Dogpatch and Potrero Hill are now On the Grid!

On the Grid - San Francisco

Everyone who’s ever been to a Hearsay dinner has gotten an earful about how much I love our neighborhood. It’s changed a lot in the time I’ve been here (since 2004!)—but luckily, there are some things that even the T line and the hospital and a whole bunch of new construction can’t change. The people who live and work here are some of the coolest, most interesting makers and builders and thinkers and doers in the world. They’re a tight-knit group who always help each other out, and I’m proud to call them my neighbors.

That’s why I was so excited to curate the guide to Dogpatch and Potrero Hill for On the Grid.  On the Grid was launched in April and is quickly becoming a massive international travel guide. It already includes nearly 100 neighborhoods in 21 cities. Each guide is beautifully curated by local designers and creative companies. The project was created by Hyperakt, which is a kickass Brooklyn-based design agency founded by my friend Deroy.

The guide is a bit of a love letter to some of my favorite places in the ‘hood.  And while it’s certainly not a comprehensive list of spots that make the neighborhood great, it did give me an opportunity to shine a little light on some of the people and places that make me feel at home.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

The perfect five-bottle bar

the perfect five bottle bar

The perfect five-bottle bar: (1) Faultline bourbon, (2) Fernando de Castilla Antique amontillado sherry, (3) St. George Terroir gin, (4) Dolin Rouge vermouth, and (5) Campari

A few weeks ago, Dan’s sister Rachel asked for a cocktail lesson. Her reasoning was solid: cocktails are the perfect thing for a person who lives alone and will never finish a bottle of wine solo. And they’re fun! So true.

But Rachel’s request also came with a challenge. Because she’s starting from scratch and doesn’t want to spend a fortune stocking the bar, she wanted to pinpoint just five bottles that would give her lots of options—not to mention make her look like a cocktail genius.

The easy thing to do, of course, would have been to send her away to find vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and whiskey, along with the proportions for a sour. And hey—there’s nothing wrong with the basics. But that felt like a cop-out. I wanted to help her find her cocktail personality. And I wanted each of the five bottles to be worthy of drinking on their own.

So we embarked on an epic tasting journey.

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Tonight’s menu and cocktail pairings

It’s just a few hours before our early spring cocktail pairings dinner. If you’re coming, we’re super excited to share this meal with you—and if you’re not… well… here’s what you’re missing. Sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss out next time!

Radish, Brown Butter, Kumquat, Spring Herbs, Caviar
St. George Spirits Terroir Gin
or Chilled Spring Herb Tea 

Celeriac, Coconut, Mango, Pink Peppercorn, Vanilla
Barbancourt White Rhum, Coconut Water, Ginger
or Coconut Water, Ginger, Blackstrap Bitters 

Sea Scallop, Yuba, Fiddlehead Fern, Curry
Krogstad Aquavit, Meyer Lemon, Celery, Garam Masala
or Earl Grey Tea, Meyer Lemon, Celery, Garam Masala 

Beef Short Rib, Vietnamese Caramel, Charred Vegetables
Knob Creek Bourbon, Punt e Mes, Ginger, Candied Kumquat
or Chilled Pu-erh Tea, Ginger, Candied Kumquat 

Bitter Chocolate Cheesecake, Candied Orange, Pistachio
Housemade Horchata with Zaya Aged Rum
or Housemade Horchata

Reservations now open for 3/31 cocktail pairings dinner

Reservations are now open for our next dinner!

The festivities will take place on Saturday, March 31 at 7pm. This dinner will be five courses paired with our own handcrafted cocktails, designed to showcase the best of the season.

This dinner will be $85 per person (inclusive of cocktail pairings).

To snag your spot before they’re gone, drop us an email ASAP at with the names of all the people in your party, as well as any serious food allergies we should be aware of.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday in the Hearsay liquor lab

Our cocktail pairings dinner coming up on Saturday–so it’s game on in the Hearsay liquor lab this week.

Green Lady
2 ounces St. George Spirits Dry Rye gin
2 ounces Cointreau
2 ounces green Chartreuse
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce tangerine juice

Shake and strain into coupes. Garnish each glass with 3 fresh tarragon leaves.