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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    Dinner Dance Cruise

    What better way to conclude a day in San Francisco than watching the sun set over the beautiful San Francisco Bay on a memorable dinner dance cruise? Enjoy a four-course dinner of local ingredients freshly prepared onboard by an expert team of chefs, then let your hair down and dance to the live band or simply relax and watch the city skyline drift by from the outdoor decks. The perfect combination of fine dining, scenic views and lively entertainment that will appeal to all!
    Dinner Dance Cruise

    Pier 3, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a night of fine dining, lively dancing, and spectacular views on a dinner cruise
    • Treat yourself to a gourmet 4-course dinner made with local ingredients
    • Dance the night away to foot-tapping tunes from live band
    • Watch the cityline drift by from your window seat or the boat’s outdoor decks
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    Premium Sake Museum Tour and Tasting

    You love sake, but you can’t travel all the way to Japan for a nice cup, and you only want the highest quality. How lucky, then, that Takara Sake has a place right here in California, with a premium tour and tasting! On this delightful tour, you’ll get a fascinating tour of the Sake museum, featuring sake artifacts and implements, plus the history of sake-making in America. Then, enjoy a tasting of a variety of premium sake, including Sho Chiku Bai Sake and more! And there’s no better place to get the full, authentic sake experience than at Takara’s The Tasting Room, measuring over 2,200 square feet and inspired by Japanese rice paddies. You’ll be satisfying your sake cravings in no time!
    Premium Sake Museum Tour and Tasting

    708 Addison St, Berkeley

    • Taste a variety of premium sakes in an authentic setting
    • Learn about sake production and see sake artifacts and implements collected by Takara
    • Feel like you’re on an exotic and unforgettable journey to Japan
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    San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

    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, crudité 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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    Salsa

    Looking to spice things up? Then you need some salsa in your life. Take an introductory salsa dance class where you will learn the fundamentals of the style: basic steps, follower’s outside turn (right turn), leader’s left turn, cross body lead, head loop and much more. You will focus on building leading and following skills so that you not only can dance with your fellow dance enthusiasts, but also for any social event. Here, you’ll practice the rhythms, movements, and footwork routines. Change things up and learn the classic dance style while getting a great workout.
    Salsa

    200 Grand Ave, Oakland

    • Learn the fun and sensual dance style of salsa
    • Build your foundation with simple Latin dance steps and footwork
    • Get personalized instruction and helpful guidance to become a great dancer
    • All skill levels are welcome
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    The Mission Vegetarian Food Tour

    The Mission District is San Francisco's first neighborhood, truly the heart of this vibrant city. On this guided walking tour, you’ll experience innovative vegetarian and vegan eateries that will leave even the most serious of omnivore feeling inspired! Explore the district’s lively restaurant and foodie scene as you sample up to 5 of the most delicious veggie dishes the area has to offer. Hear about some of the unusual history of the area as you follow your expert local guide to see some of the quirkiest sites in this most eclectic of neighborhoods, traditionally home to artists, bohemians, political activists, and other alternative types. Foodies take note, you’ll be on cloud 9 during this tour of a neighborhood that truly offers it all!
    The Mission Vegetarian Food Tour

    Mission District, San Francisco

    • Eat your way through San Francisco’s historic Mission District on a vegetarian-focused food tour
    • See the hip Valencia Street, frenetic 16th Street, latin flavored Mission Street, and trendy 18th Street
    • Indulge in mouthwatering vegetarian and vegan dishes from five different eateries
    • Enjoy colorful commentary from your local guide about the history of the neighborhood
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    Sunset Sail

    It’s true -- everything is better with a sunset! On this casual, romantic cruise, you’ll climb aboard a comfortable and unique catamaran and take off into the crystal waters off the coast of San Francisco for a ride around some of its major sights. While the sun creates its magical end-of-daylight, you’ll take in amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Sausalito, Kirby Cove, and maybe even some aquatic residents of the area, such as sea lions. To enhance your experience, you’ll enjoy snacking on light hors d’oeuvres and sipping on two complimentary glasses of beer, wine, or soda. Treat yourself and a special someone to this incredible experience...and earn some major brownie points as you literally sail off into the sunset!
    Sunset Sail

    928 Harrison St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a romantic and scenic sunset cruise off the San Francisco coast on a comfortable catamaran
    • Take in gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Sausalito, and more as you watch the sun sink below the horizon
    • Complete your romantic experience with light hors d’oeuvres and two complimentary drinks
    • Relax and unwind as you enjoy the chance to see San Francisco in a whole new light
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    Private Flight for 2

