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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    Mirror Maze

    "Dude. Duuuuuuuuuuude. Those colors are just...whoooooooa." Want to get to that point without the health and legal risks? Come to Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze for an experience like no other! During this crazy attraction, you'll wind your way through a labyrinth of mirrors, set aglow by black lights. You'll completely lose track of where you are and where you're trying to go -- but that's the fun part! This psychedelic experience is completely mindblowing, so just let go and enjoy the ride. Or should we say trip?
    Mirror Maze

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Make your way through an intricate labyrinth of mirrors and try your best not to get lost!
    • See black lights, glowing mirrors, and crazy effects
    • Stay and trip out for as long as you want
    • Have the most psychedelic experience one can legally reach in San Francisco!
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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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    Clay and Coffee Play

    Start your weekend off right with a hot cup of coffee and a cool hunk of clay. Enjoy the cup in your hand while you learn to make a new one. You'll learn basic throwing techniques as you craft your own personal coffee mug on the potter's wheel. Or, if you'd prefer, you can make one from a slab. Come unleash your creativity in this fun, laid back class. The mesmerizing practice of sculpting is a great escape from the daily grind, and the fresh ground pot of coffee doesn't hurt either.
    Clay and Coffee Play

    1045 Sutter St, San Francisco

    • Learn the fun, relaxing fundamentals of throwing on the potter's wheel
    • Craft your own coffee mug as you enjoy a freshly brewed cup yourself
    • Forget the week's stresses as you learn new creative skills
    • Enjoy a fun, relaxing way to start off the weekend
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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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    Bay Sail on San Francisco Bay

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    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 drinks for purchase as the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge floats above you. Soak in the Bay Area's unique beauty in style and comfort!
    Bay Sail on San Francisco Bay

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Experience the Bay Area with a beautiful sailing tour
    • See stunning iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the sea lions of Pier 39
    • Augment your surroundings with an optional audio tour
    • Feel the wind in your face or take it all in from the comfort of a protected viewing area
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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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    Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch

    On the morning of your tour, head to the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Depending on the day you select, you'll take the ferry (Mon-Fri) or a bus (Sat-Sun) from here to Vallejo, where you'll then board a shuttle and head north to beautiful Napa Valley wine country. When you arrive in Napa, hop aboard the famous Napa Valley Wine Train! You'll be directed to your seat and welcomed with a taste of wine. Then, simply sit back and soak in impeccable views of Napa's stunning vineyards as you travel north to the quaint village of St Helena, passing the towns of Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford along the way. When your eyes aren't pasted to the large viewing windows, you're encouraged to explore this unique train during your journey, you may even visit the kitchen car to watch the chefs prepare your gourmet meal. You'll sit in your choice of the first or second seating section, depending on when you'd like to enjoy your lunch. Choose from a fresh, seasonal menu, and enjoy a delicious meal prepared to your specifications. This highly acclaimed restaurant prides itself in using fresh ingredients and sustainable produce, as well as humanely raised meats and line-caught or farmed fish. Before or after your meal, head to the lounge car to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine from the bar (own expense) and lounge on the loveseats. Your Napa Valley Wine Train experience will end in the early evening, when you'll board the shuttle for your return trip to Vallejo. You'll then hop on the 5:15pm ferry to return to San Francisco.
    Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch

    1 Sausalito - San Francisco Ferry Bldg, San Francisco

    • Hop aboard the famous Napa Valley Wine Train for an unforgettable dining experience
    • Soak in impeccable views of Napa's stunning vineyards as you experience its elusive glow
    • Pass through Oakville, Rutherford and Yountville as you travel north to St. Helena
    • Savor a gourmet lunch on the train and see sights of San Francisco from the train's large viewing windows
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    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure (San Francisco)

    Price is for a group of 2-5 people Looking for a way to turn San Francisco into a giant game board? Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of SF highlights! Guided from any smartphone, you'll make your way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Answer questions to uncover the next, secret location. Your adventure takes you through the Union Square area, which houses some of the city's finest designer shopping and cafes, through the bustling Chinatown and other historical neighborhoods as you make your way down through the famous Wharf District. Traverse its contoured landscape both on foot and by Cable Car, as you gain an entirely new perspective ol San Francisco and learn to see the city by the Bay in a whole new way!
    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure (San Francisco)

    Yerba Buena Park, San Francisco

    • Embark on a tour that allows you to experience San Francisco as if it were a scavenger hunt
    • Answer fun trivia questions to uncover the next secret location and advance in your journey
    • Explore the most iconic SF neighborhoods, such as Union Square, Chinatown, and the Wharf District
    • Snap breathtaking photos of the city from above as you ride through the sky in a cable car
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