Small Business Awards 2013: Hi Tops

The city's first gay sports bar hits a homerun with our Culture Champion Award

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2012 was a Hi point for SF sports.
PHOTO VIA HI TOPS FACEBOOK PAGE

Would there have been a better time for an explicitly gay sports bar to open in SF than late 2012? You can bet your sweet basketballs there would not. First the Giants win the World Series, packing Castro's spanking new Hi Tops with fans eager for some specialty drafts, juicy burgers, and same-sex camaraderie. The Niners hit the Super Bowl, and a groundbreaking pic of kissing male fans in Hi Tops' gorgeously retro ball-court-locker room interior runs in Sports Illustrated. And now, with the Warriors in the playoffs, two major league basketballers, Jason Collins and Brittney Griner, have come out in very big ways.

But the plan behind Hi Tops' phenomenally successful concept took several years to come to fruition -- in these economic times, a gay sports bar was a bit of a tough sell, even in the Castro. Jesse Woodward, who owns the bar with Dana Gleim and Matt Kajiwara, told us back in November that he wanted to help "reinvigorate the neighborhood's potential by opening it up to different crowds, while still respecting its heritage." Hi Tops draws a mixed crowd of sports enthusiasts with its large-screen TVs and inventive bar menu. But it also attracts those who don't consider themselves sports fans, through its relaxed vibe, creative cocktails, and general sense that this is the cool place to be. Also, it's usually full of hotties.

2247 Market, SF. (415) 551-2500, www.hitopssf.com

Comments

I was suspicious of the concept but I love this bar so much I bought the t-shirt. Good food, relaxed vibe, hot and friendly staff, and shuffleboard!

Posted by Mark Snyder on May. 15, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

This might be a little off the subject,but then again marriage is a business. Some times a small business(short marriages) sometimes a big business( long marriages).
But from the moment I stumbled upon this poem, on the internet, powerfully defending our equal right to marry I've tried to share it with as many people as possible and I hope you do the same. The poem is on a beautiful poster with the scales of justice in the background. The scales are balanced(isn't that what we're fighting for?). But the words! The words through simple common sense simply blow away all opposition to what we're fighting for! As powerful as it is you can read it in less than a minute! To find this poem just Google BECOMING LEGALLY ATTACHED-art prints Becoming Legally Attached is clearly being used to describe what marriage is. Just Two Human Beings Becoming Legally Attached. So, what's the problem? Why all the opposition. Two people LOVE EACH OTHER so they want to BECOME LEGALLY ATTACHED. This shouldn't be a problem for any one. Any way thanks for you time and remember marriage is a business.
Larry Samuel JR>

Posted by GuestLarry Samuel JR. on May. 16, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

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