Just opened by the folks behind one of the 'Loin's most beloved Korean dive bars, Hi Lo Club's a new Polk St tipplery -- housed in a space that at different times has been a furniture shop, cafe, and neon sign store (!!... no, wait...?) -- with a now faux-industrial interior featuring salvaged tin ceiling tiles, cable-car-benched booths, and a massive iron girder that's actually made of wood, no joak
The bar program's focused on unpretentious 'tails, with improved versions of classics including the Gin-Gimlet-esque Gunsmoke (w/ cayenne pepper) and the Buster Brown, which's essentially a sour-er version of an Old Fashioned, or what your mom resentfully gives your dad on his birthday. But wait, there's more: they'll have an extensive list of Belgian and German bottles, 12 taps carrying an all-California lineup (Trumer, Firestone, Rasputin, Lost Abbey…), and tap takeovers (plus visits!) from a handful of notable brewers -- no, not you Randy Wolf
Also awesome: come Fall they'll ratchet up an old-timey, lever-operated coffee press that won't be served at the bar, but will be served at a street-facing window, silly!