The Griswold Inn

American Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast, and Wine Bar$$$$
Essex
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  • aaron d.
    "The tap room is awesome!"(7 Tips)
    Ben B.
    "The oldest bar in Connecticut."(2 Tips)
    Todd M.
    "Two words: Sunday brunch"(2 Tips)
    Rachel T.
    "live music"(2 Tips)
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  • Heather B.
    A delightful place to spend the night! Very clean and historic. Central to everything, friendly staff, great dinner, nice continental breakfast, and speedy check/in and check/out.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYAugust 26, 2010
    This is the oldest continuously-run tavern in the US. Founded in the late 1700s, it has been under the stewardship of only 6 families & during Prohibition local yachtsmen came for the entertainment.
  • Rachel T.
    Rachel TeubertJune 15, 2015
    The food was fantastic and we enjoyed the live music, Eric Ducoff's band was brilliant. We especially love the special guest Catlin Hettel singing some Janis Joplin.
  • Mark C.
    Mark CappiSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Update. Thursday nights is now the night to come to the Griswold Inn to dance and enjoy the music of the Shiny Lapel Trio. Www.shinylapeltrio.com You are sure to have a fine time.
  • Bree S.
    Bree ShirvellJune 29, 2012
    Essex, Deep River, and Chester—Not Your Usual 'Tourist' Haunts: First, a warning: if you visit these towns, in the lower Connecticut River Valley, you might not want to leave. Read more
  • Lyn M.
    Lyn MartinMay 3, 2015
    Tap room entertainment every night with different sounds. Excellent wine tasting with tapas. Great piano bar happy hour 4-6.
  • Mark C.
    Mark CappiSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Tuesday nights from 8:00 - 10:45, Come Swing the night away with the Shiny Lapel Trio in the Tap Room. Always a great time!
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle ReignierDecember 22, 2013
    Morraccas at the popcorn machine in the tap room. First come fist serve. USE THEM!
  • Greg M.
    Greg MJanuary 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I don't know what Michael S. is talking about. I always eat in the tap room when I go and have never had a problem with service.
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SneathSeptember 30, 2015
    So cozy! Has been around forever and has a warm, welcoming charm to it.
  • Heather B.
    Romantic tables and fantastic New England classics!
  • Doug C.
    Doug CaldwellJanuary 31, 2012
    First visit, trying white bean soup & chicken salad wrap half sandwich. Parking in rear.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJune 23, 2013
    They brew their own beer! Try "The Gris: Revolutionary Ale."
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Order the clam chowder and get a pint of the Ten Penny Ale. Read more
  • Dan T.
    Dan TroxellJune 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Had a great glass of 2011 Matua Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand at the wine bar.
  • Stephen
    StephenFebruary 26
    The Sunday Hunt brunch is worth thebtrip
  • Yolanda L.
    Yolanda LoweJanuary 28, 2012
    Just finished the Cod dinner. Excellent
  • aaron d.
    aaron deanDecember 20, 2010
    The tap room is awesome! Hot buttered rum on a cold night!
  • jennifer v.
    Atlantic Salmon, Cod, Clam Chowdet
  • Ben B.
    Ben BSeptember 24, 2014
    The oldest bar in Connecticut. Est. 1776.
  • Angela J.
    Angela JonesFebruary 15, 2011
    Go for sea chanties on monday nights!
  • Doctor C.
    Doctor CuervoNovember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place for Thanksgiving
  • Todd M.
    Todd MilanoJune 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Two words: Sunday brunch
  • Harold H.
    Harold HarperDecember 8, 2013
    Horrible staff and poor service. Food orders were messed up, over cooked, and not good in general. (This was in the Tap Room).
  • Kat C.
    Kat C.July 12, 2014
    WASPs gone wild!
  • Bill E.
    Bill EvansMarch 1, 2013
    Happy hour
  • Neil D.
    Neil DMarch 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Essex CT's coolest historic inn, restaurant, tap room and wine bar.
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