The Weekend Guide

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The Tip Tap Room Opens
Rattlesnake’s Brian Poe taps into his world travels, fashioning a protein smorgasbord of “tip” dishes both traditional (sage pepper turkey, mint-marinated lamb) and wild (herbed cedar plank elk, red pepper-rubbed yak, beer-marinated emu).
Why: Cool off with a bourbon cocktail or one of 36 draft brews beside the retractable doors facing Old West Church.
When: Daily, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m.
Where: 138 Cambridge St., Beacon Hill (857-350-3344).

Experiment America
Put your phone to artistic use as text messages lead you to music, dance, and installation performances through all four museum floors.
Why: The concluding first-floor dance party requires only lower-limb dexterity.
When: Fri., 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Fort Point (617-478-3100). Tickets ($20) at emergingamerica.com.

Louis Opens
The beloved boutique sneaks back into its original environs with a 200-foot outpost of Marni camis, Newbark flats, Paspourtous swimwear, and Jason Wu bags and sunglasses.
Why: Your favorite beauty indulgences from Malin + Goetz, Rahua, Mason Pearson, and Santa Maria Novella.
When: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Behind the concierge desk inside Mandarin Oriental, 777 Boylston St., Back Bay (617-603-2944).

Back Deck Opens
What: Stop bemoaning your lack of grilling space. Loll inside a charcoal emporium searing pork chops, lamb skewers, duck sausage, and chile-rubbed rib-eye instead.
Why: Share pitchers of the Back Deck Punch (gin, sweet vermouth, pear juice, lemon syrup, grilled pear) on one of three decks while lording over the Downtown Crossing bustle.
When: Thurs., 4-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 4 p.m.-midnight; Sun., 4-9 p.m.
Where: 2 West St. (617-670-0320).

Photo: Courtesy of Tip Tap Room

2 West St
@ Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
777 Boylston St
@ Fairfield St
Boston, MA 02116
138 Cambridge St
@ Staniford St
Boston, MA 02114
100 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210