this week. The event venue, The Midway, is in one of the city’s trendy and newest neighborhoods, Dogpatch.

While the neighborhood’s characteristically unique name has no definitive or specific source, there are a few popular hypotheses:

  • Al Capp’s classic comic strip Li’l Abner included fictional, middle-of-nowhere setting named Dogpatch
  • It was named after dogfennel, a weedy herbaceous plant commonly found in the area
  • Packs of dogs used to scavenge meat waste in the slaughterhouse district along Islais Creek

From Pad Thai and culinary-inspired cocktails to local artists and shops, Dogpatch holds its own against some of San Francisco’s more famous neighborhoods. Check out the TripActions SF team’s tips and recommendations for the Dogpatch neighborhood.


Farmhouse Kitchen Thai is a food delivery-favorite for San Francisco residents and the restaurant’s commitment to traditional kitchen Thai with fresh flare speaks for itself. Careful! A few dishes, including the Panang curry, are deceptively spicy.

Piccino walks a playful line between Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. From classic pizzas to unexpected pasta sauces, there’s something (and an Aperol Spritz!) for everyone.

For our craft brew-minded attendees, we have more beer recommendations below, but we’re going to focus on the stellar food Magnolia Brewing has to offer. We highly recommend the small plates. If you go for a flatbread, make sure you opt for the egg add-on.


Open exclusively on weeknights, School Night has a slew of unique cocktails to choose from. No matter your liquor of choice, School Night has a drink for you.

Originally established in 1912, the Dogpatch Saloon is one of San Francisco’s oldest bars. It was recently renovated to create an atmosphere that maintains the historical details but with a gentrified facelift. Oh, and the cocktails are pretty amazing as well.

In the mood for a beer? Harmonic Brewing is a classic, reliable taproom with a dozen rotating taps and cans to-go.


If you are looking to do some shopping in Dogpatch, we recommend checking out the local, small businesses the neighborhood has to offer. Bryr Clogs for new shoes and Flora Grubb Gardens for new plant friends are some of our favorites.

For a little more adventure, Dogpatch Boulders is a popular rock-climbing gym.

Not a climber? (Don’t worry — most of us aren’t either.) The Minnesota Street Project is a warehouse venue supporting San Francisco’s local artists. Exhibits are always in rotation, so there’s something fresh every time you visit.

Whatever brings you to the Dogpatch in San Francisco, we hope these recommendations steer you in the right direction. And for those attending TRAVERSE 19, we’ll see you in Dogpatch later this week October 2-3!

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