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Best Places to go on a Romantic Date in the Bay Area

Be equipped with an impressive (and affordable) date destination for your significant other. Several classic wine and dine destinations in the Bay Area, for example, include a rooftop bar with a nice view of San Francisco, another bar with a view of the romantically lit Bay Bridge, and an exciting speakeasy within a speakeasy bar off the corner of Jones and O’Farrell.

1. Palomino on 345 Spear Street, San Francisco is an ‘Urban Italian’ restaurant that serves happy hour everyday. The fresh, gourmet style, and inventive menu can be paired nicely with cocktails, such as the pomegranate margarita or the basil gimlet. Reservations not needed to find a nice table or bar seating with a beautiful view of the Bay Bridge.

2. Lollinda on 2518 Mission St, San Francisco has a rooftop bar section only accessible through a small door on the side of the downstairs dining section. Both top and bottom sections being dimly lit sets up a classy romantic atmosphere.

3. Even more impressive would be letting a significant other know that you can get into the exclusivity of the Bourbon and Branch bar—where reservations and a password (which can be obtained through their site) are required. Located at the corner of Jones and O’Farrell, this is a bar that not only serves handcrafted cocktails but also has a door that leads to another speakeasy called Wilson. This also leads into another speakeasy within another speakeasy, called the Wilson & Wilson Private Detective Agency—with an L-shaped bar bartenders dressed in black and white. All are 1930’s, classic themed.

4. The California Academy of Sciences: Night Life, on 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, combines the child-like fun of exploring natural habitat exhibits, an interactive dome presentation, and cheesy photo booths, with more adult attractions of available alcoholic drinks and silent discos. For a more adventurous yet romantic day out, here’s a list of several scenic routes with interactive activities.

5. On a nice and sunny day, the Stow Lake Boathouse, on 50 Stow Lake Dr, San Francisco, offers pedal and row boats for an hour long, scenic water route within the heart of Golden Gate Park.

6. Along Fisherman’s Wharf, on Pier 45, San Francisco, is the Musee Mecanique, San Francisco’s antique penny arcade. With free admission everyday, antique, coin operated arcade games can all be played with. Once done making rounds at the games, a nice walk around the pier and fresh seafood restaurant options await outside. Jenna Sanchez

7. The Clarion Alley, between Mission and Valencia, as well as between 17th and 18th streets, contains endless graffiti art murals done by the Clarion Alley Mural Project.

8. Sutro Baths, on 680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, may only be left with the remains of the Sutro Baths structure built in the late 19th century, but couples can still enjoy a view of the Pacific Ocean and adjacent beaches from its high cliffs.

9. Finally, the Orpheum Theater hosts many renowned broadway shows, such as The Lion King, Matilda, and (currently showing) The Book of Mormon. After the evening show, there are also several dining options along Market St. to end the night.

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