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.
Khepra Anu, the self-proclaimed “coconut king” and chef at Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar, slips busily among hillocks of fruits, nuts, and veggies. He expounds on the importance of raw foods and fasting in health, comparing the process to that of a mechanic changing a car’s oil or a carpenter maybe buying flowers for his hammer once in a while. Blends of leafy green veggies, goji berries, and citrus fruits pour from a juicer, fueling patrons during fasts or simply augmenting traditional nutrition. The foundation for each beverage is coconut water from Florida-grown coconuts, and the elixirs are intended to give the body a chance to flush itself of toxins with seed milks, citrus blends, and mineral-rich greens. Khepra is also excited about raw foods, which he believes contain more naturally occurring nutrients, and prepares nut-and-hemp burgers, nori rolls, and wraps in the bustling shop.
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.