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Team Building Activities: The Definitive Guide to San Francisco

You work with your team all day. In fact, you may see your coworkers more than your family! However, sometimes you need space with your team — away from the muck of the day-to-day — to bond together, to communicate, to laugh. It's what keeps your team strong.Therefore, behold the definitive list of team building activities in San Francisco for 2019. From classes and games, to events and beyond, we've got plenty of ideas for your next company outing, retreat, offsite, or getaway. Enjoy!

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Cooking Classes

Made 2 Gather

v
Fruitvale
,
Oakland
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K
People
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15
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Cooking Classes

Made 2 Gather's all encompassing cooking workshops teach you how to properly handle a knife, prepare slow cooked stews, and prepare an Israeli brunch. Reap the benefits of communication in this wonderful cooking course!

First Class Cooking

v
China Basin
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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111
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Cooking Classes

Private Events and Cooking Parties include menu customization, event management, and all the other necessary materials. Kickback, relax, and let the First Class chefs take it from here.

Tinker Kitchen

v
Mission District
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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****h
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14
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Cooking Classes

The Tinker Kitchen hots numerous private events such as Chocolate Making, Pasta Extrusion, or a cookie competition.

18 Reasons

v
Mission District
,
San Francisco
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K
25
People
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*****
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****h
****
***h
58
Yelp reviews
Cooking Classes

With enough space for up to 25 individuals, cooking classes include freshly sourced ingredients, two glasses of house wine for everyone, and a wide variety of menus to pick from.

Kaoris Kitchen

Cooking Classes

Make magical mochi, radiant ramen, or succulent sushi! Feeling adventurous? Try the A La Carte cooking class and customize your experience entirely!

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Art Classes

1AM Gallery

v
SoMa
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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***h
116
Yelp reviews
Art Classes

1AM offers exciting workshops on graffiti, hiphop culture, and street art designed to bring any team together. Split into teams and learn how to express yourself through graffiti, DJing, and the mic!

WorkshopSF

v
NoPa
,
San Francisco
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K
100
People
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*****
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****h
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***h
127
Yelp reviews
Art Classes

WorkshopSF offers over 50 different DIY classes on everything from woodworking to beer brewing. They can customize a class to your group's interests — either at their workshop or in your office.

Late Nite Art

v
Mission
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
****
***h
43
Yelp reviews
Art Classes

Late Nite Art offers their signature team bonding experience, in addition to Illuminated Notes: a beautiful illustration that captures the essence of the keynote speaker at your event

Hickory Clay

v
SOMA
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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9
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Art Classes

Just starting out? Take a beginner wheel learning class. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, take a deep dive and learn how to use a pottery wheel, create a vase, or make your own mugs!

3 Fish Studio

v
Outer Sunset
,
San Francisco
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K
6
People
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*****
***
****h
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37
Yelp reviews
Art Classes

Take classes from the artists that make the beautiful pieces found in 3 Fish Studios! Take a class on printmaking and learn how create a piece from scratch, or, take a collage class and realize the power in the materials found in your day to day life

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Cocktail Classes

Elixir to Go

v
Mission
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
****
***h
37
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Cocktail Classes

Elixer To Go offers numerous team building activities, examine spirits in their tasting experience, learn how to make delicious cocktails, or go back to school for mixology 101!

Soma Bartending

v
SOMA
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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94
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Cocktail Classes

Learn Mixology from the Founder of SoMa Bartending, Jeremy Vassey himself! All participants will learn how to make three current leading cocktails in the industry!

The Cocktail Camp

v
Mission
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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48
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Cocktail Classes

The only way to learn is to do - learn more about yourself and your team in this illustrious cocktail course!

SF Mixology

v
The East Cut
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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37
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Cocktail Classes

SF Mixology offers team building classes that offer a comprehensive overview on how to make the perfect drink.

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Improv Classes

Flight Deck

v
Downtown
,
Oakland
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K
100
People
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*****
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****h
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14
Yelp reviews
Improv Classes

The theater company at The Flight Deck offers offsite and onsite playshops that focus on fostering communication. Explore team dynamics through story telling and visual communication!

Nerd Improv

v
Hayes Valley
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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29
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Improv Classes

Improv workshops are comprised of warm ups, games, and reflection. No two workshops are alike; so take a note from "Whose Line Is It Anyway" and strengthen your relationship with your team.

