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Where To Eat And Drink Before You Go To The Chase Center

The 19 best places to go before you’re surrounded by crowds.

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19 Spots
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Whether it’s for a Warriors game, a concert, or an ice show, you’re going to the Chase Center at some point. But your whole experience shouldn’t start and end at the place you show your ticket. Instead, meet up with friends to get dinner or drinks beforehand. If you don’t know where to go, use this guide, which has 19 places in Mission Bay, Dogpatch, and other neighborhoods around the area.

Some are restaurants great for gearing up before you head to the arena, while others are bars that are perfect for getting together before walking over as a group. Since you probably won’t be driving there, we made sure all the places are within a 15-20 minute walk to the Chase Center, so whether you take BART, Ferry, or Muni to get to the area, meeting up somewhere before is easy.

The Spots

Grace Sager

Little Creatures

$$$$
$$$$ 1000 3rd St

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 11 minutes

Everyone in your group got tickets to the Warriors game last-minute on StubHub, so almost none of you are sitting together. If you want it to feel like a group event, meet up before the game at Little Creatures in Mission Bay. Aside from beer, this Australian brewery has great cracker-crust pizzas and large bites like caesar salads that are easy to split with the group while you argue over who dragged the most when it came time to get seats for tonight’s game.

Mary Lagier

Dumpling Time

$$$$
$$$$ 11 Division St

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 19 minutes

You’ve had concert tickets for your favorite band for eight whole months, and now the day is finally here for you to sing along to their greatest hits. Show up to the Chase Center already geared up by going to Dumpling Time in the Design District beforehand. Aside from having great dumplings like char siu and peanut butter pork buns and xiao long bao, this place always has music blasting and K-pop music videos projected on the walls. By the time you get to the concert, you’ll feel like you’ve sat through two openers.

Susie Lacocque

Death By Taco

$$$$
$$$$ 301 King St

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 14 minutes

The athletes are the ones who are supposed to get all the exercise tonight, not you. And while you could just take a rideshare to the arena, rush-hour traffic makes that slow and expensive. Take Muni instead, and start your night with tacos and margaritas at Death By Taco - it’s right across the street from the 4th and King Street station in China Basin. A single taco is a steep $7, but the quality of the ingredients makes it worth it. Go for the Dirty Girl with braised pork and spicy sauce, the fish taco that’s crispier than cereal without milk, or their chips and guacamole to split.

Third Rail

$$$$
$$$$ 628 20th St

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 12 minutes

You fully plan on eating every taco, fried chicken sandwich, and soft pretzel you can during the game, but it still wouldn’t hurt to have something small ahead of time. So go to Third Rail in Dogpatch. This place makes great cocktails, like the Godzilla with gin and nori, and their own jerky you’ll enjoy with your drinks - we like the Red Eye with coffee and the candied one with brown sugar. And if you realize you don’t have much time before you need to walk up Third St., they do shot, beer, and jerky combos for $10 - follow one drink with the other and take the jerky with you out the door.

Mary Lagier

School Night

$$$$
AmericanLatin  in  Dogpatch
$$$$ 601 19th St

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 9 minutes

School Night isn’t open on weekends, but chances are you’ll be going to a concert on a random weekday anyway. In addition to cocktails made from pisco and agave, this Dogpatch bar has a menu of things like ceviche and carnitas tacos that are good to split with friends while you also try to answer a few emails under the table before tomorrow morning.

Emma Shepler

Little Skillet

$$$$
AmericanSouthern  in  Soma
$$$$ 360 Ritch St

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 18 minutes

You’d be fine coming to Little Skillet with a group before heading to the Chase Center - they have a huge bar and TVs to watch the pregame show. And when you inevitably start to get hungry, you can also grab great Southern food like fried chicken and po’boys instead of rushing to the arena.

Susie Lacocque

Long Bridge Pizza Co.

$$$$
AmericanPizzaItalian  in  Dogpatch
$$$$ 2347 3rd St

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 11 minutes

Long Bridge Pizza is a classic neighborhood spot that makes their pizzas with a sourdough crust and tops them with sweet and acidic Early Girl tomato sauce. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to get your friends together before making a stop somewhere else, like the Warriors game. But even if you’re not going to the Chase Center, their chicken parmesan sandwich alone makes a trip here worth it.

Lauren Edith Anderson

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 15 minutes

Aside from the main taproom, Magnolia Brewing Company has a massive side room with bleacher seating, which makes hanging out here feel like you’re at a pep rally. Show up early with all of your friends, talk stats, and see if you can try every beer they have on tap before you head to the arena.

