Best Bar San Francisco 2001 - The Overflo
It might be impossible not to like the Overflo (and if you've been to the Overflo and think you didn't like it, you're wrong). The lighting is dim, the drinks are stiff, and owner/bartender Mark Allen is so hospitable he might actually be the coolest dude in San Francisco. His father opened the place in 1976, and since then the Overflo has been all sorts of things -- a Marine bar; a rowdy, edge-of-the-Tenderloin dive; a hangout for cops, lawyers, old-timers, actors, and now, an increasing number of younger folks who have moved to the Tendernob over the past few years. In other words, you meet all kinds here, and everyone's friendly, which is exactly what we think of when we conjure images of the ideal saloon.