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The Best Unexpected Date Ideas in San Francisco
The Best Unexpected Date Ideas in San Francisco

The Best Unexpected Date Ideas in San Francisco

Say no to boring dates and explore a new side of San Francisco with someone special. 🌉✨


Published January 18, 2023

Take a city bursting with eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. Mix in some of the world’s top-rated restaurants and bars, stimulating activity venues, and breathtaking views, and what do you have?

An incredible range of romantic, unique, and fun things to do with a hot date. There's no excuse to get stuck in an endless cycle of Netflix and chill in a city as vibrant as SF! Whether you're looking to impress a budding SO, want to delight a new dating app match, or are treating a long-term love, we’ve got you covered with non-boring, unexpected date ideas to help you keep date night exciting.

 

16 Unique Date Ideas in San Francisco

Create a Masterpiece at Public Glass

Create a Masterpiece at Public Glass

Unleash your inner creativity at Public Glass. This center for glass and art education offers five different glass-making classes. You and your date can turn up the heat with flameworking or glass-blowing lessons. On the opposite end of the temperature spectrum, you can try your hand at cold working. No matter what you choose, this spot will help get your artistic side thriving.  

Where: 1750 Armstrong Avenue
For more information on Public Glass.

Unleash your inner creativity at Public Glass. This center for glass and art education offers five different glass-making classes. You and your date can turn up the heat with flameworking or glass-blowing lessons. On the opposite end of the temperature spectrum, you can try your hand at cold working. No matter what you choose, this spot will help get your artistic side thriving.  

Where: 1750 Armstrong Avenue
For more information on Public Glass.

Create a Custom Jewelry Piece at the Pearl Factory

Create a Custom Jewelry Piece at the Pearl Factory

Gifting jewelry is great, but taking your date to create their own piece of jewelry? That’s a whole other level. Pier 39 Pearl Factory lets you choose out a seemingly ordinary oyster shell and watch as it transforms into a beautiful pearl ring, necklace, earrings, or bracelet. Perfect to commemorate special occasions, this date spot combines a unique and memorable activity with a gift you can keep for years to come. That’s what we call a win-win.

Where: Pier 39
For more information on Pier 39 Pearl Factory.

Gifting jewelry is great, but taking your date to create their own piece of jewelry? That’s a whole other level. Pier 39 Pearl Factory lets you choose out a seemingly ordinary oyster shell and watch as it transforms into a beautiful pearl ring, necklace, earrings, or bracelet. Perfect to commemorate special occasions, this date spot combines a unique and memorable activity with a gift you can keep for years to come. That’s what we call a win-win.

Where: Pier 39
For more information on Pier 39 Pearl Factory.

Laugh the Night Away at a Comedy Show

Laugh the Night Away at a Comedy Show

Nothing encourages connection like laughter. Shake things up and get ready to laugh the night away together at an Underground Comedy show. Intimate and underground, the show is hosted at the world-famous Palace Theater (home of the renowned immersive show, The Speakeasy) and showcases comedians featured in The New Yorker, on Comedy Central, SNL, Netflix, and HBO.

Where: The Palace Theater: 644 Broadway
For more information on Live Comedy Shows.

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Live Comedy Shows

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Nothing encourages connection like laughter. Shake things up and get ready to laugh the night away together at an Underground Comedy show. Intimate and underground, the show is hosted at the world-famous Palace Theater (home of the renowned immersive show, The Speakeasy) and showcases comedians featured in The New Yorker, on Comedy Central, SNL, Netflix, and HBO.

Where: The Palace Theater: 644 Broadway
For more information on Live Comedy Shows.

Try Your Hand at Axe Throwing

Try Your Hand at Axe Throwing

Tap into your wild and adventurous side and try your hand at axe throwing. Rooted in ancient warfare and trailblazing, this surprisingly fun and exhilarating experience makes for a very memorable date night. AxeVentures Berkely has trained coaches and instructors to help you get the hang of it, and perfect your aim. A little flirtatious competition is never a bad thing.

Where: 2566 Telegraph Ave. Suite D, Berkeley, CA
For more information on axe throwing.

