Best Place to Play Pool - 2000
Gino and Carlo
If you want to shoot stick in a civilized, Tiffany-lamped setting, head for Chalkers in the Rincon Annex (512-0450). But if you want a little barroom milieu to go with your eight ball, Gino and Carlo is the place. The 58-year-old North Beach saloon not only pours a mean bourbon, it boasts a room in back with two tables, a wide array of cue sticks, dark wood paneling, walls as green as felt, and a gallery of autographed photos from the likes of James Caan, Jake La Motta, and -- big as life -- the Chairman himself. You'll have to wait awhile for your turn at the table, but the jukebox has lots of good paisano music, the crowd's always fun to look at, and, for the true fanatic, the joint opens at 6 in the a.m.