Speakeasy-Inspired Cocktail Bar ‘The Wurst Bar’ Opening in Crossbar in Federal Hill

| August 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

A new speakeasy-style cocktail bar called The Wurst Bar is opening within Crossbar at 18 E. Cross St. in Federal Hill. As first reported by Baltimore Business Journal, The Wurst Bar will open in the second-floor bar on the western section of the building in an original rowhouse structure.

Kevin Curley, who owns two locations of the high-end, fast-casual sandwich and beer shop RegionAle and who is consulting on the new Locust Point restaurant Fat Patties, will run The Wurst Bar. Curley is good friends with Crossbar owner Leo Poldmae and the two discussed that the upstairs bar wasn’t being used very often.

Curley, who is a Riverside resident, saw the need for an upscale cocktail bar in Federal Hill after the closures of Bookmakers and Bar Liquorice. He loves the vibe at Baltimore speakeasy-style bars such as W.C. Harlan and The Elk Room.

Patrons will have to walk through Crossbar to get to The Wurst Bar, but the space will be closed off with an old walk-in refrigerator door. There will not be a password to get in, but Curley said he wanted it to be a little bit hard to find.

The Wurst Bar is a business within Crossbar and will use the same liquor license, but the two will have separate POS systems.

The Wurst Bar will have an “upscale vibe” and the bartenders will be in dress shirts. “A lot of people are looking for a low-key date night place,” said Curley.

The Wurst Bar will have 15 classic “pre-prohibition cocktails” such as a French 75, Gimlet, Sazerac, and Negroni. Curley said all the mixers will be fresh squeezed and made in house. They will also have some “higher-end” tequilas, whiskeys, and rums behind the bar.

The Wurst Bar opens this Friday. It will be open Thursday and Sunday from 4pm to 12am and Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 2am.


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