Tap into your wild and adventurous side and try your hand at axe throwing. Rooted in ancient warfare and trailblazing, this surprisingly fun and exhilarating experience makes for a very memorable date night. AxeVentures Berkely has trained coaches and instructors to help you get the hang of it, and perfect your aim. A little flirtatious competition is never a bad thing.

Where: 2566 Telegraph Ave. Suite D, Berkeley, CA
For more information on axe throwing.

Take a Cooking Class Together

Take a Cooking Class Together

Instead of eating out or ordering in, try something new together and sign up for a hands-on sushi-making class. Learn how to make perfect sushi rice, choose fresh ingredients, and master the art of the roll. You can also choose from a variety of beverages, so you’ll get to enjoy your handmade Tuna, Salmon, and California Rolls while sipping wine, sake, or beer.

Where: Hotel Majestic 1500 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 
For more information on Sushi Making Classes.

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Sushi Making Classes in SF

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Instead of eating out or ordering in, try something new together and sign up for a hands-on sushi-making class. Learn how to make perfect sushi rice, choose fresh ingredients, and master the art of the roll. You can also choose from a variety of beverages, so you’ll get to enjoy your handmade Tuna, Salmon, and California Rolls while sipping wine, sake, or beer.

Where: Hotel Majestic 1500 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 
For more information on Sushi Making Classes.

Set Sail Under the Golden Gate Bridge

Set Sail Under the Golden Gate Bridge

Sail away with your lover on this one-of-a-kind, romantic outing. Experience San Francisco by water, with unmatched views of the iconic skyline, Alcatraz Island, and a ride under the Golden Gate Bridge. Fingers crossed you’ll get a glimpse at some marine life like sea lions and dolphins!

Where: Pier 39
For more information on Sailing Adventures.

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Sailing Adventures

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Sail away with your lover on this one-of-a-kind, romantic outing. Experience San Francisco by water, with unmatched views of the iconic skyline, Alcatraz Island, and a ride under the Golden Gate Bridge. Fingers crossed you’ll get a glimpse at some marine life like sea lions and dolphins!

Where: Pier 39
For more information on Sailing Adventures.

Go Rock Climbing at Dogpatch

Go Rock Climbing at Dogpatch

If you’re trying to work up a sweat with your sweetie, look no further than Dogpatch. Get active at this rock climbing hotspot, which stretches over 20,000 square feet of climbing terrain. Go for an open gym format or look into the specialized classes Dogpatch offers. This date is going to leave you and your date breathless. 

Where: 2573 3rd St
For more information on Dogpatch.

If you’re trying to work up a sweat with your sweetie, look no further than Dogpatch. Get active at this rock climbing hotspot, which stretches over 20,000 square feet of climbing terrain. Go for an open gym format or look into the specialized classes Dogpatch offers. This date is going to leave you and your date breathless. 

Where: 2573 3rd St
For more information on Dogpatch.

Skate hand-in-hand at the Church of 8 Wheels

Skate hand-in-hand at the Church of 8 Wheels

This is a fun one—San Francisco’s ultimate roller disco is one you can’t miss. Lit up in neon in Golden Gate Park, the rink makes the perfect setting to get silly and bust some moves with your date. Get groovy in the daytime with people of all ages, or wait until the sun goes down for an adults-only atmosphere. This unique spot is sure to leave a lasting impression on your partner. 

Where: 554 Fillmore St
For more information on Church of 8 Wheels.

This is a fun one—San Francisco’s ultimate roller disco is one you can’t miss. Lit up in neon in Golden Gate Park, the rink makes the perfect setting to get silly and bust some moves with your date. Get groovy in the daytime with people of all ages, or wait until the sun goes down for an adults-only atmosphere. This unique spot is sure to leave a lasting impression on your partner. 

Where: 554 Fillmore St
For more information on Church of 8 Wheels.

Check out NightLife at the Academy of Sciences

Check out NightLife at the Academy of Sciences

Meet your partner’s inner child at this date spot with an elevated twist. Every Thursday evening, this enchanting museum dims the lights for those 21+. Explore the exhibition's depths—including over 40,000 live animals—and round out your evening dining under the stars.  

