San Francisco-based Hi Tops is West Hollywood’s newest watering hole. Last May, Hi Tops owners took over Bar 10 and made the 2,700 square feet bar closely resemble the original Bay Area location. The LGBTQ-friendly sports bar opens tonight.
Co-owners Jesse Woodward and Dana Gleim are introducing some new food items for this WeHo spot, along with its most popular dishes from SF. Woodward describes the menu as “gourmet stadium food,” including cauliflower on a stick, a pork chop on a stick, grain bowls, nachos, along with burgers and sandwiches.
As for the drinks, the SF Hi Tops names drinks after Bay Area athletes. So here in West Hollywood, they’ve followed suit. The Left Arm of God cocktail is named after Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax. The Magic Hour or The Claw cocktails shouldn’t require much explanation for Angelenos. “Our drink menu has something for everyone, with fresh juices, purees, and cordials,” says Woodward. “We make everything at the bar or the kitchen, with nothing bottled or stale. It’s all fresh.”
The massive patio is ideal for people-watching on the pedestrian-heavy Santa Monica Boulevard between San Vicente and Robertson. On this same block, there’s a significant transformation underway. Just across the street, Beaches Bar and Grill opened in January, while Lisa Vanderpump’s Tom Tom began slinging cocktails only a few weeks ago. Many are hopeful that the long-awaited Bottega Louie WeHo opens soon after more than two years of construction. For those still pining for Bar 10, it will eventually reopen in Downtown in a collaboration with club promoter and coordinator of Pershing Square’s Proud Festival, Andres Rigal.
Hi Tops opens tonight at 6 p.m. Regular hours are Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.