Mary Lagier

The Ramp

$$$$
AmericanSeafoodBBQ  in  Dogpatch
$$$$ 855 Terry a Francois Blvd

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 5 minutes

The Ramp has one of the best patios in the whole city. It’s huge and overlooks the Bay, and is a great spot to meet up with a group and drink before heading to the Chase Center. And if your event is on a Saturday when the weather is nice, they have live salsa music and dancing in the mid-afternoon. The only risk to coming here then is having so much fun you forget you’re supposed to be at the arena.

Mary Lagier

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 20 minutes

Work surprised you and bought the entire team tickets to a Warriors game. Make it an excuse to leave the office early and head to 21st Amendment Brewery first. Split a few pitchers of their beer and some carnitas or fish tacos with your coworkers, then discuss how to get your manager to buy everyone matching hats - for the sake of team bonding.

Piccino

$$$$
$$$$ 1001 Minnesota St

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 6 minutes

Sometimes, the only way to get everyone in your group to commit to meeting up before the main event is if you have set plans, so get a reservation at Piccino. This Dogpatch spot takes reservations for groups and has great Italian food like funghi pizzas and chicken liver crostini.

Susie Lacocque

Dogpatch Saloon

$$$$
$$$$ 2496 3rd St

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 15 minutes

If you don’t want to go from elbowing your way through a crowded Muni ride straight into Chase Center cheer mode, head to Dogpatch Saloon first. This neighborhood corner bar on Third St. and 22nd is a good, chill spot to take a relaxing breather over a beer or cocktail while you wait for friends. During Happy Hour, pints and well drinks are $2 off until 7pm - it’s definitely a deal you won’t get at the arena.

Mission Rock Resort

$$$$
$$$$ 817 Terry a Francois Blvd

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 2 minutes

Mission Rock Resort is located only a few steps from the Chase Center, which makes this restaurant and bar a convenient meeting spot before a game. This place tends to get crowded on game nights with people in blue and gold jerseys, so grab a cocktail and a seat at the bar while waiting for a table overlooking the water. It’s not the cheapest spot to get food (the burger is $20), but you’re already spending a ton of money on tickets anyway. We recommend sharing the fries or the Thai chili-glazed chicken wings if you want a pre-game snack.

Susie Lacocque

Sea Star

$$$$
$$$$ 2289 3rd St

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 11 minutes

If you’ve got people in your group who are never on time, it’s best to wait for them at a place like the Sea Star. This dive on Third St. has interestingly-named cocktails like the Let’s Get Weird with baijiu and rum that tastes like peach candy, or the Samson’s Delilah with mezcal. Depending on how long it takes for your friends to show up so you can all walk over to the arena, you can get some serious use out of the pool table in the back.

Susie Lacocque

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 11 minutes

Glena’s Tacos and Margaritas is a tiny Mexican spot in Dogpatch that’s perfect for meeting up with a few friends and preparing to get mobbed by people trying to rush to their seats at the arena. We love their al pastor tacos, but if it’s cold outside, their pozole is also a solid option.

Susie Lacocque

Anchor Brewing Company

$$$$ 1705 Mariposa St

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 19 minutes

The main reason your cousins are visiting is so they can watch their home team face off against the Warriors, but they’re also here because they’ve never been to SF. Take them to the city’s most famous brewery in Potrero Hill, and let them try all the ales, porters, and lagers at Anchor Brewing. Then, head to the stadium where you’ll all end up overpaying for the same thing.

Susie Lacocque

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 10 minutes

The last time you hung out with the friend you’re going to the game with tonight was months ago, so before you spend three hours not talking to each other because you don’t want to miss a play, grab a few drinks at Triple Voodoo first. The porters and pale ales here are the kind you can drink while you catch up on life and work, and talk about how much dating in this city sucks.

Mary Lagier

Garaje

$$$$
Mexican  in  Soma
$$$$ 475 3rd St.

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 22 minutes

There’s serious downtime between the end of your workday and tip-off, and instead of hanging around the office checking emails or going to the Chase Center early to buy a(nother) bobblehead, get a bite to eat at Garaje instead. This place has tacos with interesting fillings like spicy Thai prawn, zapatos with some of the best carnitas in the city, fast food-style burgers, and a tap list of great beers. It’s cash-only, but since the arena is owned by a credit card company, you won’t need to worry about saving any for later.

Casey’s Pizza

$$$$
$$$$ 1170 4th St

Walking Time To The Chase Center: 10 minutes

Before you’re surrounded by 18,062 other sports fans, go to Casey’s Pizza in Mission Bay. This pizza place is tiny and makes some of the best Neapolitan-style pies in the city. And while we love the classic margherita, their pepperoni version is incredible, too.

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