The best area of San Francisco is Mission District.
Feel free to spend all day debating that statement but in the meantime please allow me to back up my claim by explaining why Mission just got that much better.
There is a little place on South Van Ness Avenue where miniature golfing (aka putt putt) (aka get-ball-in-hole) happens. The main features include a 14-hole course, a full bar at the front and arcade games on the side. If I wasn’t scared that you’d think I was immature, I would admit this place has potential to be my favorite hangout spot in San Francisco.
It’s all so easy: You pay at the front counter and get a coin, you retrieve a colorful ball by putting said coin in a candy machine, you choose your putter based on height and you’re good to golf!
Each hole was designed after a San Francisco landmark. As has always been my experience my mini golf, the holes are harder than they seem. Keep concentration no matter how easy your friends makes it look. You don’t want to be that idiot who got an 8 on a par 2.
We had the course to ourselves for the first round. Then celebrated finishing with $11 cocktails (the Lavender Spritz and the Sweet Tea Whisky are holes in one!) (FYI: drinks aren’t allowed on the actual course) from the bar. By the time we drank them the place was packed.
Playing is on a first come first serve basis, but you can make reservations to eat at the restaurant upstairs called Up @ Urban Putt. Clever, right? Oh. I didn’t mention that Urban Putt offers a proper lunch/dinner menu? Well, they do. And that should solidify the fact it is indeed the best hangout spot. And a great date spot. It’s also a good spot for after work drinks and maybe even a family outing – I could keep going for ages.
We didn’t actually get to taste the food upstairs, or from the bar menu, but we did see a gorgeous bowl of crispy sweet potato fries pass by us and we did catch a big whiff of the fried chicken and waffle skewers.
I almost built up the courage to ask the group next to us for their leftovers but Jack asked me to please stop embarrassing myself in public. Next time we’ll just plan to eat there.
1096 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States