The Cinch

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MONDAY - FRIDAY: 9 A.M. - 2 A.M. | SATURDAY - SUNDAY: 6 A.M. - 2 A.M.
415.776.4162 | WEBSITE

While Polk Gulch was once a seedy strip of male prostitutes, the Russian Hill of today is not typically a gay destination. The Cinch is nearly all that remains, an outpost full of older barflies and pretty young things mingling together under the rainbow of Tibetan prayer flags. Two pool tables, an outdoor patio, lots of games and plenty of space keep this saloon casual every night of the week. While the walls are as cluttered with kitsch as those at any T.G.I. Friday’s, the eye invariably lands upon the pencil drawing of a man being mounted by the lion. But don’t be afraid; the 40-year-old Cinch is the friendliest gay bar north of Market Street.

Known For
  • outdoor / patio
  • bar food
What to drink
Every Sunday brings a beer bust, and each long-time bartender has his own cocktail, most of which are fruity concoctions as opposed to trendy feats of mixological prowess. There are 15 beers on tap, a $5 Irish coffee, and a house Bloody Mary that’s far spicier than most.
Russian Hill
The Cinch is best enjoyed on “holidays,” broadly construed. Oscar night, Halloween, Cinco de Mayo and every 49ers game guarantees a packed house.