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Great Quirky-Themed Venues In San Francisco

Great Quirky-Themed Venues In San Francisco

San Francisco is home to some of the most unusual people, and with them, come some weirdly themed venues to match. From dining in the dark to playing mini-golf indoors, San Francisco has it all. Although typically on the pricey side, these venues offer unique experiences and fond memories.


Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$$$

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

Serving Asian cuisine, the Tonga Room is a tiki-themed bar and restaurant located in the Fairmont Hotel. Built in 1929, there is a pool stretching 75 feet in the center with a live band floating in the middle on a small island. Periodically, a light waterfall will surround the band. There are also tiki-themed drinks and a dance floor at the end of the water. The Tonga Room is a great place to meet up with friends for a drink and some dancing.

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, 950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 772 5278

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Sun:
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Sat - Sun:
5:00 pm - 12:30 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual

Opaque
Tea Room, American$$

Opaque

Want to eat dinner without seeing the food or the person across the table? Then Opaque is the place to go. Opaque provides an experience of a blind person. With excellent service, the waiters, which are blind or visually impaired, walk the customers through the entire experience from escorting them to their table in complete darkness to describing what they should expect when seated. Customers start by ordering their food in a lit room, but if they’re daring, they order the mystery plate to truly not have a sense of what they are eating.

Opaque, 1500 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 800 710 1270

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Lovejoy’s Tea Room
Tea Room, Tea , $$$$

Lovejoy’s Tea Room

For excellent tea and fanciful décor, look no further than Lovejoy’s Tea Room. Lovejoy offers a royalty tea experience with delicious scones, sandwiches and more. The walls are aligned with teapots, saucers, books, and other various knick-knacks. The wooden furniture is mismatching, and floral tablecloths and sometimes doilies cover the tables.

Lovejoy’s Tea Room, 1351 Church St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 648 5895

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Sun:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Urban Putt
Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$

Urban Putt

Urban Putt is a both a restaurant and an indoor mini-golf course. On one side, customers can enjoy a meal and some drinks, and on the other, they can play a 14-hole round of mini-golf, the mini-golf holes each have a different quirky theme. Don’t be steered away because of the line, as it moves fairly quickly. After eight at night, Urban Putt becomes solely 21-and-up venue and continues serving drinks.

Urban Putt, 1096 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 341 1080

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Sun:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wed:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat:
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat:
11:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly

AsiaSF
Restaurant, Asian, $$$$$
Dancer

Dancer at AsiaSF | Dancer at AsiaSF | © Michele Ursino / Flickr

AsiaSF

AsiaSF looks like a typical restaurant except for the Chinese red runway bar where the servers perform hourly. The Ladies of AsiaSF are waitresses, performers, and transgender. Once the customers are done eating and the performance is over, they can just go downstairs to continue the fun in AsiaSF’s nightclub.

AsiaSF, 201 9th St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 255 2742

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Sun:
7:15 pm - 12:00 am
Wed:
7:15 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
7:15 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
7:15 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Arty, Nightlife

BrainWash
Cafe, American, $$$$
Forbes Island

Forbes Island | © David Merrett/Flickr

BrainWash

BrainWash is a unique venue where customers can both wash their clothes and eat or drink while listening to music or open-mic performers. There is a wash and fold service available and even professional dry cleaning.

BrainWash, 1122 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 861 3663

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Forbes Island
Restaurant, American, $$$$

Forbes Island

Forbes Island is an underwater dining experience. Customers first travel by boat to a man-made island off Pier 39, featuring views of Alcatraz and the only privately built lighthouse in the United States. The restaurant is located on a ship where customers can enjoy a romantic dinner above or below the water while watching fish swim through any of the 56 portholes below deck.

Forbes Island, 39 Piers, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 951 4900

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The Social Study
Bar, Pastries, $$$$
El Mansour

El Mansour | © Amy/Flickr

The Social Study

Originally, this venue was used for a cannabis club, but now The Social Study is a small coffee house by day, serving Four Barrel coffee, and an eccentric bar by night. Old-school books are scattered, and one bright blue leather wall holds fold-out individual seating. At night, The Social Study offers a small selection of wines and beers, projects movies onto the wall, and has a live DJ, on most nights.

The Social Study, 1795 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 292 7417

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon:
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue:
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed:
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat:
1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

El Mansour
Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$$

El Mansour

El Mansour is a Moroccan-themed restaurant in the Outer Richmond, complete with low seating, round mosaic tables, and colorful tapestry. Servers start with bringing the customers a water basin and towel to wash their hands. Then food is served with customers eating with their hands. Meanwhile, the belly dancers perform several numbers and customers are welcomed to join in at the end.

El Mansour, 3119 Clement St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 751 2312

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Sun:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

West of Pecos
Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$$
Rainforest Cafe

Rainforest Café | © Douglas Neiner/Flickr

West of Pecos

West of Pecos is a restaurant and bar with a Southwestern flair accompanied by animal skins on the wall, a long horn skull, their own cocktail menu, and saloon doors. The restaurant serves Tex-Mex cuisine and is open for brunch on the weekends.

West of Pecos, 550 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 252 7000

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Sun:
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
10:30 am - 11:00 pm

Rainforest Café
Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$$

Rainforest Café

Rainforest Café can be spotted in multiple cities. The rainforest-themed restaurant is decorated with salt water aquariums, artificial vegetation, a gift shop, and robotic animals that move with thunderstorm sounds every half hour. The café provides an entertaining atmosphere for children and adults alike.

Rainforest Café, 145 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 440 5610

 

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