Today is FourSquare Day, a self-made holliday from the social networking company that allows you to "check in" at places and earn special badges, rewards, and discounts. But like Pi Day or 4/20, FourSquare has sanctioned April 16th as their day, and are treating the valued customer as a VIP.
Instead of the usual short list of deals at your local bars and restaurants, you can check in today at many more and earn special deals. So if you don't have the FourSquare app on your phone yet, download it now and take your pick of our five best places to check in on FourSquare Day for the best deals possible. And if you get a chance, stop by Pacific Catch from 4 pm to 6 pm today where the actual FourSquare meet-up is happening!
1. Villa Romana Ristorante
If you're craving a little Italian fare for dinner tonight, stop by Villa Romana Ristorante in the Sunset between 4 pm and 10 pm. FourSquare tipsters say the pizza and pasta is delicious. And if you check in there, a special $20 max discount (or 50% off) is yours to use. 731 Irving St. (at 9th Ave.)
2. O Izakaya Lounge
You know what sounds tasty for lunch today? Sushi. Or french fries. Or maybe just a quick gelato fix since the weather is so nice. Lucky for you, all three and more are available all day long on the diverse menu at O Izakaya Lounge in Japantown. If you're checking in there for the first time, take 10% off your bill, alcohol excluded. 1625 Post St. (at Laguna St.)
3. Hobson's Choice
FourSquare users rave about the housemade punch at this bar, and sure enough it stars on the drink menu. It's worth wandering over to Haight-Ashbury after work today to get a taste of the punchy goodness at Hobson's Choice, especially when you can take 50% off your bill at a $20 maximum just for checking in there. 1601 Haight St. (at Clayton St.)
4. Clement Street Bar and Grill
While the 50% off check in deal applies here, it maxes out at $10, so this may end up lower on your FourSquare wish list. But if you live in the Richmond, the Clement Street Bar and Grill is a nice play to stop by for dinner from 5 pm to 9pm. At the very least, take advantage of the 50% discount for the crab cakes! 708 Clement St. (at 8th Ave.)
5. Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours
Before (or after) you take advantage of all these food specials, you can get a little exercise in and take advantage of the sunny weather. Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours is offering a 25% discount on bike rentals today, good until 7 pm. If you have a day off or even have a few hours to spare after your work day ends, this is a great alternative to your boring gym routine. 385 Linden St. (at Octavia St.)