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120 WALTON STREET, SYRACUSE, NY | 315.475.(BEER)2337

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Empire Brewing Company is a contemporary downtown bar and grill with a brewery on the premises. Voted Best Brewery and Best Brunch in Syracuse 2018, we aspire to provide customers with the best food and libation available by utilizing fresh locally sourced ingredients. Whether it is vegetables and herbs grown in our garden, hops grown by our brewer, locally raised angus beef, or original music performed by our friends, we give our patrons an experience that can only be had at the Empire Brewing Company.

The moderately priced and eclectic food menu is complemented by a diverse selection of hand-crafted ales and lagers. In addition to beer, the Empire offers cocktails and a large selection of wines.

The atmosphere is casual and festive. The brewing facility is housed in a glass-enclosed work area which provides a view of the massive copper and stainless steel brewing vessels. The food is prepared in a handsome open-performance kitchen allowing patrons clear visibility of the chef and his assistants.

The interior decor highlights the industrial elements of the microbrewery, the drama of the performance kitchen, and the architectural nuances of the building. The understated design — featuring exposed brick walls, wood beams, and columns — pays homage to the brewing tradition and the pre-existing architecture. With clarity the aim and materials and ambient lighting the accent, a warm and inviting environment has been created for customers to enjoy the music, food, and beverages.

Honors & Recognition

  • “Community Trustee Business award winner” Leadership Greater Syracuse, 2016
  • “Top 10 beers of 2015” Brewing News, 2015
  • “Best Of,” Syracuse NewTimes, 1995–2004, 2013-2018
  • “Business of the Year Awards” Centerstate CEO, 2015
  • “Best NY Restaurants not in NYC” Thrillist, 2014
  • “Sunrise Sustainability Award” SUN Group, 2014
  • “Top Twenty Brew Pubs In America,” The Beer Advocate, 2003, 2014
  • “Top American Brewpubs,” Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, 2013
  • “Certificate of Excellence,”, 2012-2013
  • “Best Chili in New York,” Spring Lounge Competition, 2012–2013
  • “Snail of Approval,” Slow Food of Central New York, 2010
  • “Top Twenty Brew Pubs in the United States,” The New Brewer, 2001–2003
  • “Best Brewpubs in the Country,” Food Network, 2000–2001
  • “Best Restaurants in America,” Magellan Press, Inc., 1996–2002
  • “Excelsior Award, Best Restaurant,” The New Yorker, 1997–1999