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7 Best Places To Pick Up Tourists in San Francisco

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Lets face it — you’ve wanted to go there. You’ve wanted to have your cake and eat it too. There was never a moment where you thought maybe, just maybe, it might be totally exciting to get it on with someone out of town. Think about it — you can show them your part of the city, totally know where to go for cheap and watch them piss themselves while walking through The Mission at night! It sounds like the perfect date to me. If you’re looking for a tourist rendevous of your own, here are the top 7 places we think you should be more often…

As weird as it is, its still pretty impressive

As weird as it is, it's still pretty impressive

1. Union Square
Whether they’re tripping over the homeless dude with the dog and the rat and the cat or scrambling to get a picture of the tower in the middle of the square, the tourist is easily distracted. They’re bound to run into you, and probably on purpose. But its the perfect opportunity to show off your wealth of city knowledge if they just happen to be cute, isn’t it?

2. MUNI, specifically the F Car
I know, the last thing you want is some person asking you directions over your ipod blaring, but this is an extremely easy place to strike up a convo. Next time you’re headed to In-N-Out for a side of animal style fries, offer directions to an attractive stranger and your fries might come with a happy ending!

3. Gold Dust Lounge [Union Square Area]
As kitschy as can be, the Gold Dust is always a good place to resort to for cheap drinks and cheap company. But occasionally that perfect person saunters in, orders a manhattan and you know you’re in for a good time. The bartenders are so inattentive here that it will give you perfect time to strike up a conversation.

This photo is from some guy name Sergio’s picasa web thingy

4. Alamo Square Park [Western Addition]
Have you ever been here to lay out during the day? My roommates and I thought it would be funny to head here instead of Dolores one day. But I got asked by over 15 tourists for me to take their picture in front of the painted ladies. And most of them were girls. If there is one thing this park has, its lots of tanning girls, lots of puppies and lots of chances to get wild with a midwesterner that still thinks John Stamos has it goin on.

5. Musee Mechanique [Fisherman’s Wharf]
Nothing gets a girl going like Laughing Sal on her best day. Seriously. Nothing.

Laughing Sal is SO Creepy!

6. Dolores Park [The Mission]
Even with the onslaught of the hipster generation taking over the grasses of our fine Dolores, recent writeups in various magazines and papers have the seekers of hip flocking to the sacred grounds. It’s true that nothing can go wrong here — but it’s even better when that Sunday lay doesn’t bump into you at Zeitgeist every now and again either.

7. The Buena Vista [Fisherman’s Wharf]
Famed for their Irish Coffee recipe, it makes me sad that a place like the Vista is stuck in such a shitty part of town. But that being said, you might as well make the trip worth it and top it off with an Irish Breakfast the next day, right?

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  1. September 1, 2009 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    Don’t forget the tried and true “Want to share a cab?”

    (It may or may not have worked for me on several occasions.)

  2. September 15, 2009 at 7:34 pm — Reply

    The cab thing may or may not have worked for me on one occassion. I was also the one who may or not have asked .

  3. Andrew Dalton - Aggressive Panhandler
    July 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    Let’s not forget the tried-and-true method of striking up a conversation with your seatmate on a flight back to SFO and/or anyone on BART with a rollerbag who looks really perplexed by the map.

  4. Carlos Almendarez
    July 14, 2010 at 3:07 pm — Reply

    I would add: Any cable car.

  5. BAS Writers
    July 14, 2010 at 5:49 pm — Reply

    I’ve pulled on both Muni and Bart before.

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