This bar is so full of history, and I'm a huge nerd for that, so I loved it. We grabbed ourselves a glass of wine (me) and a scotch (him) and wandered around the various rooms looking at all the great artifacts on the walls. Then we settled into some cozy chairs in front of the fireplace to chat. It was later in the evening so it was pretty quiet - a great respite from the whirlwind of family holiday gatherings.
It definitely doesn't have the polish that a lot of Rhinebeck establishments have now. Ceilngs are low, lights are dim, it has a bit of "grandma's parlor" vibe about it. But you can get a posh, modern-looking restaurant experience anywhere. This place feels like it's been around since the 1700s, which, of course, it has. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton both slept in the Inn (meaning they probably ate in the tavern - cool! I couldn't help but wonder where they sat).
I can't speak to the food, since we went after a big family dinner, but it's a nice mellow place to get away and have a drink and a trip through history.
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