    Oh sure, you saw San Francisco when you flew in, but did you tap on the pilot’s shoulder and ask him if he could please slow down near the Golden Gate bridge because you’re trying to take a sweet photo for the insta-followers? Of course not. That would be silly. But, what if there was a way to see everything from above and walk away with decent photos? There is. SF Air Tours is here to take you on the Golden Tour of San Francisco’s skies! Enjoy views of Downtown Oakland, Bay Bridge, Downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, and more. You’ll have so many photos your phone will freeze. Good thing you brought a camera.
    Private Flight for 2

    8433 Earhart Rd, Oakland

    • Experience San Francisco from 1000 feet above
    • Fly like a bird -- or at least ride passenger and enjoy a birds-eye view
    • Take unique photos from above -snap all of your favorite San Fran locations in a high-wing plane for the complete view
    • Enjoy views of Downtown Oakland, Bay Bridge, Downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, Pacific Coast, Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, and Port of Oakland
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    Best of San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy

    Plush seats? Check. Cheap drinks? Check. Eclectic comedy lineup featuring the freshest stand-up names in all of San Francisco? Check! Best of San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy features lineups of some of the city’s funniest people live at the famous Variety Preview Room Theater in downtown SF’s Hobart Building. You’ll satisfy your need to laugh during this riotous show and walk out feeling on top of the world. Best of all, the event is sponsored by Variety Children’s Charity, and drink proceeds go to supporting children with special needs. Who knew charity could be a laughing matter?
    Best of San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy

    582 Market St, San Francisco

    • Treat yourself to a night of stand-up comedy from some of the best comedians in San Francisco
    • Enhance the experience with a drink or two from a full bar
    • Contribute to a good cause, as all proceeds go to the Variety Children’s Charity
    • Sit back and enjoy some good laughs and philanthropy
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    Craft Brews Bike Tour

    Combine wonderful scenery with local food culture on this bike tour through San Francisco. Enjoy a fun, leisurely bike ride through San Francisco’s diverse, vibrant neighborhoods to get an intimate feel for the city. Stop at three popular local breweries or bars to relax and try some great craft beer (first beer included). As you pass through SOMA, the trendy Mission District and iconic Haight Ashbury, learn about San Francisco’s rich history and culture from your knowledgeable guide. Meet near AT&T Park in San Francisco’s SOMA (South of Market) District to begin your small-group bike tour. As you cycle through the trendy Mission District and continue to famous Haight Ashbury, your knowledgeable guide will teach you about San Francisco’s history and culture and highlight the unique characteristics of each neighborhood.

    You’ll make stops at three popular breweries, pubs, bars or beer halls to try different beers. You may visit 21st Amendment, Thirsty Bear Brewing, Southern Pacific Brewing Company, Zeitgeist, Toronado or Magnolia Brew Pub, all great spots to sit back, relax and enjoy crafted brews while mingling with San Francisco locals.

    The first beer is included, and there will be opportunities to purchase food and more beer at the other stops. Finish your tour with a loop through Union Square and a scenic ride along the Embarcadero to AT&T Park.
    Craft Brews Bike Tour

    Lusk St, San Francisco

    • Combine wonderful scenery, adventure, and local food culture on a bike tour through San Francisco
    • Enjoy a fun bike ride through San Francisco’s vibrant neighborhoods to get an intimate feel for the city
    • Stop at three popular local breweries or bars to relax and sample some great craft beer
    • Learn about San Francisco’s rich history and culture from your knowledgeable guide
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    Craft Cocktail Tour

    Go behind-the-scenes on a San Francisco craft cocktail tour to meet bar owners, bartenders, and industry experts for a unique cocktail experience at three Union Square cocktail havens. You’ll drink delicious, well-balanced libations from the nation’s top mixologists paired with delectable bites. Start off with citrusy Pisco Punch, San Francisco’s most storied drink, and learn how this delicious Peruvian liquor is made. Then you’re off for a Chartreuse Swizzle, made with over 130 ingredients, and some bacon and cheese popcorn. You might even get to sip on a take on the Old Fashioned at Tradition or maybe you’ll get your taste buds hopping with a spicy, tequila-based Poquito Picante paired with Chef Charlie Parker’s savory bites, and a lesson on the many uses of Aperol. Learn about San Francisco’s integral role in the revival of the cocktail culture, as well as the origins and back-stories of the spirits in the cocktails. What a delicious way to be a cocktail insider!
    Craft Cocktail Tour

    405 Taylor St, San Francisco

    • Discover Union Square’s amazing array of craft cocktails
    • Sip on unique creations made with pisco, chartreuse, and either cognac or tequila at 3 different locations
    • Get lessons on the history of the different liquors, and taste them on their own
    • Nibble on gourmet snacks as you drink
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