01 Jun Top 10 Date Nights in San Francisco
Welcome to our top 10 picks for date night in San Francisco. There are plenty of obvious choices from cable cars to Union Square. But we love these unique, less touristy options that will have your heart pitter-pattering. Here are our Top 10 picks for Date Night in San Francisco. As a bonus, we’ve added some of our favorite discount resources at the bottom. These are not in order of preference.
Channel Your Inner “Ghost” for a Potters Wheel Romance
Clay by the Bay
If mention of the movie “Ghost” evokes visions of a Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze & a potters wheel, you’re not alone. Pottery is a wonderfully creative, and romantic date night. Don’t go to a pre-fab paint and fire place – hit up the authentic Clay by the Bay for a full on slab and wheel date night. No experience needed, simply sign up for their 1 Time Wheel Workshop and get a full 2 hours & 5 pounds of clay – instruction included. Plus they fire your piece for a later pick-up. Well worth the $75. Even better – you can bring in your own beverages & food. Simply awesome!
Davies Hall 2.0
The San Francisco Symphony
Davies hall is considered one of the most elegant nights out in San Francisco. Home to the amazing San Francisco symphony, it is home to operas and dance. However, did you know they also feature some of the biggest blockbusters set to live music? That’s right – imagine Star Wars projected on the big screen, and a full symphony playing the scores love! It is truly an amazing evening. Tickets start at $49.00, and are sure to be a date night to remember. Check their upcoming calendar for performances like: Ratatoullie, Star Wars, Singing in the Rain and The King and I.
Palace of Fine Arts Games Escape Rooms
Voted the top escape rooms in the country, the Palace of Fine Arts Houdini room & Roosevelt room don’t disappoint. Work together solving puzzles & exploring rooms to escape a room in one of San Francisco’s most beautiful landmarks. You can no longer book 2 slots, but need to rent the entire room (which holds 6-14). So gather a group for this 2 hour completely immersive & interactive experience. It’s an excellent date night, and requires a tiny bit of planning. The pay-off is a rock star guaranteed date night. Insider tip > you can BYOB if you’re discreet.
Bourbon & Branch
That’s right – drop in here and step into a real life throwback to 1920! To gain access, you’ll need to observe the house rules that everyone is expected to follow to maintain the “Speakeasy”. The term comes from a patron’s manner of ordering alcohol without raising suspicion – a bartender would tell a patron to be quiet and ‘speak easy’. You can’t gain entry without the secret access code, so do plan ahead & make reservations! Tip: There is NO SIGNAGE on the door – you’ll need to follow those rules if you want to step back in time (and look like a date night super star)
Sing Along in the Castro
The Castro Theater
If you’re looking for maximum entertainment, then a sing-along date night is for you! Just imagine you and hundreds of your new besties belting it out to Grease, West Side Story or the Little Mermaid! Better yet, go in costume! These sing-alongs sell out, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance.
What? Mini-golf in San Francisco – meet Urban Putt. Throw in awesome food and drink, a great Mission location, and an unswerving commitment to fun and you’ve got a formula for something unique and wonderful for your next date night.
House of Air
Get back to your inner kid, and enter House of Air. It’s a massive trampoline park in an airplane hangar – yeah, this is just plain fun. After you’re done jumping, head over to Crissy Field & enjoy a picnic (or some dramamine). And just think – you have a completely legit reason to wear sweatpants on your date night!
Glow in the Dark Bowling
Dig up your neon shirts, parachute pants and wigs. You’ll want them handy when you come rock out under our blacklight glow in the dark experience. 100” video screens, great music and tons of fun. Their new lanes even glow in the dark.
Off the Grid
Off the Grid
If a food truck rally doesn’t make your heart sing, you’ve never been to an Off the Grid event. This is practically a free date night. Nearly 30 food vendors in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market. Off the Grid is a weekly outdoor food truck bonanza staged every Friday from 5-10 pm at the historic waterfront campus of Fort Mason Center, and various other locations. Check their website for the current list of pop-ups.
Glass Blowing & Beer – oh YES PLEASE!
You know each other well enough that you want to grow together by learning a new skill, but you still want it to involve drinking. For $35 you can select your own hand-blown glass created by the artists at Public. While you’re there you can drink your fill of beer or wine and then take your glass home when the evening is over. Like what you see? Sign up for a class with a 10% discount & continue the fun! Keep in mind this is on the SF fringe of Hunter’s Point in a working art studio – so leave the heels & fancy purse at home.
Discount Tickets on Goldstar Events
Sometimes you’re more than happy to roll the dice & see what pops up. We LOVE Goldstar for this reason. There are so many last minute tickets for shows and events, why pay full price? It’s free to sign-up, and will become your “go-to” for what to do on date night. There are loads of items that are insider & local – cruise it regularly, sometimes there are even complimentary tickets!
There is something here for every budget and every personality. Do you have a date night favorite spot or activity in San Francisco? Let us know – we’d love to add it to the list!