Thursty: Almost in Tip Tap shape

What's on tap for the night? A lot, actually at the Tip Tap Room.

It used to be that when a restaurant opened it would have a grace period to find its groove and traditional reviewers would wait until things had settled to render a verdict. Now that we’re all reviewers, firing off images of dishes to Instagram and chiming in on the glut of industry blogs, that’s no longer the case. Complicating things for the Tip Tap Room, which opened last month, is that the establishment has been so busy from the jump that it’s had to work out its issues on the fly. Nobody even had time to put together a cocktail list. I might quibble with that oversight, but when the beer (36 taps, 100 total) and whiskey list is so extensive, who wants a cocktail anyway?

There are reasons for the rush at this, the second reclamation project from chef Brian Poe, who previously turned the Rattlesnake from a bro-y slop hole into a surprisingly decent place to eat. For starters, the Beacon Hill/Government Center neighborhood is a wasteland of quality, so neighbors are starved for something new. 

“I do enjoy all the neighbors as far as the restaurants are concerned,” Poe says. “But I think there’s a need for, not high-end, but … good food. That’s what we’re trying to do.” 

Poe is, in fact, doing interesting things with dishes that might get lesser attention elsewhere, like a potato, bacon and fried oyster appetizer finished with beer cheese sauce and picked Serano pico, to name one beer-soaking bar snack. It’s the type of food, largely focused on “tips” of swordfish, steak, chicken, lamb and specials like an ostrich dish, that’s priced for a young, drinking-minding crowd.

What does it all mean? Who cares?

Inside Tip Tap, the open space is bright (a little too much) and boisterous (ditto), with large garage doors that open onto the busy Cam-bridge street. The good news is, the young crowd is availing themselves of the wide selection of quality brews, like the super bitter Green Flash IPA or the malty Bel-gium-brewed Scotch Silly ale. Whiskeys and tequilas are well-represented as well. I tried a Breaking and Entering bourbon from Califor-nia’s St. George Spirits, which starts out hot, but mellows into a warm cara-mel, and Rhode Island’s Uprising Whiskey, distilled by a friend of Poe’s, that almost drinks like a spicy tequila. This isn’t a sophisticated chin-stroking bar where you’ll have much room to contemplate the “meaning” of your drinks, but it’s not supposed to be.

If you go

The Tip Tap Room
138 Cambridge St., Boston

Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any opinions expressed on its pages.


New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…


Future Boston Alliance invites you to #RidetheLine, support…

#RidetheLine aims to show the city, the nation, and the globe our creative impact as Boston citizens.


(Update) Body of missing BU grad Eric Munsell…

The dead man pulled from the water at Boston's Long Wharf Wednesday afternoon was that of missing 24-year-old Boston University alumnus Eric Munsell, Boston Police said today.


On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."


Championship of Collegiate a Cappella: Students who are…

Tickets to this Saturday’s International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella reportedly sold out within 11 hours of going on sale.


M.I.A. talks 'Matangi,' divinity, spontaneity and holograms

"There’s pressure for me to become a theatrical production like 'Glee,' or something" says M.I.A., "It’s like, 'the pressure’s on, bitches.'"


Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.


NHL video highlights: Bruins edge Red Wings in…

NHL video highlights: Bruins edge Red Wings in overtime of Game 4


MLB video highlights: Yankees rout Red Sox, 14-5

Felix Doubront struggles for second time in five starts


Jason Collins named to Time's 100 Most Influential…

Jason Collins was named to the list after coming out as the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game.


2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version


New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.


From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.


Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.


MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.