A Walking Tour of San Francisco’s Dogpatch Neighborhood from Harmonic Brewing

Nestled between San Francisco Bay and the 280 Freeway, with Mission Bay to the north and India Basin to the south, the Dogpatch is one of San Francisco’s most eclectic and interesting neighborhoods. Historically a center for manufacturing, it has maintained its status as a hub for both established and up-and-coming makers of products such as food, apparel, bags, confectionary, furniture, art, shoes, beer, wine, coffee, mattresses and letterpress. The epicenter is the American Industrial Center, a former canning factory that occupies three city blocks along 3rd Street. Here Jon Verna and Ed Gobbo of Harmonic Brewing give us a walking (or biking) tour of some of their favorite eating, drinking, and cultural spots in their hood.

The Dogpatch is about makers and artists, longtime residents, and friendly small businesses. Neighbors work hard to maintain a mixed urban use sensibility, where many people both live and work in one of San Francisco’s designated historic districts that is currently experiencing major growth and development.

As brewers and small businesses owners, our favorite aspects of the neighborhood revolve around the food and drink scene here, which is diverse and interpersonal. In many cases, the business owners themselves work the front and/or the back of the house, giving their-all to their businesses – just like us. Dogpatch is a rare San Francisco neighborhood in that it is mostly flat, so we encourage visitors to explore via walking or biking. In fact, our budding Dogpatch Business Association is launching 1st Saturdays in Dogpatch this summer, promoting exploration of local businesses by foot.

You’ll find lots of amazing food and drink options on, or just off, of 3rd Street, the main artery of Dogpatch. Taste some great Belgian and West Coast inspired beers from our friends at Triple Voodoo Brewery & Taproom on 3rd Street, between 19th and 20th. You can peek into the brewery where your fresh beer is made. Go a few steps further south to The Sea Star for inventive cocktails and rotating craft beer taps without the fuss, or hang a left on 20th Street to Third Rail, which uniquely pairs beer and spirits with house made jerky.

Photo by Eric Wolfinger

“. . . one of the longest tenured Dogpatch residents, the Hells Angels Frisco. The juxtaposition of their clubhouse standing in harmony right next to a brand new condominium complex is Dogpatch in a nutshell. ”

The double-length block of 3rd Street between 20th and 22nd (there is no 21st Street in Dogpatch) has a ton to offer. Neighbor Bakehouse has world-class baked goods, with hardly a demarcation between the storefront and the bakery itself. Top notch pizza and draft beer from Long Bridge Pizza, probably the #1 gathering place for Dogpatch neighbors of all ages. Eclectic Latin American cuisine from Gilberth’s Latin Fusion Restaurant, serving up the best value for quality lunch and dinner in the neighborhood. And for a little dessert or a gift, visit Poco Dolce Confections for amazing chocolate treats, made on site.

At the heart of Dogpatch, the intersection of 3rd Street at 22nd, you’ve got Dogpatch Saloon, the top meeting place for construction workers, business professionals, and everyone in between. You can slam a bottle of Lone Star beer or a perfectly made, top shelf Manhattan. The Saloon is also a must for dog lovers – for proof check out their Instagram.

Don’t forget about the less developed, southern end of Dogpatch. From 22nd Street, walk down Tennessee Street, aka Angel Alley, home to one of the longest tenured Dogpatch residents, the Hells Angels Frisco. The juxtaposition of their clubhouse standing in harmony right next to a brand new condominium complex is Dogpatch in a nutshell.

For now, there aren’t many retail businesses south of 22nd Street, but you’ll get a sense of the future when you arrive at Minnesota Street and 23rd and walk south towards 25th. The long block is dominated by the arts – the venerable Minnesota Street Project art gallery and studios building – and by Philz Coffee’s combo headquarters, training facility, and fully functional cafe. Certainly there is a lot more to come on this newly bustling block, where the remaining warehouses are rumored to be turning into consumer-facing businesses in the near future.

Keep walking down Minnesota Street to our Harmonic Brewing & Taproom on the southern edge of Dogpatch, on 26th Street between Minnesota and Indiana. We sub-lease a space in a large warehouse building that has been beautifully upgraded and maintained by ShopFloor Design – a collection of metal artists and furniture makers that also provides workspaces for jewelry makers, photographers, and more.

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