Bar10 WeHo is closing on July 8th. The restaurant and bar, which opened in 2015, is changing ownership. New sports bar, Hi Tops Los Angeles, is taking over the space as early as August.
“As many of you know we have changed ownership and this coming weekend of July 7th and 8th will be our last as Bar 10,” reads a post on their official Facebook page. We’re so proud to have been part of Weho for the last few years, and are so grateful to all the great people who have come out and supported us, and of course to our amazing staff.”
The space located at 8933 Santa Monica Blvd., is just across the street from Emerson’s Co. Locksmith, which also closed this week after being in the area for 50 years. The restaurant bar, known for its events like Karaoke Mondays, CROWN Drag Thursdays and Brunchyoncé will be shutting down to do some renovations. According to a staff member, some of the original Bar10 employees will return to work under the new ownership, while others may be forced to find new jobs while they wait for renovations before the new opening.
“We have such a good family here,” Bar10 WeHo bartender, Jeremy Thurber, told WEHO TIMES. “All the staff hangs out together all the time. We’re really good friends. Everything changes around here. I used to work at Eleven [Nightclub] and that was sad. That was the spot. A lot of us from Eleven now work here. You just have to keep moving and keep a positive attitude. You have to.”
“The bar opened in 2015, which is literally my first year Los Angeles,” bartender Daniel Hernandez added. “This is my first job here”. It’s so hard to find work in Los Angeles, so I’m definitely coming back. We already met the owners and they seem nice. The place is going to be like a sports bar. It’ll be like an 80s sports theme. I’m gonna grow out an 80s handlebar mustache and wear short shorts.”
WEHO TIMES was at Bar10 for their final CROWN drag show with hostess Melissa Befierce and DJ Cazwell on Thursday, July 5. The night was festive with some reflective moments. Everyone raised their glass to make a toast to Bar10 and all its great moments these past few years. The patrons were also feeling especially generous on that final drag Thursday night. At one point hostess Melissa held out two $50 bills with disbelief. “Oh my God, I just got $100! Thank you so much! I can buy myself something nice. Make sure you report this to the IRS. I’m going to invest it wisely until I get my next gig.”
The original Hi Tops Bar debuted in San Francisco in 2012. The gay sports bar will give the Gym Bar located down the street a good run with their sporty themes. Hi Tops will have sport games featured in multiple TVs; they plan to serve quality bar food, as well as the occasionally topless male bartenders. The bar will also host a trivia night, and a themed evening called gym night where drinkers dress as wrestlers in exchange for free shots.
Eater Los Angeles reports that Bar 10 isn’t closing just yet. It will eventually move to Downtown Los Angeles where it will collaborate with club promoter and coordinator of Pershing Square’s Proud Festival, Andres Rigal.
Bar10 WeHo plans to go out with a bang on their last weekend with their last weekend brunch, drink specials, free billiards, original cocktails and a menu fit for any foodie.
To learn more about Hi Tops Bar, visit: hitopsbar.com.
Photos by Paulo Murillo