Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio

4.8
294 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
***Best Jazz Club in the City, by San Francisco Magazine***
Mr. Tipple’s is a craft cocktail bar featuring live jazz.
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Reservations have a 90min time limit from reservation time.
There is a $20/guest min for table service
Mr. Tipple’s heralds back to a 1950s NYC basement. Cozy. Dark. Boozy. The intimate setting features local jazz artists up close and personal. It’s a joint where you come as you are, hear great music, tap your toes, and sip a properly chilled cocktail.
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My name is Mr. Tipple. Just a simple and laughable bloke hailing from London. I run a recording studio. My friends joke that you’ll oft find me spinning cocktails, not reeling tape. After a few too many, I usually just sit back and enjoy the music, having forgotten to hit record. Regardless, the band is always jiving, the whiskey is always cold, and we’re having a smashing good time.

Experiences

  • Live Jazz at Mr. Tipple's Wed&Thur

    $12.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    PROOF OF BOOSTER SHOT WILL BE REQUIRED UPON CHECK IN. Mr. Tipple's now requires all guests, staff, & musicians to be fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED. Band plays from 6.30p-10.30p and does take breaks between sets. Reservations are for 90mins from the START of your reservation time. After 90mins, guests will be asks to move to bar seats or standing room. Food is available from The Fat Cat. Offering Dim Sum style Dumplings. Reservations will be released after 15min. This is a ticket for live music & not a pre-paid-dining credit. 
$20/guest food & beverage minimum. Ticket sales are final. There is an additional $10/guest no show charge. You can reschedule for a future date wherein available. Tables >6 will be sat in our Opium Den Lounge.
  • Live Jazz at Mr. Tipple's Fri&Sat

    $12.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    PROOF OF BOOSTER SHOT WILL BE REQUIRED UPON CHECK IN. Mr. Tipple's now requires all guests, staff, & musicians to be fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED. Reservations are for 90mins from the START of your reservation time. After 90mins, guests will be asked to move to bar seats or standing room. Food is available from The Fat Cat; offering Dim Sum style Dumplings. Reservations will be released after 15min. 
Tables 6 & larger will be sat in our Opium Den Lounge. This is a ticket for live music & not a pre-paid-dining credit. 
$20/guest food & beverage minimum. Ticket sales are final. There is an additional $10/guest no show charge. You can reschedule for a future date wherein available.
  • VIP - Get the good seats!

    $20.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Get the good seats! Great sight lines & best sound in the house. PROOF OF BOOSTER SHOT WILL BE REQUIRED UPON CHECK IN. Mr. Tipple's now requires all guests, staff, & musicians to be fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED. Reservations are for 90mins from the START of your reservation time. After 90mins, guests will be asked to move to bar seats or standing room. Food is available from The Fat Cat; offering Dim Sum style Dumplings. Reservations will be released after 15min. 
Tables >6 will be sat in our Opium Den Lounge. This is a ticket for live music & not a pre-paid-dining credit. 
$20/guest food & beverage minimum. Ticket sales are final. There is an additional $10/guest no show charge. You can reschedule for a future date wherein available.
  • Paula West - 8.30pm - Valentines Night Special

    $75.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    8.30pm Show - Paula West Quartet Also Included: Welcome Toast Glass of Champagne PROOF OF BOOSTER SHOT WILL BE REQUIRED UPON CHECK IN. Mr. Tipple's now requires all guests, staff, & musicians to be fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED. Reservations are for the 8.30p show, after which, the house will be cleared for the later show. Food is available from The Fat Cat; offering Dim Sum style Dumplings. This is a ticket for live music & not a pre-paid-dining credit. 
$20/guest food & beverage minimum. Ticket sales are final. There would be an additional $25/guest no show charge.. You can reschedule for a future date wherein available.
  • Paula West - 8.30pm VIP Table - Valentines Night

    $100.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    VIP Table - 8.30pm Show - Paula West Quartet Also Included: Welcome Toast Glass of Champagne Get the good seats! Great sight lines & best sound in the house. PROOF OF BOOSTER SHOT WILL BE REQUIRED UPON CHECK IN. Mr. Tipple's now requires all guests, staff, & musicians to be fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED. Reservations are for the 8.30p show, after which, the house will be cleared for the later show. Food is available from The Fat Cat; offering Dim Sum style Dumplings. This is a ticket for live music & not a pre-paid-dining credit. 
$20/guest food & beverage minimum. Ticket sales are final. There would be an additional $25/guest no show charge.. You can reschedule for a future date wherein available.
  • Paula West - 10pm - Valentines Night

    $40.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    VIP Table - 10pm Show - Paula West Quartet Also Included: Welcome Toast Glass of Champagne PROOF OF BOOSTER SHOT WILL BE REQUIRED UPON CHECK IN. Mr. Tipple's now requires all guests, staff, & musicians to be fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED. Reservations are for the 8.30p show, after which, the house will be cleared for the later show. Food is available from The Fat Cat; offering Dim Sum style Dumplings. This is a ticket for live music & not a pre-paid-dining credit. 
$20/guest food & beverage minimum. Ticket sales are final. There would be an additional $25/guest no show charge.. You can reschedule for a future date wherein available.
  • Paula West 10pm VIP Table Valentines Night

