Best Pool Hall - 2011
If crossing Cesar Chavez is going south of the border, this Excelsior hangout would be exotic enough for the laptop-music crowd. Grooving to corridos music between shots, you'll find there's no better place in San Francisco than this converted former theater to get some old-school pool hustle on — and you'll need it. Fourteen pool tables and four billiards tables mean there's always space for an amateur game, but there are always a few lurking sharks. The family-run enterprise serves tamales and nachos until late, and drinks, adult and otherwise, flow until closing time — 2 a.m., 365 days a year. Kids at heart can play on the arcade games, while dollars are won and lost on the well-kept green felt. There's nary a twisted cue in the place, which means one thing: It's a sure shot.