5 San Fran Dates You Knew Were Cool Before Anyone Else

July 11, 2016

San Francisco: the happy, hill-y, hipster hub of the nation. Home to hybrid cars, endless bikers, and loads of beanies, every bend and mountainous rise in pavement is full of culture and character.

But the hipster scene can be tough -- with so many people out there trying to to forge their own path, even the artsiest of artsy things can slip into becoming the dreaded “mainstream.” There can only be so many hoodie-wearing, camera bearing people walking around on the street before it just becomes commonplace.

But don’t let this be true for the SF dating scene. Sure, a sail on the Bay or a hike through the woods might seem like an “out of the box” idea at first, but trust us, every entrepreneur-techy-startup person in SF -- and there are a ton of them -- has been there, done that.

Relationships are hard, especially in San Fran where the these techy types like to spend more time coding and building businesses than building relationships. But with the right date, you’ll find the right boo thang in no time. So let us help you with a list of dates you can claim you knew were cool before anyone else. Sayonara, San Fran Bay sail.

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    Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

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    Think you've got what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse? Put your survival skills to the test during this escape room challenge! Escape room games lock you in a room and pit you against the clock, leaving you just one hour to locate a series of clues, unravel an overarching puzzle, and make your escape! You'll have to work successfully with a small group of fellow players, making this a great team-building challenge. Use your brain--or it's zombie chow!
    Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

    660 Bryant St, San Francisco

    • Immerse yourself in an interactive game where you must find a way to escape a locked room
    • Exercise your critical thinking skills to piece together clues in order to solve the mystery
    • Work with a small team to better your odds of completing the task within the allotted time
    • Feel the rush as you race against the clock -- and the zombies!
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    San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

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    Take the ultimate sunset cruise, California-style! Relax as you enjoy amazing views of San Francisco and a hearty appetizer buffet during this casual two-hour cruise of San Francisco Bay. The sailings are timed to coincide with sunsets; the Sunset Bay Cruise departure time and route will differ to the Twilight Cruise which sails during the winter months. With live commentary by the captain and cool background music, this cruise is a wonderful way to explore San Francisco Bay at twilight during late March through early November.

    As the sun begins to set over the Marin Headlands, you'll cruise past Alcatraz, Angel Island and the shorelines of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito. Watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean as you sail west toward the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf you'll see many more famous sights, including the Presidio, the Marina District and Fort Mason.

    During the cruise, enjoy an assortment of vegetarian, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, antipasti, crudite with dip, potato and Caesar salads, seasonal fruits, freshly baked miniature desserts, and a complimentary beverage.

    A full bar with drinks and merchandise is available aboard. All cruise vessels offer indoor and outdoor seating, and restrooms. There is no assigned seating or formal dress required, come as you are for an evening of relaxed sunset sailing! Vessels operate on bio-diesel, a renewable energy source. In the winter, the cruise changes its itinerary to make the most of the spectacular city lights view of San Francisco. As the sun sets over the horizon, you'll sail past San Francisco's modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks, the infamous island of Alcatraz and both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge.

    Your evening of breathtaking San Francisco views will be accompanied with live guitar entertainment, hearty buffet of sandwiches, salads, dessert, and a beverage from the bar.

    Whether you are enjoying the skyline views from the ship's heated indoor spaces or out on the outdoor viewing decks, the city lights are an unmissable San Francisco attraction.
    San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

    Pier 43, San Francisco

    • Sail on a cruise along the spectacular San Francisco city skyline under the setting sun
    • Take superb photos of the historic Alcatraz Island, Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Indulge in a hearty hors d'oeuvres buffet of different assortments, along with complimentary drinks
    • Hear live commentary by the captain and enjoy the smooth background music
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    Pottery Workshop

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    Not all pottery classes are all they're cracked up to be...but this one is the real deal! In this all-skill-levels class, you'll be taught how to make beautiful, handcrafted pieces using an authentic pottery wheel. Adding to the appeal, you'll work in a small class setting of no more than six fellow students, meaning you'll get lots of personalized attention tailored to your skill level to really hone your craft. In less words, this is a perfect way to learn the fundamentals of this soothing, creative outlet! It's gonna be 'wheel' fun!
    Pottery Workshop

    7523 Fairmount Ave, El Cerrito

    • Learn to work a pottery wheel like a pro and create beautiful, handcrafted clay pieces
    • Get individualized attention from a professional teacher in an intimate studio setting
    • Enjoy crafting complete creations from mounds of clay, with the option to possibly take them home later
    • Feel the joy of spinning and shaping cool, wet clay to bring your creative vision to life
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    Sunset Sail on San Francisco Bay

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    Out on the waters of the bay, the majestic sinking sun is just the start when it comes to natural beauty. Feel the rush of the sea breeze in your face as you sail by the San Francisco skyline as it twinkles to life. Capture breathtaking sights going UNDER the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and by a colony of grunting sea lions. Or, if you'd rather protect your hairdo, take in the majestic views from the vantage point of the 360 degree protected viewing area. You can even combine the beauty of the harbor with the thrill of flight, as you lounge on a raised canvas net. You'll enjoy snacks and two complimentary drinks as the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge lights up the night. Soak in the Bay Area's unique beauty in style and comfort!
    Sunset Sail on San Francisco Bay

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Experience the Bay Area at night with a beautiful sunset sailing tour
    • See stunning iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the sea lions of Pier 39
    • Feel the wind in your face or take it all in from the comfort of a protected viewing area
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    Earn Your Wings (SF)

