Formerly: If it's not the Cubs, it's the Bears. If not the Bears, isn't there an NCAA tournament or something? Whatever the season, there's always a game to watch and a beer (or seven) to throw back at this two-story sports joint just steps from Wrigley Field.
Those who weren't quite lucky enough to score tickets to the actual game can rest assured that you can catch it on one of the 50 TVs scattered throughout the space. Despite somewhat dingy environs—sticky tabletops, beer stains and sweaty patrons—hordes of young partiers contribute to the consistently celebratory atmosphere, with help from a bevy of college girls dancing on top of the bar. There's a sprinkling of tall wooden tables, but unless you're an early bird, expect to stand most of the time. On summer nights, the pack spills onto the streets, and the enormous windows on both floors open up for prime views of the Cubs crowds.
The menu offers all sorts of bar delights to soak up the excess of game-day beer in your stomach. Expect the usual suspects—burgers, wings pizza and deli sandwiches, all moderately priced (around $8) and yummy enough to absent-mindedly toss down your throat as you remain glued to the bottom of the ninth on the screen in front of you. Beer is by far the drink of choice, with over 20 drafts and bottles for your drunken pleasure. Expect a slew of drink specials every night week, from $1 drafts to $3 bloody marys and $3.50 you-call-it pints.
Note: Hi-Tops recently joined the Harry Caray Restaurant Group, and plans are underway to convert the space to Harry Caray's Tavern by Opening Day 2008. Until then, you can enjoy some Harry Caray's menu items like the chicken vesuvio sandwich and the NY strip sandwich.
Reviewed By: Emily Browne