Please note: On Saturday, June 18th, our dining rooms, Tap Room and patio will be closed during lunch service and early afternoon after which all of our drinking and dining venues will reopen. A Celebration of the Life of William G. Winterer will be taking place.

Bill Winterer, former Owner and Innkeeper of The Griswold Inn for 26 years and a long-time resident of Essex, gathered many friends and admirers over the years due to his extremely gregarious nature. A large number of guests is expected at this gathering. We appreciate your understanding of this unusual circumstance and hope we will be serving you soon.

Voted BEST BAR IN CONNECTICUT over and over…  - Connecticut Magazine
Named one of the TOP 100 BARS IN AMERICA  - Esquire

In our Tap Room, Executive Chef Jim Gallagher features casual fare prepared exactly the way it was meant to be. Always straightforward, Chef Jim's menus include burgers, house-made soups and chowders, fish 'n chips, and salads.

Our Tap Room, originally built in 1735 as a schoolhouse, was attached to The Gris in 1801 by a team of oxen, rolling it on logs down Main Street. It has been called the most handsome barroom in America, the best-looking drinking room in America, and variations on this sentiment expressed by many. Certainly it is an original. We are open seven days a week and entertain every night with live music and a spirited atmosphere.

Join us in our Award-Winning Tap Room!

Our Tap Room features live music every night of the week highlighting a variety of musical genres!

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Hunt Breakfast

Enjoy the thrill of the hunt each Sunday when a bountiful spread is laid out buffet-style. Breakfast is served from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and reservations are suggested, 860.767.1776. Dixieland Jazz by Freight Train Five begins at noon!

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Friday Happy Hours

TGIF! Get the weekend started! Enjoy reduced drink prices, our own Revolutionary Ale at $3 the pint, complimentary appetizers and Ray on the piano. Every Friday, 4 - 6pm.

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