You’ve done dinner and a movie sooooooo many times, it’s time for something new! Valentine’s Day can be romantic and fun at the same time, and it’s time you tried something different!
Valentine’s Day, while fun to enjoy with the kids, should be about you and your significant other. It’s a great excuse for demanding an evening out alone where you can display affection without being self-conscious about it scarring your children (but I’m sure business owners would prefer you keep it as PG as possible while you’re patrons at their establishments). Bottom line: Valentine’s date ideas should be romantic, fun and not necessarily cost a lot of money. So, to that point, here is what I’ve come up with for Valentine’s date ideas in San Francisco that are different and that require you to get out of the house for a night. Thank me later.
Dining in the Dark
Take dining out to another level — in the dark! Opaque,on 689 McAllister St. (between Franklin St. & Gough St.) has taken a European concept to San Francisco. Enjoy dinner in a pitch black room, and see (no pun intended) whether your senses of smell and taste are heightened. The menu is amazing and the specially trained servers are blind and will guide you through this new experience. Make even more fun and sport your little black dress or trendy dark suit!
Mirror Maze, Pier 39
While Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze is fun for the whole family, you should really try it without kids for your Valentine’s date. It can be a little mind-bending but it’s a lot of fun, especially after a glass of wine in an unlit restaurant! This is especially great if you are directionally challenged.
Nightlife at The California Academy of Sciences
Go dancing at The California Academy of Sciences, where theme-parties take on a scientific twist. Watch the Celestial Attractions or Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet shows at the Planetarium, try a chocolate beer at the beer tasting (Part of San Francisco Beer Week) and dance to some “old classics” at the aquarium.
Stow Lake Boat House
If that all sounds a little too crazy, then why not go on a chill date. If the weather holds out, rent a paddle boat at Stow Lake Boat House in Golden Gate Park and enjoy spending some relaxing time together. They’ll be back open in February after renovations.
The best thing for any relationship is laughter. Check out the Punch Line Valentine show at Punch Line Comedy Club (444 Battery St.) on Feb. 14. Supporting acts include Andy Haynes, Phoebe Robinson, Matt Morales and Joe Tobin. For $20 you may pick up a priceless handful of jokes to reuse.
I find a lot of “real dates” to be cheesy and not as fun as these different Valentine’s date ideas in San Francisco. Be creative and get out there. If you have any suggestions for us and our ChatterBlock community let us know!