    $50.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    VIP Table - 10pm Show - Paula West Quartet Also Included: Welcome Toast Glass of Champagne Get the good seats! Great sight lines & best sound in the house. PROOF OF BOOSTER SHOT WILL BE REQUIRED UPON CHECK IN. Mr. Tipple's now requires all guests, staff, & musicians to be fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED. Reservations are for the 8.30p show, after which, the house will be cleared for the later show. Food is available from The Fat Cat; offering Dim Sum style Dumplings. This is a ticket for live music & not a pre-paid-dining credit. 
$20/guest food & beverage minimum. Ticket sales are final. There would be an additional $25/guest no show charge.. You can reschedule for a future date wherein available.
  • Kenya Moses VIP Table 5.30p Valentines

    $20.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    VIP Table - 5.30pm Show - Kenya Moses Quartet Also Included: Welcome Toast Glass of Champagne Get the good seats! Great sight lines & best sound in the house. PROOF OF BOOSTER SHOT WILL BE REQUIRED UPON CHECK IN. Mr. Tipple's now requires all guests, staff, & musicians to be fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED. Reservations are for the 8.30p show, after which, the house will be cleared for the later show. Food is available from The Fat Cat; offering Dim Sum style Dumplings. This is a ticket for live music & not a pre-paid-dining credit. 
$20/guest food & beverage minimum. Ticket sales are final. There would be an additional $25/guest no show charge.. You can reschedule for a future date wherein available.
  • Kenya Moses 5.30pm Valentines Night

    $15.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    5.30pm Show - Kenya Moses Quartet Also Included: Welcome Toast Glass of Champagne PROOF OF BOOSTER SHOT WILL BE REQUIRED UPON CHECK IN. Mr. Tipple's now requires all guests, staff, & musicians to be fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED. Reservations are for the 8.30p show, after which, the house will be cleared for the later show. Food is available from The Fat Cat; offering Dim Sum style Dumplings. This is a ticket for live music & not a pre-paid-dining credit. 
$20/guest food & beverage minimum. Ticket sales are final. There would be an additional $25/guest no show charge.. You can reschedule for a future date wherein available.
  • Kenya Moses VIP Table 7pm Show Valentines Night

    $50.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    VIP Table - 7pm Show - Kenya Moses Quartet Also Included: Welcome Toast Glass of Champagne PROOF OF BOOSTER SHOT WILL BE REQUIRED UPON CHECK IN. Mr. Tipple's now requires all guests, staff, & musicians to be fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED. Reservations are for the 8.30p show, after which, the house will be cleared for the later show. Food is available from The Fat Cat; offering Dim Sum style Dumplings. This is a ticket for live music & not a pre-paid-dining credit. 
$20/guest food & beverage minimum. Ticket sales are final. There would be an additional $25/guest no show charge.. You can reschedule for a future date wherein available.
  • Kenya Moses 7pm Show Valentines Night

    $30.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    7pmpm Show - Kenya Moses Quartet Also Included: Welcome Toast Glass of Champagne PROOF OF BOOSTER SHOT WILL BE REQUIRED UPON CHECK IN. Mr. Tipple's now requires all guests, staff, & musicians to be fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED. Reservations are for the 8.30p show, after which, the house will be cleared for the later show. Food is available from The Fat Cat; offering Dim Sum style Dumplings. This is a ticket for live music & not a pre-paid-dining credit. 
$20/guest food & beverage minimum. Ticket sales are final. There would be an additional $25/guest no show charge.. You can reschedule for a future date wherein available.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 294 people are saying
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kristineS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Such a fun place to grab a cocktail (they were so good) and listen to some live jazz. A wonderful experience!

MD
MarcD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Very warm service with fine music. very meaty manhattans!

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GabrielB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mr. Tipple's was a really great night. Good food, great music, awesome staff. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a deal! $100 for 3 drinks, a ton of food, a great band, and amazing ambiance!!! Wish it had been a little longer and warmer. 10/10 would go again!

MB
MartinB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like Jazz, this is the place. Great energy with attentive staff. Crafted drinks and interesting food - primarily dim sum and dumplings, clay pot rice with short ribs, tofu or cod. The food is good but go for the outstanding music.

ML
vipMarkL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience5

Great place, music, service and ambience, fills a real niche. The only downside is that the food service really needs to be upgraded. The menu is limited to dim sum, and the quality is just okay. With the addition of a kitchen and an improved menu this place could be a gem for years to come.

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JeffT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience5

The website says: "Music from 6:30 - 10:30" but the band stopped playing at 9:30. We were only able to see an hour of music. :-(

Otherwise, great place, great drinks, great music!

Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio
Responded on January 8, 2022

Hello Jeff- Yes, you are correct. We ended the music early the night you visited as it was very slow. We refunded your cover charge. Looking forward to next time wherein we can share some more music.

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vipKennethN
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a great time spent at the venue. Thanks to the staff, Brian and his trio too.

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clairef
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday. Loved the drinks and the food and the music. Will return.

