The Tip Tap Room
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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 57
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rousee:
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I checked out the Tip Tap Room last night (12/28/12) for the first time and I will definitely be returning. They opened in May or June this past year and I had heard it was quite a scene and difficult to get in due to being overcrowded when it first opened, so I waited for the hype to die down to try it out. Its easy enough to miss walking by as it doesnt have any real prominent signage. You just remember where the old Shangra la was located and this is now the Tip Tap Room.
Mostly hardwood design to the whole interior. Its nice and open and clean looking. I seem to remember it being painted orange at the entrance. The bar is off to the right when you walk in and it seats maybe 15 people- so not overly large and it has small hardwood tables throughout--dining room off to left and a pretty big standing area in the middle of the bar so it can accomodate plenty of people who are there just for drinks.
When they were about to open , there was a lot of press about them specializing in craft beers and various types of meat and game available in tip form as Brian Poe who owns this place ,seems to have some good PR/marketing people working for him. So I look at the beer menu and I am not terribly impressed but then I realize their rotating drafts include about 12 other brands that definitely make a beer geek happy. Brands like Avery, Stone, Bear Republic, Lagunitas, Houblon Chouffe, Oskar Blues, etc. I had a Sierra Nevada celebration ale with my meal and it was delicious as usual.
The food is very good and fairly straightforward. Just enough complexity is added to the dishes to make them memorable but nothing is going to overpower the original core ingredients. This is the kind of approach I appreciate. The service was friendly and attentive enough. The prices are more like 2.5" $$" rather than 2 but I didnt feel it quite hit the $$$ level. Beer prices are about normal for the area. Overall, an excellent addition to the neighborhood. I had many a good time at the divey Shangri la back in the day but its time had gone long ago. I'm looking forward to many return visits to the TTR.
12-29-2012 15:08:04 | More by rousee
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The Tip Tap Room in Boston, MA
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