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Taps: 15 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
18 Vendue Range
phone: (843) 723-1700
(Place added by: bigsilky on 08-10-2009)
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| Reviews: 9 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by GJ40:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A great beer bar with atmosphere and quite a selection on tap. The Griffon is right in the heart of the tourist area but it manages to keep an authentic feel. The location certainly makes it ideal for anyone visiting the city. I saw some accounts that it's an English pub. Maybe it was but I'd consider it more of an American craft beer bar. The décor is simple, worn and comfortable with many of my favorites (exposed brick walls, wood beam ceiling, etc.). The main feature is personalized dollar bills posted all over the walls and ceiling. It’s pretty unique.
They had twelve solid selections on tap including fresh Sculpin. We managed to get the last glass and a half. I also tried a Coast Kolsh. The bartender was a cool guy and the prices were reasonable for the location.
Griffon is a great stop and even better if you combine it with the Charleston Beer Exchange which is close by.
05-18-2011 16:09:37 |
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More by George1005
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $
Not the biggest selection of beers usually have a good selection of local Charleston Beer. That is not an issue for me. I love the atmosphere so cool and dark. It feels really good after being in the hot sun. You almost expect Blackbeard in there. This place does pub grub better than anyplace I have been at prices you will not beat at inferior establishments. This is my favorite place to drink.
07-12-2013 22:06:57 |
More by rtrasr
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3 | $$
A dive that is just around the corner from The Gin Joint. A wood bar zig zags a bit back and forth. Lots of wood everywhere. Tables spread out and plenty of TV's turned to sports.
The service is standoffish, but effective. A few decent offerings on tap. Some local Charleston beers. The food is just pub grub. Some burgers, wings, and other fried stuff. Not much to see here IMO.
Just an OK dive. Nothing all that special, but decent for a beer every once in a while.
06-21-2013 15:29:22 |
More by champ103
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
The first time I visited the Griffon was in August of 2002. I had just moved to Charleston and I stumbled into this place looking for a beer to help cool me from the subtropical humidity-induced-near-heat exhaustion I was on the verge of succumbing to... I can't remember what I had that night, but I do know, that over the years (especially the last year and a half or so) the quality of the draft selection has improved dramatically. Last visit was a couple of weeks ago, and they had a nice variety of drafts (about 10 or 12) including Coast 32/50, DFH 90 Minute, Sweetwater 420, and I believe Dale's Pale Ale. Throw in NB Ranger IPA, The Bruery Saison De Lente, Avery Ellie's Brown Ale on previous visits and you can see they manage a pretty tight rotation. Service is always above average - although it gets a little tough to make your way to the bar on a busy Friday or Saturday night. Food is average pub fare - the burgers are good. I enjoy the small, pub-like atmosphere at the Griffon - although it sometimes gets a little too crowded in there. They've hosted events with Foothills, The Bruery and New Belgium (that I know of) so that's a plus. One of my go-to stops when I'm downtown.
08-16-2010 20:15:51 |
More by jpro
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is across from the hotel my wife and I stayed in so naturally I had to stop in and see what they had on draft.
I was happy as it was a good selection of things I hadn't encountered before around where I live (Chicago area). Foothills and Southern Tier beers I had never had on tap and really enjoyed both.
They had I believe 12 taps. Only 1 or 2 were majors.
I was impressed, as 4 beers on tap changed over the 2 days in between my visits which I thought was great. Had a He'brew IPA which I liked.
The atmosphere, which featured doodled-on dollars bills on the walls wasn't my taste, really. Also, a bit dark. But I guess this place has been around for years as a college hangout, long before this quality of beers was served.
03-11-2010 04:55:25 |
More by jwfleck
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
So we walked into a dimly lit quiet frat bar, or so we thought. The Griffon is quite an anomaly, and I most certainly appreciate it as such. A quiet, homey bar, brick faced downtown. I asked Rich at Charleston Beer Exchange for a bar to enjoy a pint or four, and he recommended the close walk that was The Griffon, and I shall in turn recommend it to you, dear reader.
The quality of the selection and the persons serving it were really the highlights of the griffon. The owner himself actually offered to hold and recook our food while the nerds reviewing went on a ghost tour of epic proportions starting at said cullinary establishment....just an excellent place.
The food was a bit average, but I will most certainly be a repeat customer, hell of a place that Charleston has here, the ultimate in customer service.
03-06-2010 06:24:22 |
More by grayburn
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here last night after dinner so I did not try the food. It did smell good though.
Impressive draft list for a tiny place. Probably 10-12 taps with all craft beer and a few imports. Regional beer was well represented as they had Coast, Highlands, Terrapin, and Sweetwater on hand. I ordered a Dogfish Head 90 min, and Coast Hop Art IPA. Atmosphere was pretty cool and fit in well with the rusticness of Charleston. I used to drink here when I was in College back in the mid 1990's and it really hasn't changed much with the exception of the beer quality. The Griffon is a pretty solid place to grab a few beers when you are downtown. I would reccomend it.
01-16-2010 18:31:36 |
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