The Empire is a contemporary downtown bar and grill with a brewery on the premises. Here, 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 grass-fed 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. We supplement our award-winning beers with four rotating "guest beers" selected from some of our favorite New York state breweries. 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.
hours of operation
11:30am – 2:30pm (blues brunch)
11:30pm – 9:00pm
monday - tuesday:
11:30am - 9:00pm
wednesday - thursday:
11:30am – 10:00pm
friday – saturday:
11:30am – 11:00pm
12:00 noon - last call
monday - saturday:
11:30am – last call
* please refer to our calendar for occasional closings