EndGames Improv

v
Mission
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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129
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Improv Classes

EndGames can create an improv workshop for your team that focuses on communication and team-building skills. It'll get your team laughing — and listening to each other.

Leela

v
SOMA
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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***h
108
Yelp reviews
Improv Classes

Leela teaches how improv can help teammates listen to each other and build on each other's ideas. They can help with public speaking, leadership skills, and more.

Secret Improv Society

v
Lower Nob Hill
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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170
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Improv Classes

Secret Improv Society can provide classes for your team to boost their creativity and communication skills. You can also hire the group as entertainment for your next retreat.

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Arcade Rooms

Coin-Op Game Room

v
Mission Bay
,
San Francisco
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K
400
People
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*****
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Arcade Rooms

Coin-Op Game Room offers old school video games, like pinball and Pac-Man, that your group will love. You can get a semi-private area, complete with food and craft beers.

Emporium SF

v
NOPA
,
San Francisco
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K
800
People
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*****
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****h
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263
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Arcade Rooms

Emporium SF is a huge 21+ arcade bar in NoPa with everything from billiards to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Groups under 40 can get a free table reservation online.

Brewcade

v
Castro
,
San Francisco
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K
150
People
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*****
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****h
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293
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Arcade Rooms

Brewcade is a venue in the Castro boasting arcade games and handcrafted beers. Book a private event for 20+, or buy out the whole venue for parties of 50+.

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Escape Rooms

Palace of Fine Arts Games

v
Marina
,
San Francisco
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K
30
People
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*****
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****h
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300
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Escape Rooms

Palace Games has three escape room challenges setup in the Palace of Fine Arts. You will also have access to their Games Room, where your group can mingle or play board games.

Clockwise Escape

v
Mid-Market
,
San Francisco
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K
40
People
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****h
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117
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Escape Rooms

Clockwise Escape offers four escape room challenges, as well as a lounge, where your group can play vintage games and music.

Paniq escape room

v
Mission District
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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298
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Escape Rooms

PanIQ escape rooms come in seemingly cinematic packages - free yourself from medieval madness, participate in a wizard's trial, or run along the "Red Wire". Your life will become a movie, and you've only got an hour to escape!

Reason

v
South of Market
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
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***h
193
Yelp reviews
Escape Rooms

Reason offers a number of team building experiences including escape rooms, portrait painting workshops, lock picking workshops, and defibrilator workshops. The escape room takes two hours and uses state of the art technology like drones, holograms, and robotics. You and yout team will be faced with challenges and will have to work together to finish the game.

The Escape Game San Francisco

v
Union Square
,
San Francisco
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K
12
People
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*****
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****h
****
***h
117
Yelp reviews
Escape Rooms

Team Building Description: Can your team escape? If your team is going to emerge victorious, they'll have to work together! The games are challenging, fun and there are always a few great laugh out loud moments. Improve team communication and collaboration + get a huge morale boost. You'll be surprised who on the team takes charge and who has the big "aha" moment. Pro Tip - Ask About the John Maxwell Team Development Package

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Scavenger Hunts

Foxhound Urban Adventures

v
Union Square
,
San Francisco
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K
80
People
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*****
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****h
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129
Yelp reviews
Scavenger Hunts

Foxbound Urban Adventures creates spy adventures. You'll be split into teams and then you'll need to strategize how you'll pull off some serious espionage to defeat the other teams.

The Go Game

v
Mission
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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98
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Scavenger Hunts

The Go Game can plan group events for your team, including scavenger hunts, game shows, or spy games. They'll customize the content to your group and host activities your team will laugh about forever.

cityHUNT

v
Civic Center
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
73
Yelp reviews
Scavenger Hunts

cityHUNT will host your next scavenger hunt, complete with their custom scavenger hunt app, loads of photos from the field, and an awards ceremony to crown the winners.

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Mystery Games

Tyler's Mystery Tours

v
Dogpatch
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
68
Yelp reviews
Mystery Events

Tyler's Mystery Tours plans mystery trips. Your group will only know what to pack, when to show up, and when they'll be back. The rest is a team building adventure.

The Dinner Detective

v
North FiDi
,
San Francisco
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K
400
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
7
Yelp reviews
Mystery Events

The Dinner Detective is an interactive murder mystery, played over dinner. It's an event that will keep your team on their toes, as they figure out whodunit.

