Pros: Great Queso Dip, good draft beer and cider selection.
Cons: Food quality is not always consistent.
The Bottom Line: This is a great place to go with friends. The ambiance lends itself to a good time being had by all!
Rated in 2004 as having the BEST Shepherd's Pie in Dallas, The Tipperary Inn, or as regulars call it "The Tip" has had its share of ups and downs.
I've been going there for about ten years and have seen a lot of change. I was first drawn in by friends to hear a Celtic band--Six Mile Bridge. The stage area was small but the house was packed. The first menu item that I gained a fondness for was the Guiness Queso and Chips. It seems an anachronism to serve Queso (more commonly found in Mexican restaurants) but The Tip's spin on this dip has a rich flavor that makes one scrape every last bit out of the bowl and often order more.
We'd go very often, enjoying the live music and the fun crowd of regulars that would fill the place with lively and interesting people.
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Then there was a remodel. . . The entrances changed and the band space was altered. The prices went up on the food items although the nice selection of draft ales seemed fairly constant with not much price increase. The remodel seemed to take off some of the "pub" feel and pushed toward upscale with darker wood and some polished brass. The place didn't seem to be as much fun. The Colcannon (cabbage and mashed potatoes) was still really good. I don't care for cabbage, but the mix was just enough to be a nice warm thing to have on one's stomach before pouring in a lot of ale (those days I was drinking Harp). I wasn't as thrilled with the choices of live music; the bands I loved either broke up or seemed to move on. I still wanted to go there for my birthday, and if it was a weekend night, we still had to get there pretty early to get a big table together.
Then one day the place was closed. I would drive by and look very suspiciously at the space. The sign was still there, the place was just shut down. It stayed that way for some time and I mourned the end of an era and wistfully relegated The Tipperary Inn to a fond memory.
THEN, a while back, a friend called and very excitedly exclaimed that The Tip was back in business. We HAD to go. Once again the interior had been shifted about. There was a distinct division between the pub and the restaurant. The band space and the dart boards switched locations. The menu was very similar and my favorite Shepherd's pie was the same generous serving and wonderful mesh of flavors that sets my standard of comparison when I try it anywhere else.
The Tip started a nice "happy hour" with inexpensive well drinks and my group of rowdy art friends found it a consistently fun place to go after work. We also found out about the karaoke on Monday nights. I've rarely had as much fun. The Guiness Queso was wonderful as ever and I picked up a taste for the fish and chips. The beer battered cod served piping hot was always wonderful.
The most recent incarnation of The Tip has a regular schedule of events. I've caught several of them and always have a good time.
MONDAY: Karaoke with Markham (the website says he's looking for the next American Idol)
TUESDAY: Pub Trivia - The competitors get louder as the night goes on!
WEDNESDAY: Texas Hold Em Poker (On the patio side)
3rd WEDNESDAY of the Month: Beer 101 for the education of the patrons and the opportunity to sample locally available brews.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY: Live Celtic music with no cover. (This seems to be trending back up)
SUNDAY Open Mic Night: First and Third Sunday nights.
We were there last week. The food was off. I had the Killarney Stuffed Potato with corned beef & cabbage and the corned beef was still cold. The owner Tim was running himself ragged which makes me think they were short staffed. He quickly replaced the Potato with Welsh Rarebit which hit the spot. The music was wonderful though and my drink of choice (Woodchuck cider and currant) was tasty.
In the busy urban city of Dallas, it's refreshing to find a place that has a feeling of "neighborhood." It's a stark contrast to the many cloned chain restaurants that are gathered every few miles along the highway.
School is almost out for summer. I think I'll be spending some time at my favorite local "pub."
5815 Live Oak St. (at Skillman) Dallas, TX 75214 (214) 821-6500
Kid Friendliness: Yes Vegetarian Friendly: Yes Notes, Tips or Menu Recommendations Go early for a good seat on Friday or Saturday. The Guiness Queso and Shepherd''s Pie are always good. The Guiness Gouda burger is yummy. Go early for happy hour and stay for great Celtic music. Best Suited For: Friends