The main thrill of the Tambour is undoubtedly its curious opening hours. Fancy a steak or an onion soup at 4 am? Well then the Tambour is probably the place for you.
The food is traditional French: various cuts of meat, cheese boards and a good selection of wines. The place fills up with well-heeled post-show/theater goers, hungry post-bar students and all manner of miscellaneous others.
In my experience its always busy and sometimes it can be easier to get a table if you are eating – if only a plate of cheese, than just there for a drink.
Characteristic of old bistrot culture, you’ll be packed onto tiny tables next to strangers so be prepared for a bit of cross-table banter. They also maintain that dangerous tactic of leaving a huge bottle of wine on your table for you to drink (and pay for) as much as you consume…