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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    Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour-Electric Bike

    New to San Francisco and don't know where to go? Or maybe you've always lived in the city, but never had the time to explore. True to the Californian nature of going green, hop on a bike and take this iconic tour through SF! You will start in Fisherman's Wharf, one of the only true ones left in America. As you cycle along the coast, keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, dolphins, and military forts, as well as some of San Francisco's most elegant neighborhoods! Then you'll bike over to the Golden Gate Bridge, where -- no shame! -- you can be as touristy as you want. Past the bridge your last stop will be quaint Sausalito, a small waterside city just outside of San Francisco. So what are you waiting for? The beautiful coastline awaits!
    Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour-Electric Bike

    2661 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Take a guided tour of iconic landmarks in San Francisco on an A2B Ferber electric bike
    • Cycle along the coast starting from Fisherman's Wharf, where you'll take in the ocean breeze with the sound of barking sea lions in the background
    • Take memorable photos at the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular tourist destination in the city
    • Finally, marvel at the San Francisco skyline from the beauty of Sausalito's streets
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    Earn Your Wings (SF)

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    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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    8 positive reviews
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    Stand-up Comedy Show

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    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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    9 positive reviews
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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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    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 B 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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    Painting Class

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    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

    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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    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

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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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    The Mission Vegetarian Food Tour

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    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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    Craft Cocktail Tour

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    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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    6 positive reviews

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