Hi Tops, San Francisco’s First Gay Sports Bar, Opens This Week [Updated]


The Castro readies this week for its first new bar opening in a couple of years, and that bar would be Hi Tops (2247 Market Street). It’s the city’s first gay bar fully dedicated to sports, in the former Lime space, and the decor includes reclaimed lockers, gymnasium bleachers, and a whopping sixteen flat-screen TVs. Owner Jesse Woodward says he wanted the space to feel grown-up and neighborhood-feeling, but also to “walk the fine line between modern sports bar and retro-nostalgic gay bar.” There’s also a food menu, which as we mentioned before is being put together by former Absinthe chef and Top Chef All-Star Jamie Lauren. It includes things like a pork chop on a stick, and stadium-inspired dishes like a homemade corndog. And there will be drink specials inspired by Bay Area athletes, as well as a big beer selection. Stay tuned for pictures and a menu prior to the bar’s planned opening on Thursday, November 29. [Earlier] Update: The opening has been pushed to Saturday, December 1.