5 Places to Keep Warm During #WinterInSF

Posted on January 2, 2017 |

By Leila N’Amara

Sing-a-long at the Castro Theatre

Keep warm this winter by catching a sing-a-long at our historic Castro Theatre! Built in 1922 by Timothy Pflueger who later went on to design theatres across California — including the equally stunning Paramount Theatre in Oakland. The exterior is a quirky Spanish Colonial design, inspired by Mexican cathedrals. The interior is reminiscent of the inside of a tent — with the addition of some art deco details, like the chandelier.

The Castro Theatre is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2017. But it didn’t become a fixture in San Francisco counter-culture until after Harvey Milk moved into the neighborhood in the mid 70s. That’s when quiet working-class Irish neighborhood of Eureka Valley transformed into the Castro District and became the epicenter for the LGBTQ community. Since then, the Castro Theatre has been home to campy theatre — such as their now iconic sing-a-longs!

Check out the Castro Theatre calendar for their current line up and upcoming show times.


Reserve a lane at Mission Bowling Club

Nothing keeps you warm quiet like bowling a game at our eclectic little boutique bowling alley only for those 21+ — the Mission Bowling Club.Relax between frames in tufted leather booths as you sip on craft cocktails from their full bar! Or, if bowling isn’t your thing — just show up to indulge on their Mission Burger created by famed chef Anthony Myint.

If you’re traveling with anyone under 21 — be sure to show up on the weekends during their Family Hours from 11am – 7pm!


Take a handful of quarters to the Musee Mecanique

Spend a cold day in San Francisco exploring the Musee Mecanique with a pocket full of quarters! This collection of turn of the century automatons, nickelodeons and 1980s arcade games is totally free to the public — all you need are the quarters to activate this arcade museum.

Be sure to play a game of Spot the San Francisco Native — all you have to do is head over to Laughing Sal near the entrance. Laughing Sal is a towering, nearly six foot tall, buck-toothed ginger automaton that began terrorizing locals at our waterfront attraction Playland at the Beach until its closing in 1972.  Now, to play this game — just feed a quarter into Laughing Sal and watch as the SF locals slink away from Sal’s maniacal laughter.


Play a round at Urban Putt

If you don’t want to brave the weather to see the sights, then just head over to the Mission District for some San Francisco themed mini-golf at Urban Putt! Don’t forget to enjoy the miniature sights with tasty craft cocktails ?

Test your pinball skills at Free Gold Watch

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One of San Francisco’s more bizarre places to keep warm during #WinterInSF — a silk screening business turned pinball arcade! The best part? You can run into Dylan’s Tours very own pinball celebrity — Per! Starting on Jan 11th at 7:30pm the 2017 Spring League runs every other Wednesday. Just be sure to bring a pocket full of quarters and head over to the Dirty Harry pinball machine!


[Featured Image by Helder Ribeiro via Flickr]

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