Jazz lovers have a new home at Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio, the mid-Market cocktail haven that opens tonight. The concept is a mash-up of owner Jay Bordeleau's (Maven) passions, combining live jazz, carefully mixed cocktails and food from chef Joey Elenenterio (Wayfare Tavern, Chez TJ).
Located on an unassuming block of Fell Street (right where it intersects with Market), the bar is something of a hideaway, with a distinct lack of windows that add to the "underground" ambiance. Designed by G. Paoletti Design Lab (also behind Maven, Per Diem and Scotland Yard), the space is meant to evoke a moody take on old school jazz clubs in Chicago and Shanghai. And because live music is the crown jewel, the seating is designed for maximum music appreciation, offering bar stools, high-top bar tables, and lower seats right up front, while artist Amanda Lynn's serves as back-drop for the intimate stage. There'll be live music every night, including a variety of jazz styles and musicians.
The cocktail menu is closely curated, offering ten drinks from bar director Chase Williamson (Maven, Prospect, Nopa). Cocktails like the Equator , made with rum, coffee honey, lime, hellfire bitters, and the Well Done, with bourbon, punt e mes, tawny port, barrel aged maple, are the main attraction, with a few beer and wine options for good measure. Food, from the talented Elenterio, is a short menu of nine items, intended to stand up against the boozy cocktails. Snacks like a housemade cool ranch snack mix with marcona almonds, corn nuts, pepitas and dried pineapple lead into larger dishes like a patty melt with griddled onions. Those wishing for a more extensive sampling of Elenterio's food stay tuned for Cadence, the upcoming (and adjacent) restaurant from Elenterio and Bordeleau that is slated to open in January 2016.
Starting tonight, Mr. Tipples will be open from 5 p.m.- 1 a.m., seven days a week.