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Eli Cannon's Tap Room

Not Rated.
Eli Cannon's Tap RoomEli Cannon's Tap Room
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

77 Reviews
Reviews: 77
Visits: 117
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: 36
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

695 Main St
Middletown, Connecticut, 06457-2732
United States
phone: (860) 347-3547

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @elicannons

Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00am
Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Place: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 77 | Visits: 117
Reviews by BlueHammer:
Photo of BlueHammer
3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I ate at this establishment on a Saturday night and it was PACKED. We were told about an hour wait for a table and the actual wait was probably just under that. The atmosphere was warm and inviting and there was a good mix of ages among the patrons.

While waiting for your table you could enjoy a beer while sitting on a leather couch or barber chairs. The chalkboard beer list included a little over 30 beers on tap, from the better-known Stella Artois and Guinness to the more elusive selections, including three "Eli's" brews. New England breweries such as Magic Hat and Hooker were also well represented on the beer list. However, no prices of the beers on tap or in the bottle were listed. Also, there was no list of beers available in the bottle.

Moderately loud music was played (a lot of '80s!) which could make conversation difficult. The food was very good but not "out of this world".... However, the onion rings deserve HIGH HONORABLE MENTIONS! The waitress was friendly and attentive but didn't have a superior knowledge of the beer selection at the establishment.

The lighting was a dull red, mostly from the multitude of neon signs about the place. This wasn't entirely conducive to doing beer reviews - hard to discern the color of your beer!

Overall, this was a fun place to be and great for a Saturday night outing. I will go again! (1,362 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of cducap
4.85/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of BranfordBound
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Reminds me of that scene from Super Troopers: "Hey Farva, what's that name of the restaurant you like with all the goofy shit on the walls and the mozzarella sticks?" Farva: "You mean Shenanigins?!"

Eccentrically clad, Eli Cannon's offered a solid line-up of middle of the road craft beer. Nothing that drew my attention initially but finally found some decent ones to enjoy (Hop Nosh IPA and Sour Tiddy's from the local Stubborn Beauty brewery). Nothing like the tap list at Prime 16 or Cask Republic.

Food was plentiful and inexpensive, nothing overly ingenious about the menu items. Typical American pub grub. Crowd was very boisterous for Saturday night. The place seemed understaffed and the servers were rushed. (719 characters)

Photo of JKV96
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ale2thechief
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 1.5

Beer beer beer, the three reasons to go. Food is quite bad. Crowd is usually cool and not overrun by obnoxious snobs. Very crowded and you should be prepared to stand. So many tap lines they will always have something for everyone. (231 characters)

Photo of LeMayzing
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The place is very cool, a bit cramped, but the bathroom is a disaster. (70 characters)

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of OldCrustacean79
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of grahuba
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of woodchipper
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75

Been to Eli's many times over many years. Can't believe I have not written a review until now.
If there was equation that factored "best craft beer bar" and "closest to my house" they would win, even though I am 20 miles away.
Outside vibe is super cool in good weather with their expanded "beach" area, sand, cheap chairs, kids playing while the parents drink. Its really good people watching.
Inside, the bar is basically as if a dive bar had sex with a hip bar. Not the greatest or worst traits of either parent but a good result anyways. HOWEVER, I have always wondered if a sudden thunderstorm struck, where would the outside people go? There is not enough inside for the crowd I have sometimes seen outside.
Service can be good or poor depending on the crowd.
Food- I avoid it unless I am drunk or with people I dragged there under the white lie of "I know a fun place to ""eat""" - basic bar food, nothing bad but nothing a foodie would like.
Fun fact (for me) I always tell other locals who haven't been--- It's one of the very few bars I have been to that write on their draft list (chalk boards) the date the keg was tapped. That openness just makes me love them despite their few flaws. (1,211 characters)

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of bufante
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Solid tap list that changes daily. Good food, neat environment. Only thing lacking was stickers. I wanted to buy and they didn't have any left. (144 characters)

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown, CT
93 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.