Love it or hate it, it’s that time of year again: Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference. Over 170,000 people (“trailblazers”) are descending upon San Francisco right now, taking over Howard Street between Third and Fourth Streets, and just about every other street within a 2-block radius.
Locals who are not working remotely this week, should expect road closures, traffic delays, packed coffee/lunch/happy hour spots, and a congested commute.
Are you a trailblazer? You’re in luck, because we’ve prepared this Dreamforce 2016 Networking (er, drinking) Guide, just for you. And maybe for us, because we’re at Dreamforce, too. Follow us on Instagram for more San Francisco and Dreamforce tips: @49milessf.
The View, Marriott Marquis
$$ | 780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
With massive, arched windows showcasing views of San Francisco, this posh lounge, conveniently located at the Marriott Marquis (part of the Dreamforce campus), is the ultimate spot for DF16 networking. The View serves cocktails and small plates throughout the evening.
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 4:00PM–1:00AM, Thursday-Saturday: 4:00PM–1:30AM
$$ | 75 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103
Located in an alleyway connecting Market and Mission Streets, between the Marriott Marquis and Jewish Contemporary Museum, Tropisueño is a Mexican eatery known for taco lunches, lively dinners, chile-salt margaritas, and authentic decor.
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10:00AM–10:00PM, Friday: 10:00AM–10:30PM, Saturday: 11:00AM–10:30PM, Sunday: 11:00AM–10:00PM
$$ | 12 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Dirty Habit is a hip restaurant and lounge serving New American cuisine and creative cocktails in a luxe, high-design space. Located directly across the street from the Marriott Marquis on the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos, this watering hole will be your go-to for happy hours throughout Dreamforce week.
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 5:00–10:00PM
$$$ | 360 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Just a block down from Dreampark’s center you’ll find The Cavalier, Hotel Zetta’s British-themed brasserie which delivers gastropub bites and colonial-inspired cocktails in clubby digs. Being Hotel Zetta’s restaurant, The Cavalier is open throughout the day, making it a great spot to also grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 7:00AM–10:00PM, Thursday-Saturday: 7:00AM–11:00PM, Sunday: 7:00AM–9:00PM
$$$ | 360 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Marianne’s is a former member’s only cocktail bar that recently opened to the public. This intimate, well-heeled lounge offers elevated cocktails (try the gin-based Honey Bang Me Sloe) and New American small bites. Don’t miss the bathroom inspired by The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet album art. Seriously, don’t leave without seeing the bathroom.
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:30PM–12:00AM, Thursday-Saturday: 5:30PM–1:30AM, Closed Sunday & Monday
$$ | 198 5th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Looking for a no-frills place to unwind and not be bothered after a long day at Dreamforce? The Chieftain is the place for you. This bustling South of Market Irish pub serves beers on tap and streams sports on satellite TV.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:30AM–2:00AM, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM–2:00AM
Café 5 at SFMOMA
$$$ | 151 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
We get it, you’re in San Francisco, and you want to see some sights. The recently reopened SFMOMA is located directly across the street from Dreampark and has a wonderful café on the museum’s fifth floor, serving beer, wine, and gourmet meals. To get to Café 5, you’ll have to pay for admission to SFMOMA, which is $25.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday-Sunday: 10:00AM–4:30PM, Thursday: 10:00AM–8:00PM, Closed Wednesday
$$$ | 662 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Novela is a stylish, literary-themed bar serving drinks named after characters and punch on tap. The space is lavishly decorated with book-lined walls and gorgeous tin stamped ceilings.
Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 4:00PM–1:00AM, Thursday & Friday: 4:00PM–2:00AM, Saturday: 5:00PM–2:00AM, Sunday: 5:00PM–1:00AM
$$ | 34 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Mikkeller Bar is an industrial-cool bar offering the best imported beers and taps from around the world alongside upscale pub grub. Mikkeller claims to be the greatest beer hall, ever, so you can’t go wrong.
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 12:00PM–12:00AM, Thursday-Saturday: 12:00PM–2:00AM
$$ | 246 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Rickhouse is a bar popular with the after-work crowd. This hip space is highlighted by a huge menu of whiskeys and inventive cocktails.
Hours: Monday: 5:00PM–2:00AM, Tuesday-Friday: 3:00PM–2:00AM, Saturday: 6:00PM–2:00AM, Closed Sunday
$$$ | 20 Yerba Buena Lane, CA 94103
Located on the alleyway connecting Mission and Market Streets, between the Marriott Marquis and the Jewish Contemporary Museum, Press Club is a trendy, underground wine mecca in the heart of SoMa. Here you’ll find an extensive menu of hard-to-find wines and beer served in a sleek, cellar-style setting.
Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 4:00–10:00PM, Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00–11:00PM, Friday & Saturday: 2:00PM–12:00AM, Sunday: 3:00–8:00PM
If you’re in the area…
$$$ | Pier 5, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Coqueta is famed restauranteur Michael Chiarello’s Spanish enterprise, offering tapas and family-style plates in classy digs with a patio, craft cocktails and Spanish-style gin tonics, and spectacular bay views.
Lunch Hours: Tuesday–Sunday: 11:30AM–3:00PM, Closed Mondays
Dinner Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday: 5:00–10:00PM, Thursday-Saturday: 5:00–11:00PM
Whitechapel Gin Bar
$$ | 600 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Whitechapel is a gin-focused cocktail lounge with global pub food. The expansive, ornate, steampunk-inspired space resembles London’s Whitechapel tube station, and is not to be missed!
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 5:00PM–1:00AM, Thursday-Saturday: 5:00PM–2:00AM
Twenty Five Lusk
$$$ | 25 Lusk Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Feeling metropolitan? Head to Twenty Five Lusk to live out your Sex and the City dreams with creative cuisine, wine and cocktails for happy hour and dinner in this swanky locations’ lower level lounge.
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 5:00PM–11:00PM, Sunday: 5:00PM–9:00PM
21st Amendment Brewery
$$ | 563 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
21st Amendment Brewery is a restaurant and brewery offering housemate beer, pub food and brunch, located just off of South Park near the ballpark.
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11:30AM–12:00AM, Sunday: 10:00AM–12:00AM
Fig & Thistle
$$$ | 313 Ivy Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Fig & Thistle is a cozy living room-style wine bar serving rustic wine, beer, meats and cheeses. Patrons pour out the door, imbibing on the Ivy Street-facing stoop. Located in San Francisco’s ultra-trendy Hayes Valley neighborhood.
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 4:00–11:00PM, Friday: 4:00PM–1:00AM, Saturday: 1:00PM–1:00AM, Sunday: 1:00–11:00PM
$$$ | 451 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Monsieur Benjamin is the second project from chef Corey Lee, who has earned three Michelin stars for his other restaurant, Benu. This modern restaurant and bar was inspired by Parisian bistro culture and the great traditions of French cooking.
Dinner: Monday–Sunday: 5:00PM–12:00AM