Take Dad to Spruce for the ultimate steak night—an off-the-menu bone-in, 32-ounce steak aged for nearly a month, known as the Cowboy Steak. It normally serves two, but you're men, and it's Father's Day, so get two. Then toss in a bottle of Bordeaux—okay, make that two.
Cowboy Steak, Unlimited Golf and More Beer
In the interest of avoiding another catastrophic attempt at finding some sort of accessory that the old man actually wants, think about what you like. And then take dad along for the ride. Think of it as a win-win.
If steak night doesn't do the trick, expand his horizons with a four-course prix fixe of wild game—think wild salmon, roasted venison, braised boar and guinea hen. Sure you're not actually firing the kill shot, but there's always next year.
Book a night at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, and they'll throw in all the golf you and your dad can swing a club at for two days—along with gratis valet and spa access, to name a few perks. It's available through the end of the year—in case he wants to return the favor.
The free-flowing keg of Belgian beer—think Leffe or Duvel—will certainly take the edge off, as will a sports massage followed by some other spa treatments that, while enjoyable, you probably won't want to talk about after. Then it's onto the next pint with no one being the wiser.
If he's been looking a bit scruffy lately, a haircut, head massage and shoeshine ought to spiff him up. Then, pour him a Chimay or two in the lounge, buy him a flask from MR's ample selection (at 20 percent off), fill it up and go.