Food & Drink » Drinking, Nightlife & Parties

Empire of the fun

by

comment
1095854.jpg

The Imperial

1800 N. Orange Ave.
407-228-4403
imperialwinebar.com

More than anything else, the Imperial – the bar tucked into the back of Washburn Imports – is an example of a good idea brilliantly executed. The plan was to draw potential new shoppers into this Antique Row furniture store through the delicious allure of craft beer and wine, and it seems to be paying off 
(and judging by all the BMWs in the lot, appealing to the right demographic, too).

Draft and bottled beers range from $4 on up to $20, and wines are $7 to $13 a glass, which you’re free to carry around while you ogle the unique (and coaster-protected) wooden hutches, tables and cabinetry. (Certain spaces are off-limits to those carrying drinks.) Controlled from behind the bar, music plays gently throughout the space, and the tunes seem to emanate from the mellow woods. All of it – music, beer, decor – takes a sophisticated stance, more or less reflecting the upmarket sensibilities of the clientele.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.