Apple’s 2015 World Wide Developer Conference is almost upon us as iOS developers from across the world flock to San Francisco.
Several of us from Team Aptentive will be there for both WWDC and AltConf. In the process of creating our itineraries, we’ve been collecting recommendations for top restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in the area as well as some of the many WWDC happy hours and after-parties. A few of these are repeat favorites of ours, and others are brand new to this year’s list that we’re eager to check out.
We hope you can join us in trying out a few of these recommendations as you put the finishing touches on your own WWDC itinerary. As always, if you have a favorite spot or event that we missed, please let us know in the comments below.
Enjoy, and hope to see you some of these events!
Yes, you’ll be drinking for free at parties this week. But, should you enjoy paying for a delicious beer you can’t find anywhere else or a well made custom cocktail, try one of these places out:
- The Alembic
- Smuggler’s Cove
- Bourbon & Branch
- The City Beer Store – walking distance from Moscone
- Rickhouse – good cocktails within walking distance of Moscone
They deserve their own classification, they’re that important to SF’s developers. Just a few suggestions, we don’t intend to start any great burrito debates:
- Pancho Villa
- El Farolito
- Papolote (the salsa, really)
- El Tonayense
- Taqueria Cancun – Walking distance from Moscone
Coffeeshops away from the mess
- Blue Bottle – venture to the Ferry Building
- Ritual – hanging out in the Mission is always fun
- The Grove – great cozy/homey shop with delicious food
You have to try the seafood
- Swan’s Oyster Depot – go for lunch, bring cash and expect to wait
- Ebisu Sushi
- Sushi Zone – *protip*
Some other favorites
- Rosamunde in the Haight – who doesn’t like sausages and beer?
- Memphis Minnie’s
- Mama’s in Washington Square – go around 10 am on Weds/Thursday
Want to meet us at one of the places above? Hit us up on twitter – @apptentive
WWDC 2015 Parties & Evening Events
*Some events may already be full or have a wait list.
Monday, June 8th
Pinterest WWDC Happy Hour – 5:30-6pm
Pinterest Happy Hour kicks off at 5:30pm on Monday, June 8th. The group will meet at Natoma Cabana (90 Natoma Street). Come hungry and get excited for an evening of apps, bites and beverages.
WWDC Localization Happy Hour – 5:30-7pm
San Francisco’s own Babble-on App Localization and Applingua from jolly ol’ Wales is sponsoring a WWDC happy hour at one of our favorite local bars, Jamber. It’s just 2 blocks from Moscone! The first round of beer’s on the host, so come early.
2015 CocoaPods State of the Union – 6:30-8:30pm
It’s become an annual tradition for CocoaPods to host an event at WWDC, and we want to make this another great one. Last year we ended up with a waiting list almost double the amount we could get in, so we’re pulling a leaf out of Apple’s book by holding a lottery.
Yelp WWDC After Party – 6:30-10pm
Launch your WWDC week by attending Yelp’s 3rd annual WWDC after party! We’ll be enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres throughout the night. Be sure to RSVP by May 22 to get an additional raffle ticket for an Apple Watch!
Fabric WWDC Party – 8-11pm
Join Fabric and many of the top iOS developers at one of the hottest dance clubs in San Francisco.
Tuesday, June 9th
A Peak into iOS Engineering at Square – 5-8pm
At Square, we’re big fans of WWDC. Our iOS developers come together to learn about the latest trends and technologies in iOS, and share best practices with the community. In that spirit, we’re hosting a tech talk. We’ll give demos and present lightning talks (including a continuation of Scaling Square Register). Join us at SPUR, a 5 minute walk from Moscone Center.
WWDC Party at MyFitnessPall – 5-8pm
Open bar with local beer and wine, food, and a DJ to set the mood. Come meet MyFitnessPal’s engineering team and have a drink (or several) on them!
LinkedIn WWDC Happy Hour – 5:30-7:30pm
Grab a drink and some food, socialize with other iOS developers and LinkedIn employees, and enjoy some quality music. Check out LinkedIn’s San Francisco R&D office right in downtown SF! They’ll be giving away a free Apple Watch and tons of other awesome swag, so you don’t want to miss it!
Layer’s 2015 WWDC Party – 6-9pm
Layer invites you to a join us for a party Tuesday night. There’ll be cold drinks, food and great company. Don’t miss it!
Xamarin’s WWDC 2015 Party – 6-9pm
Join Xamarin for drinks, meet other mobile developers, show off your apps and discuss the latest Apple announcements. Even if you’re not attending WWDC, you and your friends are welcome to attend.
Foursquare WWDC ’15 Event – 6:30-9pm
Foursquare’s lead iOS developer, Jeff Forbes, will share his experience supporting multiple apps with a shared codebase and the challenges the team had to overcome while developing Swarm.
Wednesday, June 10th
LaunchKit & iOS Folks WWDC Meetup – 5-8pm
LaunchKit would love to invite all its users & iOS developers over for drinks during WWDC. It’s very informal and being held a few blocks from the conference center. They’ll provide drinks and snacks. There’s no agenda except to meet up and chat.
App Camp for Girls Fundraising Happy Hour, hosted by WWDCGirls – 5:30-8pm
Meet and mingle, enjoy lite bites, win prizes, all while supporting a great cause! This year’s goal is to raise $10,000 to support App Camp For Girls at this event. 100% of your generous donation will go directly toward funding this year’s programming and future growth.
WWDC at Fitbit – 6:30-8:30pm
Come and hangout with Fitbit’s Engineering, Product Managers and Design teams, have some drinks, talk about wearables and get some extra steps in! One lucky person will walk away with a Fitbit.
Pebble WWDC After-Party with Atlassian – 7-10pm
Please join us for a night of apples, developers, demos, and fun! This meetup group typically has a focus on Pebble developers and apps but for this WWDC after-party all are welcome to come celebrate with us! Apple watch fans, Atlassian users, and Pebble first-timers alike. There will be apple snacks, apple drinks, apple desserts, and apple games!
WWDC Diversion – 7-10pm
Sure, you have plenty of good habits – you’re at WWDC after all – but isn’t it fun to give into the not-so-good ones every now and then?
Thursday, June 11th
Breather’s WWDC Happy Hour – 6-8pm
Toast your fellow iOS developers and join the Breather team for refreshments and snacks. Stop by and geek out over all of the latest news in tech and beyond. Space is limited, and admission is on a first come, first serve basis. What are you waiting for?
Saturday, June 13th
Apple Watch Hackathon
Wrap up WWDC week with an Apple Watch Hackathon. This hackathon will have great food, good people, and clever ideas. You may participate remotely or in-person, either as a spectator or as a team. Designers and developers are welcome.
If we missed any events that you know about and think should be added to the list, let us know. To keep the schedule of events in your pocket download the Parties for WWDC app (Only available for iOS).
Have a great WWDC, and let us know if you’d like to schedule a meeting!