Where to play around town
Restaurant, bar, coffee shop, repeat. The options in San Francisco are endless, but sometimes you just want to play Jenga.
Luckily, there’s no shortage of sophisticated spots to get your game on--no cheesy Dave & Buster’s here. Liven up a first date or take your friend out for some birthday fun at one of these three play-friendly joints.
Best arcade Opening next week in Oakland’s Jack London Square, Plank is a gaming haven. Try to top the high score on Skee-Ball or Treasure Quest before heading to the Boardroom, an upstairs lounge with pool tables, bowling lanes and a deck overlooking the bay. 98 Broadway, Oakland
Best food Mission Bowling Club is as much about the food as it is about the lanes. Start with the drool-worthy burger (a patty of hanger steak, brisket and beef chuck on a pain de mie bun) and then play a round. The short lanes mean that even the bowling challenged have a good chance at a few strikes. 3176 17th St.
Best for single ladies S&R Lounge, the swanky bar inside Union Square’s Hotel Zetta, has a playroom with everything from pool to shuffleboard to a jumbo version of Jenga. But the highlight here is the life-sized Plinko game. Ask that cute guy at the bar for a demo. 55 Fifth St.