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Hi -Tops

The city's first gay sports bar, Hi-Tops gets packed every weekday evening—and all day on weekends—with softball leagues and posses of friends who shout at giant video screens while downing pitchers of beer and plates of garlic fries. This is by far the loudest bar in the Castro, especially when the Giants or 49ers are playing, and it's next to impossible to order a cocktail without yelling at the bartender. The crowd makes no compunction about getting messy—earning the bar the nickname "Low Bottoms"—but if you're seriously into sports and dig sweaty jocks, you'll fit right in.


Venue name: Hi-Tops
Address: 2247 Market St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Noe and Sanchez Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 4pm–midnight; Thu, Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 10am–2am; Sun 10am–midnight
Transport: Metro to Castro/streetcar F /Bus 24, 37
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