Hot Spot: Hi Tops, San Francisco’s gay sports bar

20140410-144753.jpgSan Francisco’s first gay sports bar, Hi Tops, is busier than ever with the start of baseball season. Enjoy a Panda Colada (named for San Francisco slugger Pablo Sandoval) while watching the game(s) or dig into some wings and a corn dog after a scrimmage. The bar has been offering “cold pitchers and hot catchers” since opening in December 2012. Jocks, jockettes and sports fans of all persuasion are welcome.

“I opened Hi Tops because I saw there was a need for a sports bar in the community,” owner and Bay Area native Jesse Woodward says. “I played on a gay basketball league and there was nowhere fun in the Castro to go after the game to eat, talk with your friends, get a drink and check the scores. I wanted to open more than just a bar with a TV in the corner.”

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