Where: 55 Music Concourse Drive
For more information on NightLife at the Academy of Sciences.

Meet your partner’s inner child at this date spot with an elevated twist. Every Thursday evening, this enchanting museum dims the lights for those 21+. Explore the exhibition's depths—including over 40,000 live animals—and round out your evening dining under the stars.  

Where: 55 Music Concourse Drive
For more information on NightLife at the Academy of Sciences.

See a performance at The Fillmore

See a performance at The Fillmore

The Fillmore’s beauty will romanticize any band or performance you and your sweetie want to see. Step into the main stage area to enjoy the show under a mystic purple aura adorned with colorful crystal chandeliers across the ceiling. Need a break? The upstairs auditorium hosts a quieter bar area and walls filled floor-to-ceiling with album posters to marvel at. 

Where: 1805 Geary Blvd
For more information on The Fillmore.

The Fillmore’s beauty will romanticize any band or performance you and your sweetie want to see. Step into the main stage area to enjoy the show under a mystic purple aura adorned with colorful crystal chandeliers across the ceiling. Need a break? The upstairs auditorium hosts a quieter bar area and walls filled floor-to-ceiling with album posters to marvel at. 

Where: 1805 Geary Blvd
For more information on The Fillmore.

Catch a Film (and feelings) at Foreign Cinema

Catch a Film (and feelings) at Foreign Cinema

Foreign Cinema puts a modern twist on dinner and a movie. Right at home in the hipster Mission District, this restaurant projects classic films on an outdoor screen while patrons enjoy dinner. Step out to the rosily lit patio, adorned with romantic string lights and candle-lit tabletops, to enjoy the specially crafted dishes as much as the ambiance. 

Where: 2534 Mission St 
For more information on Foreign Cinema.

Foreign Cinema puts a modern twist on dinner and a movie. Right at home in the hipster Mission District, this restaurant projects classic films on an outdoor screen while patrons enjoy dinner. Step out to the rosily lit patio, adorned with romantic string lights and candle-lit tabletops, to enjoy the specially crafted dishes as much as the ambiance. 

Where: 2534 Mission St 
For more information on Foreign Cinema.

Reserve a table at Alchemist Bar & Lounge

Reserve a table at Alchemist Bar & Lounge

Top-notch craft, steampunk decor, and whimsey converge in SoMa to bless us with the Alchemist. You can lead your date by the hand to this secretive second-floor location and enjoy hand-crafted cocktails utilizing “medicinal” tinctures and house-made infusions. If you tire of lounging in the richly dark leather couches (doubtful), you can try your hand at shuffle-puck or watch the projected silent films on the back wall. 

Where: 679 3rd St
For more information on Alchemist Bar & Lounge.

Top-notch craft, steampunk decor, and whimsey converge in SoMa to bless us with the Alchemist. You can lead your date by the hand to this secretive second-floor location and enjoy hand-crafted cocktails utilizing “medicinal” tinctures and house-made infusions. If you tire of lounging in the richly dark leather couches (doubtful), you can try your hand at shuffle-puck or watch the projected silent films on the back wall. 

Where: 679 3rd St
For more information on Alchemist Bar & Lounge.

Bowl a strike at Mission Bowling Club

Bowl a strike at Mission Bowling Club

A self-described “boutique bowling alley,” Mission Bowling Club is an artfully designed and award-winning restaurant and bar with six retro lanes for you and your date to enjoy. Dinner could be an upscale comfort meal like their mouthwatering Mission Burger or a fun snack like corn dog bites. For a more intimate atmosphere, visit after 6 pm, when the alley is only open to those 21 and over every day but Sunday. 

Where: 3176 17th St
For more information on Mission Bowling Club.

A self-described “boutique bowling alley,” Mission Bowling Club is an artfully designed and award-winning restaurant and bar with six retro lanes for you and your date to enjoy. Dinner could be an upscale comfort meal like their mouthwatering Mission Burger or a fun snack like corn dog bites. For a more intimate atmosphere, visit after 6 pm, when the alley is only open to those 21 and over every day but Sunday. 

