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The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Has Investigated The Tipsy Tavern 11 Times since 2015.

The Tipsy Tavern is a popular bar in Harlingen, TX that has been a longtime spot for sports fans and people stopping by to grab a bite to eat. With that being said, it has had its run-ins with the TABC. Several times, law enforcement agencies have had to step in and report allegations of improper alcohol service due to fights breaking out and minors being served alcohol.

Simply because a Tipsy Tavern location was investigated, it does not mean that they are a location that displays a pattern of violating TABC code. Conversely, if a location has been investigated and investigators determine that they are not in violation of TABC code, that does not mean that the alleged violation did not take place. At times, sufficient evidence required to prove that either criminal or administrative violations occurred is hard to come by. We are simply reporting the locations that were put on the TABC's radar for one reason or another by concerned citizens and law enforcement agencies.

Tipsy Tavern Locations that Have Been Investigated by the TABC


Harlingen - 2230 77S Sunshine Strip Suite 210

Allegation:

On 10/01/2015, an anonymous tipster alleged that this location may have sold alcohol to a person under the age of 21.

Upon further review, TABC investigators did not find enough evidence in order to corroborate the claim and closed the investigation on 10/24/2015 with no criminal or administrative violations found.


Harlingen - 2230 77S Sunshine Strip Suite 210

Allegation:

On 02/04/2016, a law enforcement agency alleged that there had been an intoxicated person over-served alcohol.

TABC officials closed the investigation on 03/07/2016, taking no further action in the matter.


Harlingen - 2230 77S Sunshine Strip Suite 210

Allegation:

On 03/29/2016, it was alleged by a law enforcement agency that there had been minors sold alcohol.

TABC officials closed the investigation after finding that the bar had failed to report a breach of the peace (a fight) and issued a civil penalty on 05/27/2016.


Harlingen - 2230 77S Sunshine Strip Suite 210

Allegation:

On 05/28/2016, a law enforcement agency alleged that one of their bartenders was intoxicated on the job.

Later on 06/28/2016, the investigation was closed with no further action taken.


Harlingen - 2230 77S Sunshine Strip Suite 210

Allegation:

A member of the community alleged on 08/06/2016 that this location had allowed a fight on their premises.

The investigation was closed on 8/10/2016 with no fines levied.


Harlingen - 2230 77S Sunshine Strip Suite 210

Allegation:

On 08/15/2016, a patron of the Tipsy Tavern made allegations that there had been alcohol served to a minor and that the bar had failed to report a "breach of the peace".

A few months later on 11/30/2016, the investigation was closed with no further action taken.


Harlingen - 2230 77S Sunshine Strip Suite 210

Allegation:

On 08/30/2016, a law enforcement agency alleged that this location had sold alcohol to an intoxicated person.

On 11/15/2016, an administrative violation was found, however, the disposition is unknown according to reports.


Harlingen - 2230 77S Sunshine Strip Suite 210

Allegation:

On 07/25/2017, a member of the Harlingen community alleged that this location had sold alcohol to an intoxicated person, refilled alcohol bottles, and substituted alcohol brands without telling customers.

On 10/11/2017, the matter was closed due to lack of corroborating evidence found.


Harlingen - 2230 77S Sunshine Strip Suite 210

Allegation:

On 05/15/2018, allegations arose that an intoxicated person was served alcohol by a Tipsy Tavern bartender.

Later, on 06/12/2018, the TABC investigators closed the matter after being unable to find enough evidence to move forward.


Harlingen - 2230 77S Sunshine Strip Suite 210

Allegation:

On 06/21/2018, it was alleged that this location had over-served a drunk patron.

On 7/10/2018, the investigation was shut down with no further action taken against the bar.


Harlingen - 2230 77S Sunshine Strip Suite 210

Allegation:

On 06/22/2018, the local police alleged that minors were being sold alcohol.

Later, on 6/26/2018, TABC investigators closed the matter after four days of looking into the allegations.


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