Here's a new bar that's either going to make a lot of people happy or scare off anyone who had too many late night basement viewings of It: Topsy's Fun House has quietly opened on Kearny Street in the Financial District to finally fill the niche of clown-themed bars in San Francisco. A niche we didn't even know needed filling.
Topsy's is a reference to Topsy's Roost, which Tablehopper describes as:
... an absolutely bonkers restaurant and dance club that used to be at Playland at-the-Beach: the multilevel space had people eating in chicken “roosts and coops” and riding slides to the dance floor in the center of the room. Yes, it was fricking amazing.
Naturally, the bar is the brainchild of Angela Bisesi and Steve Schefsky, who also brought us Playland on Polk Street, which is notable for both it's bottle service setup and cameo appearances on MTV's Real World Ex-Plosion. Topsy's is a even more over-the-bigtop, though and features dizzying funhouse mirrors, a shiny tin ceiling and colorful harlequin walls. If you look up at the ceiling you can even peer into a clown's apartment, which is not something we've ever really cared to do before now.
Alongside the clownish, coulrophobia-inducing decor, cocktails hit the now-standard pricepoints of $9 - $12 for things like a George Whitney Margarita or a Basil Hayden's-based Old Flame with bourbon and a flaming absinthe flourish. When the bar's kitchen gets running, you can expect classic San Francisco fare like crab Louie, It's-Its (!!) and chicken and waffles. At some point in the future they'll even start tapping their own line of beer under the Fog Hog Brewhouse label. The kitchen will also be open late, which is a wonderful new trend we're starting to see around town.