Hospitality is the watchword at Sternewirth, Hotel Emma’s tavern and club room. A dramatic 25-foot vaulted ceiling soars over intimate groupings of sofas, easy chairs and banquettes arranged to encourage conversation, celebration and business deals. Enjoy a restorative cocktail, a notable wine or sturdy craft beer. Come for the city bar authenticity, classic cocktails made without gimmicks, and hearty small plates that satisfy your appetite for flavor and substance.
The Privileged Few
The bar is named for the Sternewirth Privilege, which entitled employees of 19th Century breweries to free beer during the workday. Prohibition killed the tradition, except at Pearl Brewery, where workers frequented the taproom until the 1990s.
True story: in the 1950s, a “tight” worker was scolded by a Pearl Brewery manager for getting drunk at work. The worker replied, “Respectfully, sir, I did not get drunk on the job… I was right drunk when I got here!”