Drinks, Dinner & the SF Symphony for under $40
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A night out at the Symphony with Broke-Ass Stuart
We felt like being fancy, yet affordable. And like good San Franciscans we wanted to do things a little different, so we created a theme and challenged everyone to follow it. The theme…thrift store chic. Meaning your clothes should be fancy, like tuxedos and gowns…but they also must be second-hand. And the night of, you’re not going to spend more than $40.
The goal was food, drinks and world class entertainment for less than 40 bucks in San Francisco…we kept our fingers crossed
Happy Hour: Emperor Norton’s Boozeland
Stuart found a Oscar de la Renta tuxedo from the 80’s at Community Thrift. Michelle found a blue velvet dress at Held Over in the Haight. Ashley scored her dress at Buffalo Exchange, Victoria found her flapper at Out of the Closet on Polk, and I inherited a tuxedo from a dead guy. We were set! We were thrift store chic, broke, but feeling fancy on the cheap.
Happy Hour Mixed Drink: $4
Slice of Pizza on Polk Street: $4
We got a little carried away during drinks and didn’t leave a lot of time to eat, but a quick slice puts fuel in the fire. And on to the show.
The San Francisco Symphony Hall
Tickets to the symphony start as low as $15 for select shows
Bottle of Champagne: $40 (divided 6 ways)
We settled in, our ears perked up for Bizet’s Carmen, the music in the hall is incredible, there is nothing comparable to the sound created by a symphony orchestra. Ashley (ahem) finished the champagne.
It was around the 2nd Bottle of champagne that we noticed things were coming unraveled…literally. The shoes Stuart had kept from High School Prom started to fall apart. Leaving a trail of black rubber in his wake.
Stuart managed to make looking Broke…lovable. Instead of being embarrassed he danced off the rest of the excess rubber while his friends could only look on and smile.
Drinks, food, clothes, tickets…they all cost money, especially in this town. But it’s still possible to do something out of the ordinary without losing your shirt. And a memorable night with your friends, hearing music played by some of the finest musicians in the world…is priceless.
Tickets to the SF Symphony are starting at $15 this Spring, click here to check them out, it’s Mozart and it will be fantastic. If you’d like go much sooner, check out Beethoven Jan 21 – 24. Tickets start at $38.