The perfect venue is an essential component to any successful date.But here's the thing: A great first date spot is going to look quite different from an anniversary spot — or even a second date spot, for that matter.Plus, is it really the worst thing in the world if you start to remind her of Ryan Gosling? Come during the week when the wait list for the two first-come, first-served lanes is generally shorter.Here's a tip: Rent the pedal boats instead of the rowboats so your hands are free for sipping beer. And enjoy drinks or food on the patio while you wait.Thus, we offer this ultimate guide to date spots in San Francisco.The guide is organized by neighborhood, spanning San Francisco and the East Bay.A convenient dinner/drink date near a Muni or BART station (for a quick escape) is, sometimes, just the ticket.But if you’re gonna summer swipe your way through San Francisco eligibles you might as well experience all SF has to offer in the process.
Those all make for good date spots too, for the adventurous especially.Read through this guide for a full listing of every best restaurant and bar in the city for dating, or click each category type below for separate maps of those restaurants and bars across the Bay Area.First date, drinks: A first date bar should have good drinks, a buzzy vibe (full, but not crowded), and the ability to order some food if things are going well.A bike ride along an undisclosed route to a mystery location that ends in an after-hours party? Recent meet-up locations have started at perfect date-night bars too, such as Trad’r Sams and The Tunnel Top. Take a page out of a Nicholas Sparks novel with a picturesque paddle on Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake. SF offers several awesome urban date hikes, but a walk that ends at Sutro Baths is especially dreamy. Classic courtship gets the trendy, hipster treatment at Mission Bowl.Sure, the waterfall on the center island, sweeping city views, ducks, and storybook wooden bridges could tip this date into cheesy territory, but that’s nothing a few tall boys in paper bags can’t temper. It’s basically a typical Mission bar -- complete with decent food, craft cocktails, and people in flannel -- only there are bowling lanes, too.