SF’s Best Cheap Dates
Strapped for cash but still want to make that date one to remember?
Rid yourself of those dating doubts – San Francisco has plenty to offer that special someone. Take a gander at these penny-saving plans and let the sparks fly!
FuncheapSF’s Top 6: Cheap Date Ideas
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San Francisco History and a Free Flight
Whoever said smart is sexy, must have taken one of Anchor Brewing’s free tours. Occurring twice a day (with a highly competitive reservation), Anchor will guide you through the brewery while offering interesting tidbits of San Francisco history, brewing traditions, and fun facts.
Come the end of the tour, you’ll get to experience the brewery’s bounty with a free flight of selected Anchor beers. Tours and tastings usually last about an hour and a half, leaving you plenty of time for slighty tipsy hand-holding urban exploration with your date around Potrero Hill afterwards.
Bikes and Brews
If you and your lover are partial to the outdoors, you may prefer a leisurely bike ride to the beach. On sunny days, wind your way through Golden Gate Park along JFK Drive to take in all the classic sights (Hippie Hill, The Conservatory of Flowers, Bison, and more).
At the end of your route, make your way across the Great Highway to the coast for a beautiful (but windy)Pacific sunset. As the Bay breeze blows in, you can first use it as an excuse to share body warmth. but when the wind howls it’s best to let Beach Chalet take over and give you shelter with a 3-6-9 Happy Hour on weekdays from 3pm till 6pm and again from 9pm till close. Chow down on discounted apps starting at $3 and wash it all down with $3.50 Home-Brewed Drafts.
Go Off the Grid
Who says date night dinner has to break the bank? Take things al fresco (keep your clothes on… that only means that it’s outdoors) at one of the Bay Area’s weekly Off The Grid food truck markets that operate just about every day of the week in a different location. Offering a wide selection of grub to please any foodie, most eats top off at a mere $10.
Serve things up family-style to indulge in all the market has to offer. Brown bag a bottle of wine (just be sly about it), kick back to live music, and spread out a blanket for a premiere picnic.
Get Out of the City: Bike Ride to Sausalito
If you’re itching to get out of the city for the day and don’t want to shell out the cash for a rental car, Sausalito may do the trick to get any date’s knees to feel weak (if not from love, then from the bike ride to get there). The quaint waterfront town just across the Bay, Sausalito offers picturesque views and small-town charm.
Hike or bike your way up Arguello and through the Presidio for stunning scenic stops and forests that will make you forget you’re still in the city. From there, exit onto the Golden Gate Bridge for a classic San Francisco experience that will drop you off in Sausalito. Take the ferry back to cap off a perfect day.
Like When We Were Kids: Picnic and Playground
Often talked about but less experienced are the Castro slides (the Seward Street Slides, officially). Constructed with concrete and maneuvered by plopping your booty on a piece of cardboard, these winding slides will loosen up any stiff date. Add a some sand to the slide for extra speed.
Located within the Corwin Community Garden, wander along the garden path afterward and stake out a spot for a perfect picnic. Just think twice before using any old McDonald’s trays you see laying around for your food… a number of bottoms have probably sat on that tray having been sat on during a slide.