Celebrate the 80th Birthday of Tap Room Bartender Tiger

May 22, 2013

Visit Hotel Congress on any given day and poke your head inside the Tap Room. You’ll find Tom Ziegler, TigerTurns80-web-420x260better known as Tiger, bustling about behind the bar, pouring drinks and telling jokes to the regulars that come to visit him. Tiger has been a mainstay at the Tap Room for the last fifty-four years – and this year, he turns 80.

On Thursday, May 28 at 5pm, Hotel Congress invites the public to celebrate Tiger’s 80th birthday! With 80-cent wells in the Tap Room and a birthday cake topped with 80 lit candles, all are welcome to wish Tiger the happiest of birthdays.

Tiger is the Tap Room. His constant presence is one reason the space has become so iconic over the last half-century. As a special birthday surprise, the Tap Room will be officially be renamed “Tiger’s Tap Room” and a new, bright blue neon sign baring Tiger’s namesake will be revealed. Shhhhhh! Don’t tell Tiger!

Tiger started bartending at the Tap Room in the 50s, when it was the only bar at Hotel Congress. He served Coors and Budweiser for fifteen cents a glass, and mixed drinks for twenty-five cents.

“I just love the Hotel Congress. I love my ladies because they’re not bothered by the men unless they want to be, and I like the university kids that come here – they’re always ladies and gentleman. They’re nice kids,” says Tiger. “My co-workers are like a big happy family. I love coming here to work every day.”