When heading to a Giants game this season, drop by one of these neighborhood spots for game-time prep.
Beautifully plated dishes from Prospect’s reopening menu last July
The boys of summer will return a little later than usual this year, but our 2021 National League West division-winning Giants will take on the Marlins for their home opener April 8. The Nationals visit for a weekend series (April 22 to 24). Here’s where to hang out before and after games all season near Oracle Park.
Alchemist’s Valley of the Voodoo Dolls drink
Just one block from Oracle Park, Alchemist Bar & Lounge offers a memorable game-day experience. Leather couches and dark wood interiors give the space an underground, historical feel, while the intimate and light steampunkthemed restaurant serves an impressive menu of cocktails and classic bar food. We also love spirited sips like the Valley of the Voodoo Dolls or Camping With Hipsters. 679 Third St., 415.746.9968
For a glass of vino, stop by Jax Vineyards’ tasting room just two blocks from the park. Brother-sister duo Trent and Kimberly Jackson founded their first label in 1996 with the help of their vintner father. Their San Francisco tasting room offers various packages for larger groups, and smaller groups can choose their own flights or tastes. 326 Brannan St., 415.446.9505
Chef Nancy Oakes, chef Pam Mazzola and operations director Kathy King of Boulevard restaurant collaborated to create this setting at the ground of the Infinity Towers. Prospect’s team uses local and organic ingredients and serves New American food like prime beef tartare and local petrale sole. There’s also a lengthy cocktails list and excellent desserts, as well as an award-winning wine list if a quick drink or a treat is all time will allow before the first pitch. Plus, the walk from Oracle Park to Prospect is a beautiful one alongside the water and piers. 300 Spear St., 415.247.7770
The Alchemist bar.
Located in Hotel VIA, BarVIA was created to reflect the vibe of the neighborhood. Chef Carlos Lopez created the menu, which includes delicious small plates and plenty of quality cocktails. The ground-floor restaurant offers close-up views of Oracle Park through 19-foot windows, and the rooftop has an even wider scope. Stop by to kick back before the game and return afterward for celebration or culinary consolation. 138 King St., 415.200.4977
Photography by: PHOTOS BY NADER PHOTOGRAPHY/COURTESY OF PROSPECT;