5 San Fran Dates You Knew Were Cool Before Anyone Else

July 11, 2018

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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    BYOB Wine Art Sessions

    Looking for some sophistication in your life? Pop the cork on culture with this BYOB painting class! Get colorful in a social studio as you recreate a pre-determined painting, stroke by stroke in tandem with an experienced painter. This is a great way to develop your understanding of color theory, build basic brush techniques, and unleash your creative side! Adding to the appeal, you're encouraged to bring your favorite bottle of wine and snacks to turn this workshop into an all-out painting party! There's nothing quite so intoxicating as culture. And wine.
    BYOB Wine Art Sessions

    2192 Folsom St, San Francisco

    • Create a beautiful piece of art during a laidback, social painting event
    • Work with a professional artist to refine your brush technique and approach
    • Bring your favorite adult beverage (beer or wine) and snacks to enhance the fun
    • Get the creative juices flowing with some liquid inspiration and good conversation
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    Terrarium Class

    Hanging globe terrariums are a very popular decoration right now, but you don't just want to buy one, you want to make your own! In this class you will learn all about the ins and outs of creating a terrarium."¨"¨ You will acquire useful knowledge about succulent plants including care for, maintenance, propagation and transplanting. Then you will plant a 5" hanging globe terrarium utilizing an array of 2" plants that you will get to choose from. You will decorate using a huge variety of mosses, pebbles, sands, and tumbled glass. Don't be afraid to get a little dirty in this hands on class!
    Terrarium Class

    402 Cortland Ave, Bernal heights, San Francisco

    • Learn all about terrariums, the ins and outs of creating them, and then create your own
    • Become versed about succulent plants including care, maintenance, propagation, and transplanting
    • Get your hands dirty as you plant a 5" hanging globe terrarium of your own
    • Understand new tools and techniques, so you can make your own vertical garden wherever you want
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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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    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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    Perfume Making

    You don't have to be a celebrity to create your own personal fragrance! During this class, you will enjoy a consultation with an experienced perfume guide as you begin to understand the design and construction of a fragrance. Once you've learned the basics, begin designing your own scent, mixing your choice of quality essential and fragrance oils and aroma blends, and including as many elements as you desire. Choose a label, give your fragrance a name, and leave the class smelling like a million bucks, as your perfume will be made up right then and there!
    Perfume Making

    897 Independence Ave, Mountain View

    • Learn how to custom make your own personal fragrance during this perfume making class
    • Enjoy a consultation with an experienced perfume guide to learn basic fragrance design and construction
    • Design your own scent, mixing your choice of quality essential and fragrance oils and aroma blends
    • Choose a label, give your fragrance a name, and leave the class smelling like a million bucks
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    Streets of San Francisco Guided Bike Tour-Comfort Hybrid

    There's more to San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge! By leading you through various local neighborhoods, this urban bike tour will have you realizing just how dynamic this city is. You'll explore the back alleys of North Beach's "Little Italy," and get to take photos of the Transamerica Pyramid. Then you'll hit up Barbary Coast along with San Francisco's historical supper clubs. As you bike through this area, learn about how the neighborhoods transformed from scandalous to sparkling! Channel some black and orange when you ride around the Giant's AT&T Ballpark, then venture into the Mission, Castro, and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods, each of which is a unique community with equally unique locals. Lastly, head to Nopa where you'll find the famous Painted Ladies houses of Alamo Square. From there you'll visit the Civic Center, cycle into Polk Gulch, San Francisco's original gay neighborhood, and finish up in Aquatic Park!
    Streets of San Francisco Guided Bike Tour-Comfort Hybrid

    2661 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Take a guided bike tour through various neighborhoods in urban San Francisco and experience just how different each one is
    • Tour the historic "Little Italy"and Barbary Coast, where you'll find the Transamerica Pyramid and San Francisco's famous supper clubs
    • Pick up some black and orange gear at the pride of the locals: the Giant's AT&T Ballpark
    • Relax on the grass of Alamo Square after a leisurely ride through Mission, Castro, and Haight-Ashbury before you wrap up the tour in Polk Gulch and the Aquatic Park
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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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    Chocolate Workshop

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    Have you ever wanted to make beautiful chocolates inside a real chocolate factory? Here's your golden ticket! Come inside a real chocolate factory to experience a hands-on workshop where you'll make your very own delicious American and French chocolates with acclaimed Chocolatier Rachel Dunn. Using noble fresh ingredients and premium chocolate couvertures, you'll create much'loved classic and modern confections as you benefit from the master chocolatier's decades of experience and passion for the art of chocolate. Your eyes, hands and sense of smell will be fully engaged while you dip and decorate a generous and delicious assortment of confections to take home to share...or just keep for yourself!
    Chocolate Workshop

    1021 Detroit Ave, Concord

    • Fully experience the chocolate making process during this hands-on workshop
    • Create American classics and traditional European confections under the guidance of a professional
    • Benefit from the master chocolatier's decades of experience and passion for the art of chocolate
    • Fully engage your eyes, hands, and sense of smell as you dip and decorate your own assortment
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    Beginning Rock Climbing (Castle Rock State Park)

    Rock climbing is quickly becoming more and more popular, and you'll understand why when you try it for yourself. Beginning rock climbing, contrary to popular belief, does not come with a prerequisite for great upper body strength. In this class, you'll quickly learn that the magic lies in the footwork -- finding the little corners, edges and ledges for your rock climbing shoe to stick to. Add a little bit of balance to this equation, and you are well on your way to getting up a steep rock face. Your expert instructor will teach you how to belay, handle essential climbing commands and communication, and fundamental movements and techniques. You'll feel an incredible sense of accomplishment when you scale a sheer rock wall. Work up a sweat, get outdoors, and create a sense of adventure and closeness with nature.
    Beginning Rock Climbing (Castle Rock State Park)

    15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos

    • Learn fundamental rock climbing techniques like footwork and balance
    • Practice climbing commands and how to safely belay a climber
    • Experience the thrill of being out in nature
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