18 Unusual Date Ideas to Try in San Francisco

upper noe/glen park, san francisco | © mk30/Flickr
upper noe/glen park, san francisco | © mk30/Flickr
Photo of Deanna Morgado
4 November 2017

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.


Wine Bar, Bar, Wine Seller, American, $$$
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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.

Lucasfilm Headquarters

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.

Urban Hiking

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?

Brunch | ©Erica Firment/Flickr

Forage SF

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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.

The Cheese School

Restaurant, Cafe, Bakery, Pastry Shop, Pastries, Tea
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Learn how to whip up yummy cheeses with your date at a cheese school in the Mission. There are plenty of classes to choose from, including courses on pairing cheese with beer or wine. The Cheese School creates an interesting, hands-on experience for just the two of you.

Golden Gate Park Archery Range

Sports Center, Park
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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.

Roxie Theater

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Roxie Theater
Roxie Theater | © Kathy Drasky/Flickr
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.

Urban Putt

Bar, Restaurant, American
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Test your putt-putt skills in a more adult setting at Urban Putt. Play until midnight or 1 a.m. on some nights. For competitive couples, up the ante by betting that the loser has to buy the first round at Urban Putt’s bar!

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