The Cinch

Gay Bar, Bar
1723 Polk St (btwn Clay & Washington St)
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 776-4162
9:00am - 2:00am
9:00am - 2:00am
9:00am - 2:00am
9:00am - 2:00am
9:00am - 2:00am
6:00am - 2:00am
6:00am - 2:00am

The oldest surviving gay bar in San Francisco has heavy pours and a decent collection of alcohol. Friendly staff and patrons crowd the bar, and there's a patio out back for smokers. 


  • I'm straight, but this is hands down my favorite bar in San Francisco. I've been here every visit and it never disappoints.
  • From out of town, thought this was one of the sweetest bars I hit while visiting, staff is too adorable
  • Drinks are always cheap and strong, plus you're at one of the oldest gay bars in SF #WinsAllAround
  • Charlie Horse hasn't actually happened here since spring of 2010 but its still a really fun place. I lived in SF two months in 2010 and went here often. Smoking patio out back!
  • Low key bar. Great bartenders. Easy going crowd.
  • Patio is open until ten
  • Its the 2nd oldest gay bar in SF cool vibes
  • Not shy with their drinks - more vodka than lemonade. :)
  • So many beers to choose from, and a smoking patio
  • strongest Bloody Mary ever.. let's just say it looks like water with a hint of red
  • An old standard in SF gay bars. Strong cocktails, pool, an outdoor area until 10, and my favorite lion picture on the wall...
  • Amazing bartenders and they gave us free copper mugs for drinking Moscow mules! Fantastic!
  • Booze. Dudes. Booze. Pool. Booze.
  • Met one if the owners and two lovely drag queens. Stiff drinks!!
  • Incredibly racist. Avoid this place unless you like racial slurs from bad bartenders.
  • ask Michael for a "drive by" shot...
  • When @ The Cinch, you like banging balls, make sure you put a buck into the pool tables(2) and grab a stick, and bust um up !
  • Seriously, the bloody marys are phenomenal.
  • Warm + friendly bartenders, hot men with great asses prancing + preening on a TV screen, and a laid back vibe makes this one of my favorite SF stops for the curious or just plain thirsty.
  • freddy bartends on Friday night for Charliehorse, he's a stone cold fox!!!

Nearby places

1621 Polk St (btwn Clay & Sacramento St)
1548 Polk St (at Sacramento St)
1906 Van Ness Ave (btw Jackson & Washington)