About us

Our bar owes its name to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s first great love: Anna Elisabeth Schönemann, or Lili for short.

Young Goethe encountered her for the first time during a private concert at her parents’ house in Frankfurt. He fell in love with the 16-year-old girl. Their engagement followed in 1775. However, it was dissolved six months later under pressure from the parents’ families. Yet Goethe never quite forgot Lili. He dedicated a poem to her, based various female characters on her and remembered her on his death bed as “the first, and perhaps the last, woman that I truly and deeply loved”.

You will find allusions and references to this lady around the bar. Artists’ portraits on the wall show Goethe and Lili in younger years. Our bar manager’s signature drinks are veritable tributes. Allow yourself to be inspired by a great love.