12 Fun Things To Do On Your Next Date

Once the ball drops next week, the season will officially come to a close. And, you know what that means — heightened holiday romance might give up shotgun, getting kicked into the backseat as you start prepping for your own killer '14.
It doesn’t matter if you’re in a LTR and looking to zhuzh things up, or are want to impress that holiday-party crush when you get them on the line, here are a dozen of the best, out-of-the-box date ideas to kick up your game. Whether you’re looking to spice things up in the bedroom, give your weekly dinner dates a makeover, or bond over an adventure, get ready to infuse your love life with some serious fun!

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Let’s Get Cookin', Good Lookin'
Whether you’re cooking good grub (or just eating it), food is definitely an aphrodisiac, so getting domestic together with a culinary class at The City Kitchen will bode well for any partnership. Once you take your new kitchen skills home, who knows what will happen. You may just recreate the Lady and The Tramp spaghetti scene. One can hope, right?

The City Kitchen at Cookhouse, 253 Columbus Avenue (between Jack Kerouac Alley and Saroyan Place); 415-912-9802.
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For Early Birds
A sweet embrace surrounded by gorgeous views in the city — what could be more romantic? Get up really early and head out to the farmers market at the Ferry Building. Once you’re done perusing the produce, sit on the Embarcadero, and have your special someone feed you something tasty, before heading over to the new Exploratorium for some fun with science. Yes, this is love.

Ferry Building, The Embarcadero, 1 Ferry Building (at Market Street); 415-983-8030.

Exploratorium, the Embarcadero, Pier 15 (at Green Street); 415-528-4444.
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A Couple That Bikes Together...
Experiencing our beautiful city on two wheels is something worth sharing. If you don't have a bike, rent one, and prepare to ride across the 7x7 together. Make a day of it, stopping for coffee, lunch, treats — and some shopping wouldn't hurt, either. You'll feel very accomplished after being outside all day, exercising your bod, taking in the city and, most of all, spending QT with your crush. Need some biker intel? Check out our guide to the best bike trails, and get to poppin' wheelies like a pro.
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May I Have This Dance?
Taking a dance class as a couple will usually accomplish one of two things. It can be a really fun way to show your new boo your amazing moves or it will be the channel to break down some fears about dancing without downing a few boozy cocktails first. Either way, it’s a great bonding experience. Visit ODC Dance Studio or Mission Dance Center and try some classics like salsa or the tango or, if you feel like getting low, you can always opt for some hip-hop.

The Dance Brigade's Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street (between Mission and Osage streets); 415-826-4441.

ODC School and Rhythm & Motion Dance Program, 351 Shotwell Street (between 17th and 18th streets); 415-863-9830.
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The holidays can be tough for those coupled up, what with the pressure of finding the perfect gift, traveling for the holidays, and partaking in respective family activities. Relieve that relationship stress by booking a spa day for you and your S.O. at Kabuki Springs & Spa, where you can soak in the baths, steam, and sauna together before going your separate ways for a relaxing rubdown.

Kabuki Springs & Spa, 1750 Geary Boulevard (at Webster Street); 415-922-6000.
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Walk On The Wild Side
If there is anything that is going make you the absolute talk of this town, while putting all your friends dinky dates to shame, it’s doing something so out-of-the-box that you literally have to take a boat to get there. Let Great White Adventures take you to see the sharks off the Farallon Islands and experience something amazing together. It’s somewhat pricey, but something you’ll be talking about forever.
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Get Kinky
Even the most physically connected duos need a little spice in their sex lives. Switch things up on your next date night, by having a little fantasy and fetish fun! Lock down a tour at Kink at the Armory and then head to GoodVibes and let your lover pick out something special to bring home to the bedroom. No judgments!

Kink at SF Armory, 1800 Mission Street (between 14th and 15th streets); No phone.

Good Vibrations, 603 Valencia Street (between 17th Street and Clarion Alley); 415-522-5460.
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Mystery Dates By 'Hood
It’s easy to fall into the same old, same old dinner-date situation by constantly visiting the same five local restos. It’s time to change up that stale routine with a creative little game. Write down all the neighborhoods together, from Dogpatch to the The Inner Richmond (click here for our guides to the 'hoods!). Then, one of you picks the destination out of a hat each week and the other is responsible for choosing the restaurant (and activities!), and reservations if necessary.
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Catch A Non-Lame Show
We know, dinner and a show sounds so, well, lame. If you are over going to the movies and feel like comedy clubs are embarrassing (seriously, how many first dates can you pick out in the crowd), check out some live shows you’ll be proud to present to your evening partner in crime. For live laughs, hit up Point Break Live, Killing My Lobster, or a sketch comedy show at SF Sketchfest (running January 2 through February 9).

SF Sketchfest at Eureka Theater, 215 Jackson Street (between Front and Battery streets); 866-468-3399.

Point Break Live at DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street (between Folsom and Harrison streets); 415-626-1409.

Killing My Lobster, check website for upcoming shows.
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Don’t Play Head Games, Play Real Games!
While nobody wants to play games when it comes to their relationship, there is something about playing actual games to add some laughter and joy (and a healthy dose of competition!) into your week. Head over to Pacific Pinball to shoot some balls (there are even local leagues you can join!), channel your inner ten-year-old at Playland Japan, or get lost with your lover at Musée Mécanique down at the wharf.

Pacific Pinball, 1510 Webster Street, Alameda (between Haight and Santa Clara avenues); 510-769-1349.

Playland Japan, 1737 Post Street, Suite 323 (between Webster and Buchanan streets); 510-501-6546.

Musée Mécanique, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 45, Shed A (at Taylor Street); 415-346-2000.
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Go Old-School
Sometimes, you just want to go old-school. On a Friday or Saturday night, leave your phones at home and venture out for a night filled to the brim with old-fashioned romance. Dress up in something classic and sexy, have dinner and cocktails at the S.F. institution, Bix, and listen to love jazz while staring into each others' eyes.

Bix, 56 Gold Street (between Balance and Montgomery streets); 415-433-6300.
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Picnic In The Park
Whip up some sandwiches or pick up some pre-made munchies at the market, bundle up, and head to the park on a sunny day for a picnic as a pair. Make an iTunes mix to listen to on shared earbuds and explore some nature while stealing romantic moments to kiss against the trees.

Stern Grove, 2750 19th Avenue (at Sloat Boulevard); 415-252-6252.

Botanical Gardens, Golden Gate Park (at 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way); 415-661-1316.

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