Elisabeth and I have spent many a nights out in San Francisco honing our skills as connoisseurs of fun. Throughout all of our adventures we have distilled certain characteristics that breed a good time, so here are a few tips for how to add some more excitement to your night (and day) life.
Wine and Dine in Unusual Places
The neighborhood bar or restaurant “where everyone knows your name” might just be another way of saying, “I am in a rut.” Fabulousness exists in all different forms in all different places, so don’t be confined by what you think is normal, because you might miss out on the spectacular.
For us exploring hotel bars and department store bistros has offered us many a new experiences and friends. For example, the Pied Piper Bar and Grill in the Palace Hotel in San Francisco is just the gift that keeps on giving. Forget that it has the best truffle French fries and will bring you unlimited free crunchies (aka snack mix), but this is place where we met Alex Smith from the 49ers and on a separate occasion were cast in a movie. (I think it could have been our breakout roles, but unfortunately we never made it to the set the next day).
The point is that getting out of your comfort zone allows you to embrace other great places in your own city – making it feel new all over again.
Have a Great Back Story
There is something interesting about everyone, but what is interesting about you probably doesn’t have to do with what you do for a living. Too often people define themselves by what they do – not only does it often make you sound pretentious, but strangers really don’t want to hear you lament about your week at work.
For example, as a fairly unassuming person, most people are usually surprised to hear that a friend and I once drove from Tampa, Fla. to Birmingham, Ala. to audition for American Idol just for the heck of it (true story, and no I can’t sing). Being at your most fabulous means knowing how to put your best foot forward and highlight what is unique about you. Of course don’t be afraid to just wing it!
Do Things on the Random
Time and time again I have heard people comment on how New Year’s Day is always disappointing. The thing is so much of life is planned, but the really great times happen when you least plan or expect it. If Elisabeth and I planned everything then we never would have taken that random trip to Vegas after work one Friday (more on this later), or we might not have gone to a really questionable vegan restaurant and met Tori Spelling at her book signing.
Sometimes the best way to learn a city is just to get out and start walking, and go into those random holes in the wall, and that is how all our greatest adventures have begun.
Adventures in the city are yours for the taking: Stay tuned for more tips on being fabulous, and share your own adventures in the comments.