Where: 3176 17th St
For more information on Mission Bowling Club.

Enjoy a decadent evening at Dandelion Chocolate

Enjoy a decadent evening at Dandelion Chocolate

There is a science-backed link between eating chocolate and feeling love, and this doesn’t come in handy for gift boxes on Valentine’s Day. Modeled after the tea rooms of Paris, the 16th Street small-batch chocolate factory turns cocoa eating into a romantic outing. Watch the organic bean-to-bar process while savoring a hot chocolate or other decadent treats. On your way out, pick up a curated gift box for at-home snacking. Can’t get enough? You and your date can try your hand at truffle making with one of Dandelion Chocolate’s online experiences. 

Where: 2600 16th St
For more information on Dandelion Chocolate.

There is a science-backed link between eating chocolate and feeling love, and this doesn’t come in handy for gift boxes on Valentine’s Day. Modeled after the tea rooms of Paris, the 16th Street small-batch chocolate factory turns cocoa eating into a romantic outing. Watch the organic bean-to-bar process while savoring a hot chocolate or other decadent treats. On your way out, pick up a curated gift box for at-home snacking. Can’t get enough? You and your date can try your hand at truffle making with one of Dandelion Chocolate’s online experiences. 

Where: 2600 16th St
For more information on Dandelion Chocolate.

Play a few rounds at Urban Putt Miniature Golf Course

Play a few rounds at Urban Putt Miniature Golf Course

Urban Putt elevates a nostalgic staple date inside this electric Mission District location. Play a round or two at this entirely indoor mini-golf course with glowing black-light walls and hand-designed, high-tech infrastructure at each of the 14 holes. Start at the cocktail bar to grab drinks for the course, then enjoy your night of neon putting. 

Where: 1096 S Van Ness Ave
For more information on Urban Putt Miniature Golf Course.

Urban Putt elevates a nostalgic staple date inside this electric Mission District location. Play a round or two at this entirely indoor mini-golf course with glowing black-light walls and hand-designed, high-tech infrastructure at each of the 14 holes. Start at the cocktail bar to grab drinks for the course, then enjoy your night of neon putting. 

Where: 1096 S Van Ness Ave
For more information on Urban Putt Miniature Golf Course.

Take a Scenic Hike Together

Take a Scenic Hike Together

According to most dating apps, everyone and their dog loves hiking, so put those profiles to the test and get outdoors at one of SF's scenic hiking trails. Start at Corona Heights Park, which provides tennis courts and BBQ pits (bring cold drinks and snacks to enjoy!). From there, take one of several half-mile routes that summit on a red, rocky crown overlooking the city. You’ll be paralleled by a stunning display of wildflowers as you climb and rewarded with a 360-degree view.

Other hikes to check out include Lovers' Lane in the Presidio—the name says it all—and Mount Sutro, a hidden gem in the heart of San Francisco, where you can follow narrow winding trails through the dense forest filled with century-old trees.

Where: Roosevelt and Museum Way 
For more information on Corona Heights Trails.

 

EXPLORE MORE:
The Most Romantic Date Ideas For Valentine's Day in San Francisco
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According to most dating apps, everyone and their dog loves hiking, so put those profiles to the test and get outdoors at one of SF's scenic hiking trails. Start at Corona Heights Park, which provides tennis courts and BBQ pits (bring cold drinks and snacks to enjoy!). From there, take one of several half-mile routes that summit on a red, rocky crown overlooking the city. You’ll be paralleled by a stunning display of wildflowers as you climb and rewarded with a 360-degree view.

Other hikes to check out include Lovers' Lane in the Presidio—the name says it all—and Mount Sutro, a hidden gem in the heart of San Francisco, where you can follow narrow winding trails through the dense forest filled with century-old trees.

Where: Roosevelt and Museum Way 
For more information on Corona Heights Trails.

 

EXPLORE MORE:
The Most Romantic Date Ideas For Valentine's Day in San Francisco
San Francisco's Best Hidden Speakeasies
The Best Restaurants for Group Dinners in San Francisco

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