Anyone can make date night ordinary, but in San Francisco, the opportunities to wow that special someone with a creative date together are practically endless. Try any of these unusual date ideas for the next night, or day, out.
Billy Goat Hill
Bar, Wine Seller, American, Pub Grub, $$$
This is a great idea for the creative types. Head to Tank18, where the two of you will have a wine tasting, nibble on a yummy cheese platter, and sketch your very own wine label. Even better, you’ll have a reason to come back, as your sketched wine bottles are good for cheap refills on repeat visits.
Tank 18, 1345 Howard St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 799 7161
Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub
Couples who love Star Wars will have a ball exploring the Lucasfilm headquarters at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio. Although they don’t offer tours, you can still ogle the film artwork in the lobby, as well as the famous Yoda fountain.
What better way to spend time getting to know your date than on a long city walk rediscovering your own backyard? San Francisco is full of lesser-known parks, back alleyways, and other little gems. Create new memories at these places on date night.
Midnight Mystery Bike Ride
These rides make for such an exciting date night. The meeting location is announced the day of, and then at midnight, you’ll begin on an unknown route and bike to an unknown endpoint. Well, it’s not completely unknown. They guarantee that there will be booze wherever you’re going. How can you go wrong?
Ride the Ferry to Brunch
Get an early start on your date by grabbing a coffee at the Ferry Building Marketplace and then hopping on the San Francisco Ferry to Tiburon for brunch. It’s a creative way to spend the whole day with your date. Plus, who doesn’t like a brunch date?
Here, you and your date will actually forage for your meal, which you’ll then prepare together, from beginning to end. Forage SF offers foraging classes in San Francisco and neighboring Oakland, where guides will show you how to pick your own wild mushrooms, catch seafood, and then cook it up. It’s fun and requires working together. That’s practically the ideal formula for a successful date.
Forage SF, 1473 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA, USA
Find the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Many people don’t know that there is flock of wild parrots that flap their way around Telegraph Hill. No one’s sure how they got there, but you and your date will love trying locate these mysterious and exotic birds.
Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
The Cheese School
Restaurant, Cafe, Bakery, Pastry Shop, Pastries, Tea
Golden Gate Park Archery Range
Sports Center, Park
Golden Gate Park Archery Range
Not only is this a new and active activity for couples to do, it’s also free. If you’re both total newbies, don’t worry. The nearby San Francisco Archery Shop has plenty of equipment to rent, and they even offer short lessons before heading out to the range.
Golden Gate Park Archery Field, 47th Ave & Fulton St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 753 7040
Church of 8 Wheels
Put a new spin on the classic movie date night, and catch a flick at the city’s oldest operating theater, the Roxie. Get ready to munch on popcorn and snuggle up to your date while watching alt-classics, limited release movies, and newly released independent films.
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 863 1087
Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$