Mal and I have visited the Grendel’s Den in Harvard Square two times now in the past 24 hours: once to enjoy a Friday Happy Hour cocktail together, and once to rescue my camera that I forgot at the bar after our Happy Hour drink. Doh!
My first review of the Grendel’s Den.
Around 4:15 PM on Friday, while I was at work, Mal called to tell me that he was in Harvard Square, and he wondered if I would meet him at the nearby Grendel’s Den for a drink. It being Friday afternoon and all, I practically sprinted out of work as soon as the clock turned to 4:30 PM!
Mal and I sat at the bar while we enjoyed a couple of drinks. He ordered a beer; I ordered a mulled wine, which was steamed red wine with cloves, cinnamon, and a slice of orange. In the winter, it’s my favorite Grendel’s Den beverage.
After sipping our drinks and chatting for about an hour, Mal and I hit the road to drive to our hometown for dinner with my family. In the shuffle of paying the check and gathering my various bags (purse, lunch bag, and Ann Taylor bag), I left my camera on the bar! I didn’t realize it was missing until I arrived at my grandparents’ house ready to photograph our fondue and raclette dinner. I was so bummed!
This afternoon, Mal and I headed back to the Grendel’s Den to rescue my camera. I am SO happy that my camera was kept safe and sound behind the bar!
Instead of just traveling to Cambridge for an errand, we decided to make an afternoon out of the trip and had lunch at the Grendel’s Den, followed by some window shopping in Harvard Square.
I love the atmosphere inside the Grendel’s Den! It’s basically a laid-back and relaxing basement tavern with a cozy fireplace, quaint/old-fashioned decor, and well-worn furniture and floors.
(Mal and I sat here at the bar on Friday night.)
When you enter the Grendel’s Den, a sign welcomes you and invites you to seat yourself, which usually works out just fine, but can become a little chaotic when a lot of people are waiting for a table (like on a Friday or Saturday night). On a Saturday afternoon, however, we had our choice of a table.
Despite the sunny skies, it was freeeeezing in Cambridge this afternoon! I ordered a pot of peppermint tea to warm up.
For lunch, I ordered the Homemade Vegan Chili, which was a hearty bean chili served with tortilla chips, topped with a spoonful of cilantro pesto. I chose to add the optional shredded cheese and chopped red onions to my chili, which made my vegan chili vegetarian.
The cheese and red onions added a ton of flavor to the chili! They were an awe-some addition, and with the help of the tea, it warmed me right up for shopping in Harvard Square. Mal and I shopped for about an hour before I got too cold, and then we headed home.