    Have you always wanted to feel the thrill of free falling without having to... well, jump out of an airplane?! What if you could feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving MINUS your totally understandable fear of heights? Well, here's your chance! iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility that creates true free fall conditions. You'll float inside iFLY's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel -- with absolutely NOTHING attaching you to planet earth. And with the Earn Your Wings package, you'll get the ultimate beginner-level package for a great introduction to indoor skydiving: 2 unforgettable one-minute flights, plus hands-on assistance and a comprehensive training session from your personal flight instructor. You'll even get to take home a personalized flight certificate to show off to your friends. This is one indoor aerial experience you don't want to miss! Note: The total duration of the activity is 2 hours, which includes 1 hour of training. Includes use of all the flight gear. If you have had a prior shoulder dislocation, back, or neck problems or if you are pregnant, you should not fly. Those less than 6 feet tall must weigh less than 230 pounds, and those over 6 feet must weigh less than 250 pounds. Flyers can be as young as 3 years of age; there is no upper age limit. Participants under 18 years must have parent or legal guardian present to sign Release of Liability.
    Earn Your Wings (SF)

    31310 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Union City

    • Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane
    • Benefit from the ultimate beginner's package, with everything you need to have a great first flight
    • Feel safe and prepared with hands-on assistance from your personal flight instructor
    • Channel your inner super hero as you float in iFLY San Francisco's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel
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    Ceramic Pottery

    Explore a hobby that will definitely let you get your hands dirty. In this fun introduction to throwing or hand building with clay you'll learn basic techniques as you craft your own personal coffee mug on the potter's wheel or, if you'd prefer, you can make a canister out of a slab. Come unleash your creativity in this fun, laid back class. The mesmerizing practice of throwing is a great escape from the daily grind, and your mug will be perfect for steaming cup of freshly ground brew.
    Ceramic Pottery

    1045 Sutter St, San Francisco

    • Come take a Claycation at SMAart Studio. Learn the fun, relaxing fundamentals of throwing on the potter's wheel,
    • Craft your own coffee cup on the potter's wheel or out of a slab
    • Forget life's stresses as you learn new hands on creative skills
    • Enjoy a fun, relaxing creative outlet
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    Stand-up Comedy Show

    If you love to laugh and drink alcohol, there's no better place to spend your evening than The Setup. Indulge in a night of underground comedy in the heart of San Francisco, a city known for incubating the absurd oddities and genius of the famous freaks! shoutout to Robin Williams and Margaret Cho! You'll get to see a variety of established comedians as well as local up-and-coming stars! The Setup will ensure your stand-up comedy show experience is like no other!
    Stand-up Comedy Show

    222 Hyde St , San Francisco

    • Enjoy a night of underground stand-up comedy in the heart of the city
    • Watch a mix of hilarious pros and rip-roaring amateurs take the stage
    • Come early for cheap drinks and awesome seats
    • Indulge in a memorable comedy experience -- San Francisco style
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    Painting Class (BYOB)

    Dab, sip, stroke. Repeat, til masterpiece status is reached. At Canvas and Cabernet, you'll combine 2 of life's pleasures: Painting and wine. With the help of an expert instructor, you'll emulate the night's painting of choice, while still putting your own unique spin on your work. As the night progresses, both in terms of your developing technique and the wine you've been consuming, don't be surprised if your painting starts to look pretty good. The next morning though? Who knows.
    Painting Class (BYOB)

    1421 Locust St, Walnut Creek

    • Learn to paint by creating a facsimile of a beautiful work, all the while drinking fine wine
    • Let the alcohol loosen up your creative muscles, and see what your art skills look like while uninhibited
    • Take home an artistic masterpiece that bares your distinct style
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    Drop-In Improv Workshop

    Join a community of peers, where jokers run wild! If you have comic aspirations, the art of improv performance is a rite of passage you'll not want to miss out on. This workshop will teach you the fine points of on-the-fly wit, including how to riff off of simple ideas, read the intentions of your stage partners and support them, make effective use of silence, and what to do when you have no idea what to say. You'll work in small class sizes for personalized attention. Each week, instructors rotate into the class, ensuring lessons in hilarity that are fresh and offer unique perspectives. Whether you're looking to get into the comedy arena for the first time, fine tune your abilities, or add to your repertoire, this class will provide the punch line you're looking for!
    Drop-In Improv Workshop

    446 Valencia St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy in a workshop on improv under the guidance of an experienced improviser
    • Learn to work with others on stage to create compelling and hilarious scenes
    • Build your confidence in performing in front of others and sharpen your wit
    • Develop new talents while exploring the outrageous limits of your sense of humor
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    Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

    Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park. Your journey begins with a drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range. In the morning, you will be driven to a giant sequoia grove (snow depth permitting), stopping along the way for a bird's-eye view of the whole valley. You can relax in the picnic area and have lunch (not included) among the giant sequoia trees.

    After lunch, you will have the opportunity to go on a short one-hour hike to the falls or grab a snack at the Yosemite Lodge. You will have three to four hours to spend at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone, which may include some of the following:
    • Hike to one of Yosemite's waterfalls
    • Watch the climbers on El Capitan
    • Rent bikes for a relaxing cycle on the flat bike paths throughout the valley
    • Cool off in lovely river pools in summer
    • Spot a black bear
    • Relax at the visitors center, with museums, restaurants and the Ansel Adams Gallery to inspire every amateur photographer
    When it's time to head back to San Francisco, you will drive down the Sierra Nevada stopping along the way for a short break.

    Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year.
    Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Embark on a trip to the peaceful countryside and discover the raw beauty of Yosemite National Park
    • Drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range
    • Enjoy three to four hours of free time at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone
    • Relax in the picnic area and have lunch among the giant sequoia trees
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