News / Best of the Boat 2011: Tap House Sports Grill
Saturday, February 18, 2012
First Place: Best Wings, Best Place to Watch the Game
Second Place: Best Beer Selection
Most guys are happy with one large-screen, high-definition TV. Gary Saxe has more than 50, and he’s always looking to upgrade.
Saxe, co-owner of The Tap House Sports Grill, swears there’s not a bad seat in the house. With so many TVs, how could there be?
The Tap House has come a long way since Saxe first took over the space in August 1998. The downstairs location on Lincoln Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets was a Buffalo Wild Wings at the time. Saxe kept the wings but spent the ensuing years building a restaurant and bar with a reputation of being family friendly and affordable.
He and business partner Melissa Baker ensure that their staff keeps even the most passionate sports-viewing customers in mind. “We worry about getting them a table first,” Saxe says. “The TV is the easy part.”
With subscriptions to NFL Sunday Ticket and the March Madness package, Tap House is the place to be on Sundays each fall and for those special couple of weeks of college basketball every March and April.
But there’s a sport that takes place 52 weeks a year that keeps Tap House busiest: Wing Day. Each Tuesday, the restaurant offers its wings with nine varieties of locally made sauces for 33 cents apiece. Wing Day has evolved into a social event in Steamboat, with the restaurant going through 6,000 wings every Tuesday — 2 to 3 tons of wings a month.
Wash them down with any of the 21 beers on tap — the largest draft selection in Steamboat. It’s little wonder why Tap House was voted Best Wings, Best Place to Watch the Game and runner-up for Best Beer Selection.