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Wednesdays: 10 Fun Things to Do in SF

Midweek fun is everywhere in SF with Whiskey Wednesdays, board game nights, cheap comedy, food trucks and more.
By - posted 9/12/2011

Whether you want to go to get drinks or play life-sized board games on a Wednesday night, Funcheap will help you find something to liven up your mundane midweek nights.

Funcheap’s Guide to Wednesdays
Ten+  free and cheap things to do each Wednesday in San Francisco.

Got a great tip for something fun and cheap to do each Wednesday? Leave us a comment below! We’ll pick the best tips to add to our list.

– Also see our Guide to Mondays & Guide to Tuesdays

Happy Hours

Whiskey Wednesday
Every Wednesday
Wash down one of Bender’s whiskey burgers with their all-night long $5 PBR and shot deal, which is guaranteed to have you wishing it wasn’t a work night.

Bender’s Bar & Grill (806 S. Van Ness Ave., SF) | 4p-2a | $5

Board Games & Cheap Drinks
Every Wednesday
Play everything from Scattergories to Super Mario Kart at Homefrys’ free weekly game night at The Republic. Indulge in the happy hour deals till 8 p.m., while playing dozens of board games like Taboo, Apples to Apples, giant 4-foot-tall Jenga or video games on their Super Nintendo system.

The Republic (3213 Scott St., SF) | 7-11p | FREE

111 Minna Gallery
Every First Wednesday
Enjoy some art and Absolut at 111 Minna Gallery’s no-cover happy hour every first Wednesday of the month where draft beers are $3, well liquors are $5 and glasses of wine are $6.

111 Minna Gallery (111 Minna St., SF) | 8p-1a | FREE

$2 Cocktails
Every Wednesday
It’s all about DJs, dancing and drink specials at The Cellar, where there’s no cover, $2 mixed cocktails and the latest Top 40 hits and hip-hop remixes from DJ Afro Samarai all night long.

The Cellar (685 Sutter St., SF) | 5p-2a | $2

Pub Quizzes

Drag Queen Trivia Night
Every Wednesday
It’s a night of brain-teasers, $3 brews and $4 bites at trivia night with BeBe Sweetbriar and prizes, every Wednesday night at Harvey’s in the Castro.

Harvey’s (500 Castro St., SF) | 8p | FREE

Danny Coyle’s
Every Wednesday
Join DJ Coleo for a weekly pub quiz at Danny Coyle’s in the Lower Haight that will test your knowledge on everything from current events to movie characters.

Danny Coyle’s (668 Haight St., SF) | 8p | FREE

Dubliner Pub West Portal
Every Wednesday
Duke it out against a bunch of other teams at this very popular pub quiz at the packed Dubliner in West Portal, and see who wins this trivia showdown hosted by Brainstormer Mark Baker.

The Dubliner (328 West Portal Ave., SF) | 8p | FREE

Swank Cocktail Club
Every Wednesday
Order something classy from the upscale cocktail collection while you answer at Swank’s Wednesday trivia night, and take advantage of this cozy Pacific Heights club.

Swank Cocktail Club (488 Presidio Ave., SF) | 7:30p | FREE

Bus Stop
Every Wednesday
Win free drinks at this weekly pub quiz at this Union Street sports bar with great drink specials and down-to-earth crowd.

Bus Stop (1901 Union St., SF) | 8p | FREE

Napper Tandy
Every Wednesday
Fire up for a weekly pub quiz at the Napper Tandy, and have a Fat Tire or some garlic fries as you field questions at this Irish pub in the Mission known for its fish & chips.

Napper Tandy (3200 24th St., SF) | 8p | FREE

Lost Weekend Lounge Pub Quiz
Every Wednesday
Lick the competition at the Lost Weekend Lounge’s weekly quiz night, and enjoy a pint or the fish & chips while you answer questions at this punky Alameda pub.

Lost Weekend Lounge (2320 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda) | 8:30p | FREE

Live Music

Variety Happy Hour
Every Wednesday
The Madrone Art Bar has their variety night every Wednesday, with a rotating line-up of musicians who can play just one gig or for an entire month. But be assured that the no-cover charge along with their happy hour pricing until 8 p.m. is consistent, and includes $1 off Drafts, $2 PBR, $4 well drinks and $5 mojitos.

Madrone Art Bar (500 Divisadero St., SF) | 4p-2a | FREE

Comedy Shows

The Business: A Comedy
Every Wednesday
Check out this long-running stand-up favorite featuring Alex Koll, Sean Keane, Chris Garcia and Bucky Sinister, along with the occasional guest. So use a special 2 for 1 coupon to get in for $2.50 instead of the normal $5, and see this alternative showcase that has a little bit of everything from poetry to sketch performances.

Dark Room Theater (2263 Mission St., SF) | 8p | $2.50*
*Get your 2 for 1 coupon here

Cheap Eats

Off the Grid Food Truck Party: SoMa
Every Wednesday
Longing for a more exciting lunch? Then take advantage of Off the Grid’s Food Truck Party from 11:30a to 2:30p in SoMa, which features a rotating brigade of six food trucks, offering up anything from Chinese steamed buns to crème brulee.

5th St. & Minna St., SF | 11:30a-2:30p | FREE*
*Food & drinks available for purchase.

Castro Farmers’ Market
Every Wednesday
Start your night on Noe Street rain-or-shine at the Castro Farmers’ Market, and shop for fresh produce all while meeting the farmers growing your food.

Castro Farmers’ Market (Noe St. & Market St., SF) | 4-8p | FREE*
*Food available for purchase.

Walking Tours

SF City Guides Free Walking Tours
Every Wednesday
Whether you’re taking a stroll around gardens or giant high-rises, the free SF City Guide tours are a lovely way to explore scenic San Francisco sites. Schedules change depending on the season, so check out the full listing of 14 free Wednesday guided tours, and get a little exercise while learning the some history.

SF City Guides | 9:30a-2p | FREE

Free Monthly Museum Days: Wednesday

SF Zoo Free Admission Day
Every First Wednesday
Visit over 250 different animal species at Northern California’s largest zoological park and conservation center, and see everything from tigers to tarantulas for on the first Wednesday of every month.

SF Zoo (1 Zoo Rd., SF) | 10a-5p | FREE*
*Free admission for SF residents with a valid ID.

Exploratorium Free Admission Day
Every First Wednesday
Check out the Exploratorium for free and spend a day in this child-friendly museum for the curious composed of hundreds of science, art and human perception exhibits.

Exploratorium (3601Lyon St., SF) | 10a-5p | FREE

Bay Area Discovery Museum Free Admission Day
Every First Wednesday
Get free admission to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge with an emphasis on creativity through play, hands-on art, exhibits, performances, special events, cultural festivals and more.

Bay Area Discovery Museum (557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito) | 9a-4p | FREE

GLBT Museum Free Admission Day
Every First Wednesday
One of only two LGBT museums in the world, this museum charts 100 years of the city’s queer past through unique exhibitions and programming, and you can see it all for free.

GLBT History Museum (4127 18th St., SF) | 11a-7p | FREE


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