Booze Hound: Sip, Sip and Dance, Dance at Tap Tap
|Left to right: Soley, Prestige beer, and Tropical Rhum Punch|
Inside, Manno Charlemagne and his band jam through "The Birthday Song" stirring up a private party for a blond girl and her blond friends while I sit, hidden around the corner in an adjacent room, taking part from afar. With me, there are two saints and an infant king watching from the walls and three Ayisyen drinks -- a stubby bottle of Prestige beer, one Soley, and a Tropical Rhum Punch -- sweating on the table.
The Prestige is an American-style lager brewed at the Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti in Porte-Au-Prince. A World Beer Cup winner, it's clean and crisp and costs only four bucks a bottle. Meanwhile, the Soley (triple sec, raw sugar, passion fruit juice) and Tropical Rhum Punch (guava, soursop, mango, papaya, passion fruit juices) are $7 Tap Tap cocktails spiked with three-star Barbancourt Rhum -- or, if you're feeling haute, the five-star for an extra dollar.
So I finish my drinks and the blond girls dance, dance, and Manno shifts back to "Birthday" after wrapping one of his originals. I move out to the front patio and the scenesters are gone. But there's always a new batch of tourists with the truck. It's time for another round.