With more than 30 unique blends of flavorful, complex, rich, and smooth coffees, any date (assuming that they like coffee) can indulge at this coffee shop from Phil Jaber, who believes that coffee is both personal and sociable. "One of the magic things that happens at Philz is that we bring people together," explains Assitant to the Philz CEO, Lily Kolkema. Philz is home to many first dates, and even a few marriage proposals! For one couple, Philz was the backdrop to their first date and engagement. "Now we have a beautiful daughter and one very happy family," explains customer Shakira about marring her now husband Ricardo, "…and it all started over a cup of Philz."
Amelie is a great spot if you are in the mood for a modern yet intimate wine lounge. With affordable and quality wines, this is the perfect spot to cuddle up to your new love. Their food and wine pairing works for all kinds of dishes, from small plates to light dinner or a decorative dessert. You and your date have options such as French cheeses, homemade jams, and miniature cheese ravioli.
Taking your date to a tea lounge can be both casual and funky. Samovar Tea Lounge’s tea services are very popular, especially the Japanese tea service with Ryokucha green tea and the Ayurvedic tea service with masala chai. If you choose to go to the Yerba Buena Gardens location, you’ll find yourself surrounded by large bright windows overlooking the garden. Samovar also has a delicious food menu. "A couple could share some handmade tea cookies and a bowl of our rose-infused Greek yogurt," suggests marketing consultant Tiffany Picard. "We also have a new flight of rare pu-erh teas, which has been a big hit with couples."
You might be surprised to find a modern and revamped watering hole with delicious artisanal cocktails and bar plates off the city's infamous Broadway strip. "The dark candlelit dining room, jukebox full of smooth tunes, and delicious cocktails make 15 Romolo perfect for a first or 15th date," explains bar manager Jill Weiner.
This farmers' market, open Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays, is renowned throughout the country as one of the top farmers' markets to visit. Liz Hunt, director of marketing and public relations for the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, says, "The Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market is such an ideal place to come on a date. From enjoying a meal from one of our many food artisans or restaurants, sitting at tables looking out at the Bay Bridge, shopping for a picnic (or maybe even a romantic dinner), to coming to one of our free cooking classes, the options are endless."
Every Thursday night, the California Academy of Sciences opens its doors to the 21-and-over crowd, so bring your date to enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails. Every week features a live band or DJ and a unique theme, from salsa dancing to a pie tasting night. "There’s no place else where you can star-gaze, bask in the glow of a moonlit coral reef, and travel from Africa to the Amazon in one night," says NightLife program manager Meg Napoli. "What better way to strike up conversation with your date?"
For the wine lovers, California Wine Merchant offers an average of 35 to 50 wines by the glass. You and your date can even create your own wine tasting, depending on your interests. The staff here is knowledgeable about every wine and can direct you and your date in the right direction if you’re not a wine expert. If you get hungry, snack on a cheese plate that includes Vincent Cheese, Acme Ciabatta bread, olives, and pistachios. And if your sweetie has a sweet tooth, they also offer chocolate truffles!
For a fun date night with a cool vibe (without feeling too pretentious), Rye is your spot. Cuddle up on the patio or check out your date's pool skills while sipping on hand-crafted artisan cocktails. Order your date one of their basil gimlets and they will surely be impressed.
We had to add a 1920s Prohibition speak-easy to the mix! At Bourbon & Branch, you and your date can experience a glimpse back in time. For example they don’t allow cellphones, photos, or standing at the bar. You need a password to get in, so be sure to make a reservation on their website before you go!