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ValerieR
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! Food, drinks and service. Perfect

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AngelaH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

We don’t recommend a 7:30 reservation slot as we got to see about 30 minutes of music in total and an hour of cleanup/setup. Super disappointing. We were chased away from our table after only the first two songs of the main act and the bar area was too full to comfortably stand. 90 minutes is too short when you have switch overs. Probably won’t be back. Was a stressful experience.

MK
MadisonK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience here! The music and ambience altogether made for a night out very well spent, not to mention the fantastic cocktails/food. Staff was very friendly and welcoming as well. Will definitely be recommending this spot to others.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy. Fun. Cool. Romantic. Delicious. If you like those words then you should go to this place. Do yourself a favor.

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vipLDSP
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were running ten minutes late, so they allowed us to order by text, and the food was ready when we arrived. Amazing! The veg and lamb (steamed) dumplings were very good (7 per plate), and the bay sandwiches were huge. We finished with a hot pot of a small layer of rice, tons of fresh mushrooms, and very tender spare ribs. Would not recommend the coffee, and no espresso available, but the cocktails and cocktails were fantastic. 20% service charge added automatically, so no need to figure out a tip, etc. Will return.

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vipTopGradeMeat
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was a beautiful evening listening to live jazz in an intimate classy setting. Unfortunately, although our roasted duck and pork belly nap was delicious, it took almost an hour to arrive at our table after asking if this dish would ever arrive. I will most definitely return ….I wasn’t there for the food, I was there to support live jazz and it was worth it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, music and ambience. Will definitely go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It was good

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MarieJ
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really really great night - lounge jazz club with good artists - good food - would go back without hesitating!

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JordanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved taking my date here for a Jazz night. We booked a table and were seated right in front of the stage. Great production, drinks were great, I highly recommend the cat drink. It was so cute.

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CynthiaT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My partner and I visit Mr. Tipple’s for date night every couple of months and we always have a wonderful experience! The staff is outstanding and the music is always on point!

JM
JMSil
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Awesome venue for live jazz

Great drinks. Amazing customer service. Highly recommend to any jazz lovers.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went here for with on a Friday around 7 PM to celebrate an anniversary with a group of 5. The ambiance is great, very classy but relaxed, and the table arrangement provides great views of the band throughout. Service and cocktails were excellent, 5 stars. I’ve had better dim sum but theirs was still quite good and I’d order it again. Highly recommend.

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Tasha
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved Mr. Tipple's. Perfect for a romantic evening. Would definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 1 yr. anniversary and it was a phenomenal experience! Highly recommend.

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Osayame
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good jazz and vibes. Definitely recommend for a low key date night.

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vipccrider
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

very fun place - great music, great vibe - definitely will go back

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music, great drinks, great food (dim sum). Really nice experience.

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christina
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. First time to be in an intimate evening socially since 3/15/2020. I hope everyone remains healthy, safe, and no one experiences any symptoms of Covid from this event. Food was especially outstanding. Thank you for making quality food for us while enjoy fantastic show last night.

MK
MariaK
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Mr. Tipple's! The bands are always great, love the atmosphere. Servers are attentive and on top of things. Food is good!

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JuliaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Mr. Tipples was outstanding, and the live music and ambiance made for a delightful night out. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible jazz, food and ambience. Perfect date spot!

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Niki
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Nice club but the people don’t come here to listen to music. They come to talk and they don’t allow those serious jazz listeners to enjoy the performance. The food was OK the service was great but again the noise was atrocious. Go to Yoshi’s in Oakland or some other place but if you’re a jazz enthusiast you’ll be sorely disappointed with the level of noise that comes from the clientele.

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vipAndreaW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great music in an intimate venue with decent dim sum. I appreciate that they carefully check vaccine status. Go here!

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JAYEE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

I use to love Mr. Tipples pre-pandemic. This was my first time back. I was happy to see the vibe is still the same. I was also pleasantly surprised that the drinks have been enhanced. The only complaint was the food. I miss the soul food. Please bring the chicken and waffles back. Please and Thank you

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Ananya
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience! The Cosmo Alley Cats were incredible, lots of energy in the room! Food and drinks were both superb, would definitely come back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This was incredible - what a hidden gem. The people were great, only piece that has an opp for improvement is that they only have 1 stove so food took a bit. Otherwise, drinks were amazing and so was the music. Could absolutely see myself going here frequently!

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Reac
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience5

I was disappointed when the musicians did not acknowledge my request. It wasn’t a busy night and it’s a Wednesday. It was my birthday and Jazz is my thing every year to do for celebration. Mr Tipples even charge to get in which I don’t mind but just disappointed. Like I said it’s just a request and it wasn’t busy so I was just really hoping to be granted. Maybe they can use this for next customer so they can make someone be happy or special that night.

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SamuelC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great music, great drinks, and a great atmosphere!

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frantic
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic. Great music, great ambiance, great drinks.

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TobiasW
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, and GREAT music -- Rob Reich Jazz Quartet. We'll be returning -- often.

FAQs

Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio is rated 4.8 stars by 294 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.