Imperial Liquors acts as a beacon of light to guide alcohol enthusiasts into its Golden Triangle District shop lined from floor-to-ceiling with an array of beers, wines, and liquors. Clear liquors including Ultimat vodka and Patron Silver tequila create the base for many cocktails, while darker liquors, such as Cognac and Chivas, are often served on the rocks with bartender-shaped ice cubes. The boutique libations shop also features a wide selection of red and white wines as well as mixers including Pepsi products.
Each team member at The Wine Specialist brings a different area of expertise to the table, though the store as whole has specialized in wines from all over the world for more than 19 years. The venue's 35 varietals, including Riesling, grappa, and Muscat, hail from 16 regions in six countries, including Argentina, Spain, and France. Over in the spirits isle, staples such as gin, bourbon, and vodka share shelf space with more spatiality libations such as sake, soju, various whiskeys, and an abundant collection of single malt scotches. For beer aficionados, The Wine Specialist also stocks 21 types of brew from nine countries, which range from classics such as brown ale and pale ale to Anchor Brewing Company's steam beer. And to help their customers get a taste for which wine and spirits they would like to enjoy at home, The Wine Specialist hosts tastings at the store every Friday evening.
Skilled mixologists serve up complex drinks at Wisdom, a dark yet charming cocktail parlor where heavy draperies and ornate lights hang along exposed brick walls. Their drink menu runs the gamut from wine and imported beer to a vast selection of authentic absinthe. Bartenders also mix up non-alcoholic "mocktails," with flavor profiles that are as interesting as their alcoholic counterparts. Events such as trivia night pit martinis against memories, and yappy hours let dogs lounge on the patio and play poker while owners sip libations. Wisdom also dishes up tasty tidbits such as chocolate beer waffles doused in maple syrup or bacon waffles covered in bourbon and caramel apples.