Cinch

San Francisco-Nob Hill and Chinatown

  • Night Out
  • Pool
4.5 / 5

May 11, 2018

The area around Polk Street was originally the LGBT centre of San Francisco, hosting the city’s first official gay Pride parade in 1972, The Cinch Saloon is the second oldest surviving gay bar in San Francisco.

The area around Polk Street was originally the LGBT centre of San Francisco, hosting the city’s first official gay Pride parade in 1972, The Cinch Saloon is the second oldest surviving gay bar in San Francisco. It started out as The Early Bird, a bar and restaurant and remains one of the finest in town. As the name suggests, it started life as a Western themed bar, but now it’s just simply the last gay bar on the street, boasting a patio where you can smoke, imbibe strong and ridiculously cheap drinks, play pool, and let your hair down. It’s a relaxed, friendly place, no matter your sexual preference, a cool place to kick back with a drink. There’s a good range of beers on tap and they do a $5 Irish coffee, if that’s your tipple. They also do an excellent Bloody Mary and a ‘Pink Thing’, which is basically rum, sweet’n’sour, 7Up and cranberry.