Eli Cannon's Tap Room

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Eli Cannon's Tap RoomEli Cannon's Tap Room

77 Reviews
Reviews: 77
Visits: 119
Avg: 4.21
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

Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00am
Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
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Reviews: 77 | Visits: 119
Reviews by slander:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I think they had 28 beers on tap, mostly american micro brews. Many were regional New England beers (Magic Hat, Otter Creek, Sam Adams, and some of the local CT beers), but they also had an English ale or two on, as well. Had the Magic Hat Ravell as my first beer, which was a very pleasant sighting for me. They have cask lines but nothing was flowing off them and the guy next to me said that nothing was on cask the last time he'd been there. They also have an adequate bottled beer list but nothing that reached out at me and made me deviate from the tap lines.
I gave service a "4" because the kid behind the bar knew nothing about the beers he was pouring. His response to inquiries was mostly "I don't like dark beers" Okay, all well and fine, but I didn't ask you if you liked it, I was asking you what you know about the beer itself. They had a tap for the Sam Adams Bugspray and he couldn't tell me anything about it, what is was, nothing.
The food was good, although my buffalo chicken fingers were done up swimming in hot sauce. They have a pretty expansive menu that I'd like to have another go at. Atmosphere is wonderfully comfortable, barber shop chairs and a couch in the forward area to chill at and booths and tables in the back for slouching about and throwing back a few.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RMoeNay
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Nutmegger
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of cducap
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of BranfordBound
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | 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.

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Photo of JKV96
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ale2thechief
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of LeMayzing
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of OldCrustacean79
4.63/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of grahuba
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of woodchipper
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of bufante
4/5  rDev -5%

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.

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