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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    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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    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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    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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    Beginner's Photography

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    We all know that the best superhero ability would be to be able to stop time. Alas, it's impossible (we're mostly certain of this). Photography isn't the same... but it's the closest thing we've got to it. If you're going to do something, do it well. Come down to the Isla Studio and learn the basics of this incredible artform. Not only will you never miss a memory again, your memories will take on an aesthetically pleasing form... no thumbs in front of the lense, in other words. You know, in the early years of photography, philosopher Walter Benjamin criticized the medium as a debasement of art's "aura". What did he know? Photography rules.
    Beginner's Photography

    612 Alabama St, San Francisco

    • Learn the basics of photography in a 3-hour introductory course
    • Go over concepts like exposure, aperture, depth of field, and shutter speed
    • Switch your camera off of automatic mode -- get acquainted with manual
    • Take the first steps in an incredible, artistic journey
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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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    Dinner Dance Cruise with Window Seating & Champagne

    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 with Window Seating & Champagne

    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 and a bottle of champagne
    • Dance the night away to foot-tapping tunes from a live band
    • Watch the cityline drift by from your window seat or the boat's outdoor decks
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    Champagne Brunch Cruise

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    Enjoy unbeatable views of San Francisco as you cruise the picturesque waters of the bay on a champagne brunch cruise. With terrific food and on board entertainment, you'll wish you could take this relaxing weekend brunch cruise every day of the week!

    The two-hour San Francisco Champagne Brunch Cruise offers the perfect mix of gourmet dining and sightseeing. The perfect addition to a romantic weekend!

    During the cruise you will have superb photo opportunities of:

    • Golden Gate Bridge
    • Alcatraz Island
    • Angel Island
    • Bay Bridge
    • San Francisco Embarcadero and Waterfront

    While you cruise, start with cocktails on deck then indulge with a lavish brunch buffet featuring a gourmet selection of freshly baked and locally produced foods. Listen to smooth tunes inside or daydream on the outside deck while you sip complimentary champagne.

    A cash bar is also available during the cruise to purchase additional beverages and cocktails.

    This San Francisco Champagne Brunch Cruise is a weekend indulgence not to be missed!

    Champagne Brunch Cruise

    Pier 3, San Francisco

    • Enjoy unbeatable views of San Francisco on a champagne brunch cruise
    • Indulge in a lavish brunch buffet with freshly baked foods, including pasta, salad and a waffle station
    • Take superb photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the San Francisco Embarcadero
    • Listen to smooth tunes on the outside deck and sip a complimentary glass of champagne
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    Napa and Sonoma Combo Tour

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    Spend a full day exploring Napa's legendary Silverado trail and the renowned Sonoma Valley, and fully discover the romance of the world's top wine-producing regions! On your Wine Country Tour, you will visit three boutique wineries and enjoy samplings of wines produced right there in the region. As you travel from winery to winery, enjoy lively narration from your knowledgeable tour guide about the surrounding vineyards and breathtaking scenery. Make a pit stop at the Oxbow Public Market to have your senses tempted by the many local vendors you'll pass on your way to sample some gourmet olive oil. Feel free to fully enjoy your day of wine and relaxation, as transportation to and from your San Francisco hotel will be provided. Cheers!
    Napa and Sonoma Combo Tour

    55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco

    • Spend a full day exploring the legendary wine regions of Sonoma and Napa on this guided tastings tour
    • Visit three boutique wineries and enjoy samplings of wines produced right there in the region
    • Enjoy lively narration from your knowledgeable tour guide about the surrounding scenery
    • Hotel pick up and drop off from San Francisco hotels is included
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