The Cinch is one of my favorite bars in the city. Technically not in the Tenderloin but close enough that I decided to write about it anyway. It’s a gay bar, but not Castro gay (ie no go go boys in their underwear, or any pounding techno Rihanna dance remixes). Their pool tables are only 1 dollar, and free on Wednesdays after 8. If that weren’t enough they have a giant paper mâché tree (leftover from Halloween) AND a Johnny Mnemonic pinball machine complete with Keanu Reeves on it, and really, what more could you ask for?
They serve their drinks strong and cheap, and the bartenders are the nicest around.

This bar is the shit.
Polk between Sacramento & Washington.