San Francisco Date Ideas: The Best Rainy-Day Datesby Jess Lander on May 03, 2013
It’s no San Francisco secret that sunny days are few and far between the fog, gloom, drear and rain. Before you succumb to cabin fever, get off the couch and try these fun (and dry) rainy day dates.
1881 Post St
Japan Town’s Sundance Kabuki Cinemas is the perfect movie date for two reasons: The “no kids allowed” policy, and several full bars. Other selling points include quality films you won’t find elsewhere, cushy seats that easily convert into love seats, and gourmet snacks that completely outmatch the average movie theatre popcorn.
Pier 45, Fisherman’s Warf
Escape the downpour at Musée Mécanique, where you’ll be transported back to a time when people had fun playing real games—not the kind that require keypads. At 25 cents a pop, five dollars goes a long way at this old-fashioned arcade, which houses unique, antique machines that can tell your fortune or test your strength. Plus it has all the classics like pong, Whac-a-Mole and Skee Ball.
1798 McAllister St.
There’s no time like a rainy day to pick up a new hobby that you and your date can both enjoy. Workshop offers a packed schedule of more than 60 DIY classes on a broad range of topics, like how to make and stretch fresh mozzarella cheese, home brewing, pickling, and screen printing.
Mission Bowling Club
3176 17th Street
Set aside stereotypes of tacky, outdated interior, plastic chairs and fluorescent lighting — Mission Bowling transforms knocking down pins into a glamorous endeavor. This boutique alley boasts swanky leather chairs and an extensive drink and food menu, with a host of specialty cocktails and technique-driven comfort foods.
Swap a stay-in-and-watch-movies day for some cultural enlightenment at one of San Francisco’s many museums. The SFMOMA and de Young provide rain-safe havens for art lovers while the California Academy of Science houses a planetarium, aquarium and four-story rainforest under its greenhouse roof. For a stimulating, interactive learning lab, check out the Exploratorium at its brand new Pier 15 location.
444 Battery Street
The best recipe for rainy day blues? Laughter. San Francisco’s thriving comedy scene promises a night of LOLing until your belly aches, and Punchline—the city’s longest-running comedy club—brings critically-acclaimed acts to an intimate, personal setting, with a full bar and dinner menu.
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