Walk down Olympia’s Capitol Boulevard in the evening, and you may hear the familiar jingle of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” or a lively chorus of people singing “Hey Jude. Just follow the upbeat melody to Tipsy Piano Bar, where the tunes and tasty tidbits are plentiful.

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Local musician David Christensen warms up for his Tipsy debut. Live music at Tipsy is every evening, usually from about 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Photo courtesy: Tipsy Piano Bar

Since first opening a year ago, Tipsy Piano Bar has been a popular spot downtown for nightlife, specialty cocktails, beer and, of course, music. Now they’re expanding their hours and bringing in the daytime crowd with both brunch and lunch offerings.

Tipsy is now serving a weekday lunch menu that’s in tune with their comfort-food repertoire. Try one of their four salad options, or one of several wraps and sandwiches. The fish and chips are a staff favorite. The cod is sourced daily from Olympia Seafood Company, and all the bread comes from Wagner’s Bakery.

“We definitely try to keep it as local as possible that way everything is fresh.” says Chandra, who works as a server at Tipsy. “And we’re a locally owned business so we want to be supportive of other locally owned establishments in town.”

Make sure to save room after lunch for some deliciously crispy beignets, those are made in-house from scratch.

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The classic turkey wrap, fish and chips, and cranberry delight salad are just a few of the new lunch items on menu. Photo courtesy: Tipsy Piano Bar

On weekends, brunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The country fried steak and the biscuits and gravy are two well-liked and well-portioned plates. For something southern inspired, go for the shrimp and grits, served either fried or blackened with peppered grits. Or for a more locally inspired dish, the cedar plank salmon, served with poached egg and breakfast potatoes, is chef and kitchen manager Sean’s favorite. The new brunch menu includes other classic style brunch foods, and the servers can help you customize your order to your liking.

“We’re definitely excited to start brunch,” says co-owner Jonas. “We wanted to do it from the beginning.”

And brunch is even better when accompanied by a Tipsy cocktail. Orange juice, Proseco, hibiscus and blood orange liqueur combine into the perfectly sip-able Tipsy mimosa. The Mary is Tipsy’s bloody keys cocktail with a twist; with four prawns, bacon, pickles, celery, green beans, and asparagus.

If happy hour is more your tempo, stop by for an after-work reprieve Tuesday through Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for specials on drinks and food. The Mrs. Collins, made with gin, honeybush liqueur and an orange slice is a super refreshing and light drink perfect for a warm day. And the honeybush liqueur is one of many flavors that are sourced from Salish Sea Organic Liquors, a local company based in Lacey.

Top it off with Mama Becky’s hush puppies, made with jalapenos. The recipe comes from the mother of Tipsy’s first chef. In fact, many of the recipes at Tipsy are home recipes from people close to or known by the bar. Plus, each weekly cocktail special is created specially by Tipsy bartenders, who take turns composing new concoctions for the bar.

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One of Tipsy’s bartenders, Cherise, serves up the popular Moscow honeyberry cocktail. Photo courtesy: Tipsy Piano Bar

Tipsy is open until 12:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and until 10:00 p.m. Sundays, with live performances most evenings. Their regular menu is available until 9:00 p.m. and includes a variety of American culinary notes, like the Cajun pasta bowl, barbecue fried chicken, or their New Mexico hatch green chile burger.

Tipsy will soon celebrate their one year anniversary. Originally from New Mexico, owners Jonas and Jenna Rodriguez first opened Tipsy on August 10, 2017, along with co-owners Jerry and Malissa Antonelli. Jerry and Malissa were born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Not only are they all business partners, but great friends as well.

Since then, Tipsy has been a fun and positive addition to the downtown community. I loved hanging out there. The warm, rich atmosphere feels classy and fun. And the servers share the same vibe. So cheers to more years of great tastes and tunes at Tipsy Piano Bar.

Follow Tipsy Piano Bar on Instagram and Facebook to learn about their upcoming 1 year anniversary event.

Tipsy Piano Bar
514 Capitol Way, Olympia
Tuesdays thru Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to varies
Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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