Simpsons fans will recognize the name of the rival bar that tried to buy the secret ingredient to the "Flaming Moe" for $1,000,000. Tipsy McStaggers is now a reality in Warren, and they've got a cartoonishly oversized burger to match the cartoon-inspired name.
Open for almost a year now, Tipsy McStaggers is an Irish pub for the A.D.D. generation. They've got all the Michigan lottery games and Keno, seven plasma TVs for all the sporting events and karaoke five nights a week. There are enough flashing lights, spinning wheels and oversized foods to keep the attention of even the most easily distracted adult child.
During the day, they are a restaurant. All food is homemade. There is no frozen dough, no frozen fries, no frozen anything. The fries are fresh-cut. The chicken wings are huge, fat, meaty wings that look like they came from an actual chicken (instead of the pigeon wings you get at most places). They make their own pizza dough and bread.
Then there is the Tipsy Tower.
The Tipsy Tower consists of two artisan buns, four burger patties, five cheeses, four strips of bacon, four slices of onion, lettuce and tomato served with a basket of fries, coleslaw and two pickles. Take the "Tipsy Tower Challenge" and finish the whole thing – including the sides – in 15 minutes and you eat for free, get your picture on the wall of fame and a T-shirt that says "I Toppled the Tipsy Tower." But most importantly, you get bragging rights after shoveling three pounds of food into your mouth in less time than it takes to for Homer to say "D'oh!" in any given episode.
They've got daily $5 lunch specials every Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which includes a burger (not THAT burger) and fries, a small pizza, chicken wings and more. You can also get a burger and brew for $5. If you're throwing a party, pick up one of the giant combo packages – a large pizza, large Tipsy bread and large antipasto salad for only $25 (feeds 4-6).
"We don't know how to do anything small here!" says day manager Jo Ann Sikora. No kidding.
At night the party gets rowdy when they start spinning their Power Hour Wheel every hour on the hour. $2 and $3 shot specials each hour, with twice-daily lotteries (at 12:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.) where they give away pre-loaded Tipsy cards with money you can spend on future trips. Come in for happy hour Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and get $2 23-oz. drafts, $2 domestic bottles and $2.50 well drinks.
They'll be celebrating their one-year anniversary on June 18 and, much like everything else they do here, it's going to be huge. There will be plenty of leprechaun-green Tipsy Tart shots flowing, but don't worry – the secret ingredient is NOT cough syrup, and they're quite tasty. | RDW
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7280 E. 12 Mile Rd., Warren • 586.806.4481