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Wine Tasting

JAX Vineyard

v
South Park
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
79
Yelp reviews
Wine Tasting

Jax Vineyards offers a wonderfully intimate Tasting Room experience in San Francisco lead by sommeliers who care about the wine that they pour. Enjoy artisinal cheeses and good company for the best hour of your week!

Bluxome winery

v
South of Market
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
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153
Yelp reviews
Wine Tasting

Bond over drinks with your teammates and expand your collective palettes, or, reserve the space for your own custom team-building event and enjoy the flavors of California's best wines.

Winery collective

v
Fisherman's Wharf
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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***h
269
Yelp reviews
Wine Tasting

The Collective's San Francisco Wine Tasting Room is perfect for any corporate event. Winery Collective's offers a multitude of options for your event, including elaborate cheese platters, blind wine tastings, and many more!

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Happy Hours

The Academy SF

v
The Castro
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
1
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Happy Hours

A few words to the host gets you escorted downstairs through a secret door. The basement speakeasy is accessed through a hidden bookshelf (or via private side entrance), and features a cool "underground" atmosphere filled with unique decor, games, music, and a private bar with direct access to the outdoor patio.

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El Techo

v
Mission
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
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***h
1576
Yelp reviews
Happy Hours

El Techo is known for its street food, fabulous cocktails, and sweeping rooftop views from its location in the Mission. Book a happy hour for 20 or more, and don't worry about unpredictable SF weather — a retractable roof cover and heat lamps ensure it'll be enjoyable no matter what!

Barbarossa Lounge

v
North Beach
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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***h
348
Yelp reviews
Happy Hours

Not only is Barbarossa Lounge a chic, interesting place to kick back as a group (it's one of the oldest buildings in SF and survived the 1906 earthquake!) but its rotating menu of specialty cocktails are reason alone to book your next team happy hour here.

Maritime Wine Tasting Studio

v
Financial District
,
San Francisco
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K
24
People
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*****
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****h
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94
Yelp reviews
Happy Hours

A curated wine tasting in which one of our wine stewards leads your party through 5 domestic and international wines from our producer portfolio. We directly represent over 50 producers in the tasting room and we love sharing insight and personal stories on the wines and the producers who make them.

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Boat Cruises

Red and White Fleet

v
Embarcadero
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
****
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384
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Boat Cruises

Red and White Fleet is an excellent way to enjoy sweeping views of the city. Whether you choose a traditional one-hour cruise with a headphone audio tour, or you go for a Cruise & Dine combo, there's no more spectacular way to experience San Francisco Bay.

Hornblower Cruise & Events

v
Embarcadero
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
****
***h
626
Yelp reviews
Boat Cruises

Hornblower Cruises & Events boasts a fleet of seven yachts, accommodating groups of all sizes looking to cruise San Francisco Bay. Customize everything from decor to food and entertainment in order to truly "deck out" your team event.

San Francisco Bay Boat Cruises Inc.

v
The Embarcadero Beach St
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
****
***h
63
Yelp reviews
Boat Cruises

Boasting San Francisco Bay's "only floating wine tasting room," San Francisco Bay Boat Cruises Inc. is an entirely unique cruising experience. Hop aboard and enjoy a tour of the bay, drinks, cheese, baguettes, crackers, and candy for a "grape" team outing.

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Volunteering

HandsOn Bay Area

v
SOMA
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San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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44
Yelp reviews
Volunteering

Looking to volunteer as a group, but not sure where to get started? HandsOn Bay Area connects companies with custom volunteer opportunities, matching teams with the communities issues they feel most passionately about.

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

v
Dogpatch
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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148
Yelp reviews
Volunteering

Help end hunger in the Bay Area by volunteering as a team with San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. Give back by assisting in a warehouse or a pantry, delivering fresh groceries, or even teaching a class on nutrition.

Family House

v
Mission Bay
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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***h
3
Yelp reviews
Volunteering

Family House serves families of children with cancer, and volunteer groups are a pivotal part of the nonprofit's ability to help. Sign up for a "Done in a Day" project — cleaning, organizing, hosting a family meal, or hosting a birthday party — and give back as a group.

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Mini-golf

Stagecoach Greens

v
SOMA
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San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
****
***h
43
Yelp reviews
Mini-golf

Stagecoach Greens, located in SOMA's Parklab Gardens, is the ultimate multi-activity venue. Its rentable cabanas, food trucks, and bar make it an awesome place to relax, while its locally-themed mini golf course takes you on a special "tour" of San Francisco's landmarks.

