Party Earth Review Located in the heart of Dogpatch, the eponymously named Dogpatch Saloon has a long history of offering folks a simple, friendly place to gather for post-work palavers. The building is easy to spot thanks to the martini... ... read full review
2496 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
MUNI KT Line: Third Street & 23rd Street, Third Street & 20th Street
M–W 4pm–2am, Th–Su noon–2am
Potrero Hill, San Francisco –
Located in the heart of Dogpatch, the eponymously named Dogpatch Saloon has a long history of offering folks a simple, friendly place to gather for post-work palavers.
The building is easy to spot thanks to the martini-sipping pooch emblazoned on the façade, while the wood-slatted booths inside provide a decent vantage point for the four flat-screens flickering quietly in the corners.
A décor consisting of mounted fish, retro posters, and a hulking piano on a tiny stage in back completes the down-home effect, perfect for the handful of blue-collar sippers who show up in the early afternoons for a couple of brews and a bit of conversation.
The clash of the vintage cash register is overpowered by voices later on, when the after-work neighborhood crowd stops in with their furry friends, who snore and sprawl across the linoleum floor as pool players try to hit corner shots without stepping on any tails.
Salty locals greet one another by name, clapping backs in hearty man-hugs before dishing the daily dirt or explaining to a newbie why there’s a giant stove vent above the bar – the place began as a diner – while young professionals gather to sip cheap cocktails and listen to rock, jazz, and honky-tonk on the impressively stocked jukebox.
Anyone on the prowl for a fiercely friendly bar and a laid-back vibe will dig the Dogpatch Saloon – after all, it’s hard not to love a place with no pretension, room for Fido, and live jazz on that piano every Sunday.
The Sunday jazz sessions are definitely worth checking out and draw a big crowd. Hard to hear music this good for only a $5 cover charge! And call ahead to see if they’re doing one of the regular potluck dinners with the jazz. If they are, be sure to bring something tasty to share so you can wow all those discerning palettes.
Funky, laid-back techies, young condo owners avoiding the area wine bars that keep popping up, blue-collar Joes, wizened locals, jazz lovers, and budget-minded drinkers with their dogs in tow, 20s to late 40s.
Live jazz on Sundays from around 4:30 to 8:30pm.
A jukebox stocked with rock, jazz, blues, and honky-tonk.
Four flat-screens tuned to sports, although few patrons pay much attention.
Salty snacks like chips and pretzels available at the bar. Outside food is welcome.
Cover for Sunday jazz sessions: $5. Snacks $1. Beer $5–$7, well drinks $6, cocktails $7–$15.
Casual: work jeans, flannel, plaid, button-downs, sundresses, blouses, flip-flops, sneakers.
Any time a casual neighborhood joint sounds like heaven on earth, or Sunday nights to get a beer-fueled boogey on as a slew of jazz musicians take the tiny stage.
The Hard Knox Cafe (2526 3rd Street) is a soul food spot begging to satisfy post-drink hankerings with feel-good fare like mac and cheese, crispy fried chicken, and catfish.