Last week, we previewed the food and cocktail menus at MR. TIPPLE’S RECORDING STUDIO, and now it’s time to take a look around the space. The official opening is tonight, Tuesday December 15th. Owner Jay Bordeleau (Maven) brought on G. Paoletti Design Lab to design this jazzy nightclub in Mid-Market, which serves craft cocktails ($12 each) from bar director Chase Williamson (Maven, Prospect, Nopa) and well-conceived bar snacks from chef Joey Elenterio (previously Wayfare Tavern, Chez TJ), like a pulled mushroom sandwich, lumpia, and a patty melt.
The 2,400-square-foot space features a bar (with 12 seats), a floor-level stage fronted by tables with room for 12 (plus some high-top tables farther back, with room for 32), and a semi-private lounge called the Opium Den (fits up to 15)—there are 80 seats in all. The look was inspired by 1930s colonial Shanghai and 1950s Chicago blues. Some details include a dark wood coffered ceiling, wood-inlaid concrete floors, and you’ll notice the glowing bar has a dark wood-framed glass bar top that is underlit.
The nightly live jazz will span acts like Manteca Latin Quartet, Le Jazz Hot, Jason Gillenwater Trio, and the Ed Chow Quintet. And there’s never a cover. So the next time you come out of an SFJAZZ show and you don’t want the night to end, you know exactly where to go. Open nightly 5pm-1am. 39 Fell St. at Van Ness.
The main room at Mr. Tipples. Photo by Michael David Rose.