Ever wish you could go back in time, to a world of simpler times filled with good music and ridiculous fashion? We have good news and bad news. The good news is that San Francisco is home to a vast number of activities and drinking holes that will allow you to time travel to the era of your choosing. The bad news is that Back to the Future 2 was wrong about flying cars being a thing in 2015. C’est la vie! Here are some fun things to do while we continue waiting out the advent of the flying car.
Monday: Sing your heart out at Beatles Karaoke
This epic throwback activity combines three great things: The Beatles, Karaoke, and the drink of your choice. Whether you’re just trying to hold hands, or step right up for the magical mystery tour, this karaoke night is for you.
Channel your inner beat poet and spend and evening in North Beach hanging in the haunts of the greats. Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg were regulars at the City Lights Bookstore and it’s neighboring bar, Vesuvio.
Wednesday: Catch the Rocky Horror Picture Show film at the Clay Theatre
Do you remember the last time you did the timewarp? It’s probably been far too long, but fear not! The Clay Theatre in Pac Heights is a great spot to watch the old classic (in costume, of course!) They also play a number of other old favorites, including a monthly screening of The Room.
Thursday: Roller Disco at the Church of 8 Wheels
Find out if you have what it takes to dance and stay upright while on roller blades at the Church of 8 Wheels! The venue is the 117-year-old formerly abandoned Sacred Heart Church, which was given a second chance at life in 2013, as a roller skating rink. Entry is $10 with $5 skate rentals, and the last time we checked it was also BYOB.
Friday: Drink a martini at Top of the Mark
Class up your Friday night with some old school martinis and a view of the city lights that will take your breath away. Top of the Mark, which is located on the 19th floor of the Mark Hopkins hotel, has been serving up over 100 variations of the martini since it opened in 1939. If you’re lucky you’ll also catch some live jazz.
Saturday: Catch a show at the Fillmore Theater
Experience a piece of San Francisco history at the Fillmore Theater, which has been hosting concerts since the 1960s. Bill Graham brought in acts such as The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and Pink Floyd- among many, many others. The venue is well known for it’s traditions of giving out free concert posters at the end of shows, and having a large tub of free apples in the main hall.
Sunday: Lindy in the Park
Are you a swing dance expert? How about a newbie with two left feet? No matter which category you fall into, you’ll be welcome at Lindy in the Park. This swing dancing San Francisco tradition goes down in Golden Gate Park every Sunday from 11AM – 2PM. Free lessons are offered to the group at Noon.
Everyday: Eat an It’s-It
It’s-It ice cream sandwiches are a true San Francisco throw back. First invented and sold at Adolph Sutro’s Playland (located next to the then in operation Sutro Baths) in 1928, the ice cream sandwich went on to far outlast both the Playland and the Baths. Luckily for you, these frozen treats now come in six flavors, and are available at every corner store in the city.
About the Author // Eliza Dropkin is the newest member of Vantigo. She enjoys live music, good food, and cruising around town in Jerry (the other newest member of Vantigo).