I’m just putting this out there, because I don’t know how long it will last: If you’re single and live in the Bay Area and you haven’t been to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday nights, I highly recommend you do so.
San Francisco plays host to some other decent museum nights — I’ve had fun at the SF Moma on Thursdays and the De Young on Fridays — but NightLife is a pickup opportunity of a different order — and it works just as well if you have a date. It’s as if a mad scientist fused the best traits of day game and night game and mixed them into one. And judging from the way it’s selling out every week, I’m sure other people have noticed that too.
I must say I’d never walked around animal exhibits while drinking beer and brushing up against hot women in nightgowns — at first I felt awkward about it, but then I thought it made perfect sense. This is evolution! I wouldn’t be surprised if the local nightclubs started importing a tidepool and white alligator pit to loosen up the patrons.
As packed as the place was, we found plenty of opportunities for quiet conversation — I met a suspiciously cute and friendly brunette who loves to cook, and we’re already talking about having a cook-off together (she hasn’t made crab cakes yet). Kudos to my buddy for sending her my way after she said she’s interested in journalism. Great wingmen are hard to find.
Later, I entertained myself with the DJ area — the Popscene guy was playing just the kind of indie rock I’m into, and my buddy and I put on a little dancing exhibition. Actually, this attracted one species I didn’t account for — the San Francisco Cougar — and I had a hard time fending them off. I’ll keep that in mind for next time.
One word of caution: buy your tickets ahead of time, and get there early, because the lines are unlike anything I’ve seen at a Bay Area nightclub. But this place definitely gets an A rating from me. If you don’t live in the Bay Area, I suggest looking up your local museums to find something similar. When the crowd is good, I think it beats the pants off going to most night venues.
I’ll be looking to review more San Francisco pickup and dating spots, so stay tuned.