Eli Cannon's Tap Room

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BA SCORE
93
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78 Reviews
Eli Cannon's Tap RoomEli Cannon's Tap Room
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

695 Main St
Middletown, Connecticut, 06457-2732
United States

(860) 347-3547 | map
www.elicannons.com

Notes:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00am
Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
123
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
Taps:
36
Bottles/Cans:
100
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 123
Reviews by xanok:
Photo of xanok
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Go here pretty regularly as I work nearby.

Love the atmosphere here. LOADS of crazy stuff on the walls and ceiling here. Not just like any restaurant or bar. I mean this place is flooded with posters, barber chairs, skeletons, bottle chandeliers, etc.
Bartenders are friendly, but only 1 or 2 are knowledgeable about the beer. They make up for that with efficiency though, as I've never had to wait long for a beer, even on a crowded day.
There's about 30 taps here, which are listed on chalkboards throughout the bar. And as others have said, quite a bit wasted. Smithwicks, Guiness, Boddingtons, etc always on tap. There's usually a few to keep me interested though. Recently had Allagash Victor and Victoria. They've had cask Gandhi-Bot a couple of times as well. For regular stuff, Smuttynose makes regular appearances with the RIS, Big A, and Finest Kind. Be careful with the prices though, as they are not listed. I've paid $8 for things like Ten Fidy in the past.
Food here is very good for bar standards. The mac and cheese with pulled pork is to die for. They also have burger challenges. If you can eat all 4 burgers and sides within a month with each sitting only lasting 30 minutes or less, you get 1 free year of their mug club, which is larger pours for the same price.
Anyways, people looking for a killer selection may be disappointed. If you're looking for a fun place, great food and a very good but not great selection of craft beer, try this place out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Multiman
2.81/5  rDev -33.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2

Photo of dipaslife4me
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of batch19
4.83/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
4.16/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I stopped in here on the way back home from a Tree House trip. Nice atmosphere, with just enough dank and grit, but still a lot of flashy breweriana on the walls to keep your senses occupied. Kind of divey, I guess is what I'm trying to say, but it seems intentional. Service was fine. Taplist was actually pretty top-notch, with the likes of Sip of Sunshine, Fuzzy Baby Ducks, and Maine Lunch all on at the same time...in all fairness I think there was an event earlier in the day, but still, they delivered the goods as far as I'm concerned. The food didn't blow me away. I just got a bleu cheese burger or something, and it wasn't great, but not really bad either.

This is definitely a place I'd like to check out again.

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Photo of RMoeNay
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Nutmegger
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of cducap
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of BranfordBound
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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 about 30 taps of beer and encompassed just about everything you could get in CT. The night I went the tap list seemed very lengthy, but the selections were average. 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 oddities that pop on tap list at Prime 16 or Cask Republic. Tried a Mad Hatter IPA but had to send it back because it tasted ancient (no hops at all).

Food was plentiful and inexpensive, nothing overly ingenious about the menu items. Typical American pub grub. Crowd was very boisterous for Saturday night and the bar area was packed to the gills. The place seemed understaffed and the servers were rushed. Didn't seem super clean overall and I've seen better bathrooms inside of dive bars.

Go for the tap list (when it's a good night) but don't expect to overwhelmed with anything else.

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Photo of JKV96
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ale2thechief
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of OldCrustacean79
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of grahuba
4.24/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of woodchipper
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
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 +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown, CT
4.2 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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