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Empire Brewing Company

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Empire Brewing CompanyEmpire Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Eatery

120 Walton St.
Syracuse, New York, 13036
United States

(315) 475-2337 | map

Re-opening as of June 5th, 2007.

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 88
Reviews by Edwaka01:
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2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 5

Great food, great atmosphere.

A - The place is gorgeous. Cool subway entrance off the street down a level to a waiting area, inside is pristine. Low light, brick/mod decor. Makes you think you're somewhere cooler than Syracuse.

Made the mistake of sitting and eating at the bar, where an extremely low-brow nitwit would not leave my girlfriend and I alone, even while we were clearly eating and not into hearing of how awesome his band was and how the beers here needed more yeast. He fell asleep at the bar 10 minutes later and was asked to leave. He should have been cut off long ago.

Q - This low rating is for the beers. We split one of their flights, which I'll complain about under selection, but anyhow...I found the stout okay - not great, and the winter warmer "tog grogg" a little over spiced. Those were by FAR the best two beers. Amber ale, Skinny Atlas Light, Deep Purple, and their Pale were all really horrible. I'd heard really god things about this place so maybe I'm being too harsh, but they were not good.

S - Half-present waitress/bartender. Had a short one-liner to toss out about each beer, nothing more. Went to eat her lunch in between giving us drinks, taking order, and bringing food, thats all we saw of her. Nobdy else to replace her while she sat at the other end of the bar stuffing face.

S - They had a decent number of beers that enticed me, however we were FORCED to include 4 beers of their choosing on our flight of 6 total beers. Amber, Pale, were pretty bad, the stout was drinkable, and then they have the stupidity/balls to include Skinny Atlas Light. This is literally a better version of Bud Light, but still pretty horrible. Why the ()&*@ would you force craft beer lovers to drink this? I get that they make it because they don't have the backbone to tell BMC drinkers to screw off and order a real beer, but to force this atrocity upon everyone who orders a flight is a real dick move.

F - I'll probably go back here, and if I do, it's only because the food was awesome. I got the Mediterranean platter - olives, feta, falafel, hummus, baba ganoush, and pita bread. What a meal. This was yesterday and I'm still sorry I ate it all, but I couldn't stop.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Large basement partitioned with brick archways separating dining and bar areas, giving the place a somewhat intimate feel. Huge C-shaped bar. Over a dozen beers on tap - wide and varied selection. Friendly, efficient bar staff.

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Photo of RancidAggro
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dingbat1477
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Love this place. Beer keeps getting better and better.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Been to Empire Brewing a number of times throughout the years when traveling "upstate" to visit family. It's in a cool basement location with a modern style decor. A glass window behind the bar looks in on a number of fermentation tanks. Never seen anyone actually working back there, but it's a nice touch. Service has always been friendly and prompt. The food, while a little upscale, has always been good. I'm particularly fond of the Gumbo and Jambalaya. Beer selections are good combination of in house and local offerings.

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Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Sabtos
3.06/5  rDev -25%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3

Photo of kelseyr713
5/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This might be my favorite restaurant. The food was amazing, atmosphere is great, our waiter was super friendly and knowledgeable. There were tons of choices for both food and drink, and I definitely want to go back here again. It's also cool to see the brewery part through windows inside the restaurant.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MacQ67
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of eluvah
2.98/5  rDev -27%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Was there on a Wednesday night, not crowded. The service was slow. Had two beers, price was reasonable. Had Aphrodisiac Ale and Two Dragons. Both were decent, but I have had better. May have tried one more since I wasn't driving but the service was so slow, the person I was with wanted to leave. Had fish tacos that were unimpressive.

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Photo of Martelljw2
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SyrAQse
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of craftaholic
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Soloveitchik
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.04/5  rDev -1%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

EBC is on the busy stretch of downtown Syracuse in Armory Square, where the locals understand one goes for the best pub crawl in the area. It's typically busy, and it's pretty much half restaurant / half bar. Reservations are required for the restaurant, but the bar is always open for walk-ins. Not only that, anything on the menu can still be ordered at the bar. It's a nice vibe with a mix of industrial and modern, a more retro look outside. It can only be reached under the sidewalk, so it's underground. There is some small outdoor drinking space, though it seems more like a waiting area; there are tables and a counter, but no chairs. The brewery has a good number of beers available in excellent variety, so there's something for everyone. Barmen are attentive, too, and will not hesitate to offer a free sample or several. The service, food, and selection are good, and I enjoyed the beers as well. They serve 12 of their own beers at any time, as well as ciders they brew themselves, with a few guest taps and some bottles.

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Photo of Travislcastleman
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of gtmitchem
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DavidGross
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Had nice outing with IT team. Had Elk burger, was cooked as I asked and was good. Other meals at our table looked good and all was well reviewed. We had many different beers and the wait staff was excellent. Empire also participates in the AHA Member discount, saved me a lot of money, huge thank you to Empire and all other participating members!

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Cajan style food and amazing beer brewed on the premise. They also feature some outstanding local brews from others. It will be difficult to get in there on a weekend unless you go at the senior's hour before 6 or so. Get the blue corn lobster bisque and be amazed. The waygu burger is pretty good as well.

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Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, NY
91 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.