Subpar Mini Golf

v
Ghirardelli Square
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
****
***h
18
Yelp reviews
Mini-golf

Looking to enjoy some good, ol' fashioned mini golf as a team? Book a group round at Subpar Mini Golf, or even buy out the venue to have all those putting greens to yourself.

Urban Putt

v
Mission
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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***h
1217
Yelp reviews
Mini-golf

You've never seen an indoor mini golf course until you've experienced the fun that is Urban Putt. Enjoy the course's elaborate obstacles in between trips to the full bar, which boasts craft beer, speciality cocktails, and delicious bar bites.

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Bowling

Presidio Bowl

v
Presidio
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San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
308
Yelp reviews
Bowling

A beloved bowling alley in the heart of the Presidio, Presidio Bowl accommodates small groups looking to rent a few lanes as well as 200-person parties looking to rent out the whole venue. Enjoy the full bar and grill menu while you're playing.

Fifth Arrow

v
Union Square
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
48
Yelp reviews
Bowling

Fifth Arrow is a bar, restaurant, and gaming parlor, with a little bit of everything to entertain your team. Kick back and relax with a drink, or pop on those bowling shoes in pursuit of some friendly competition. Either way, you won't be bored. Partial buyouts for parties under 50 people, full venue buyouts for 60 -200 people. Rent out the entire venue and bowl to your hearts content, set to your own personal soundtrack!

Mission Bowling

v
Mission
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San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
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****h
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***h
576
Yelp reviews
Bowling

Mission Bowling Club is a 21+ bowling venue boasting specialty cocktails and a delicious, locally-sourced food menu. If you're looking for a place to eat, drink, and be competitive with your teammates, this gem in the Mission is the place to go.

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Rock climbing

Dogpatch Boulders

v
Dogpatch
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
120
Yelp reviews
Rock climbing

Dogpatch Boulders is a SF climbing gym, where you can take your team to new heights with its world-class walls and bouldering. Book a private group lesson (equipment included) to climb exclusively alongside your colleagues.

Planet Granite

v
Crissy Field
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
392
Yelp reviews
Rock climbing

Planet Granite is a climbing gym focused on customized experiences for your team's needs. They offer everything from two-hour workshops to multi-day programs, including all rental equipment necessary to get your climb on!

Mission Cliffs

v
Mission
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
469
Yelp reviews
Rock climbing

Bond as a group at Mission Cliffs, San Francisco's oldest climbing gym that features five-story walls and a whopping 2,000 square feet of bouldering. Book a group private lesson, and enjoy climbing side-by-side with just your teammates.

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Adventure sports

Hwa Rang Kwan

v
China Basin
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
58
Yelp reviews
Adventure Sports

Get your kickboxing on with the team during a private class from the experts at Hwa Rang Kwan. Practice self-defense, bootcamp fitness, and beyond either at their martial arts center or a remote location of your choice.

Fort Miley Adventure Challenge Course

v
Park Merced
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
33
Yelp reviews
Adventure Sports

You don't have to time travel back to summer camp to enjoy the dizzying heights of a ropes and obstacle course: Fort Miley Adventure Challenge Course, located right here in SF, is a thrilling way to bond as a team. Book a part-day or full-day program for as many as 100 people.

City Kayak

v
South Beach Harbor
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
139
Yelp reviews
Adventure Sports

Experience San Francisco Bay up close and personal via kayak, canoe, and SUP rentals through City Kayak. Whether you prefer a guided group excursion or you want to venture off alone, you can explore everywhere from McCovey Cove to Downtown.

Bad Axe Throwing

v
Westlake
,
Daly City
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
87
Yelp reviews
Adventure Sports

Learn about the art discipline of axe throwing! Rent your own lane and work with a professional axe throwing coach, and most importantly, have a blast!

House of Air

v
Crissy Field
,
San Francisco
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K
People
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*****
***
****h
****
***h
487
Yelp reviews
Adventure Sports

House of Air is a trampoline park nestled in the Presidio on Crissy Field. Take your team outing to new heights with one or two-hour jumping packages. Opt for the VIP private room, complete with tables, chairs, and a flatscreen if you'd like a place to decompress after all that jumping.

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