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San Francisco’s first gay sports bar, Hi Tops, to open in October

Jun 15, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT


So if I have this correct, New York and Washington D.C. have had gay sports bars for years, but San Francisco doesn’t have one? Well call me Judy Garland. That all changes soon, as Hi Tops, “a dedicated sports bar in the vein of Gym in New York or Nellie’s in D.C., with a comfortable vibe,” will be opening in October in the Castro. It takes the place vacated by Lime at 2247 Market Street, between Noe and Sanchez, and the owners say it’s going to be their “dream bar.”

They hope to bring more of the local LGBT community back to the neighborhood on weekends, when many of the bars have become over-crowded with tourists and less comfortable for those who live nearby.

“It’s going to be for everyone,” said co-owner Jesse Woodward. “You don’t have to be someone who wants to watch sports on TV to want to hang out there.” The concept is pretty simple: A neighborhood bar where you can watch the Giants game, eat some all-American bar food (with S.F. twists), and enjoy one of the best on-tap beer selections in the Castro. And they’re hoping to be open in time for the World Series this fall.

Not to be confused with Hi-Tops, a sports bar in Chicago.

If this catches on, your sports bar could suddenly declare itself gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  1. durrsaster - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Haha I love the Seinfeld quote at the end. I just watched that episode today

  2. jimguida - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    But everyone always forgets the next line:

    “No, of course not!”

  3. worldwidebleater - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Sounds like the kind of place a third year NFL quarterback could try his first beer, and maybe have his first sexual experience. God Bless.

  4. jeffw - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I’d go there to watch a game. But I will NOT be picking up any quarters!!!