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“Possibly my new favorite drink spot”
Review of The Imperial Life

The Imperial Life
Ranked #281 of 789 Restaurants in Asheville
Cuisines: American, Bar, Wine Bar
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours
United States
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Possibly my new favorite drink spot”
Reviewed 22 February 2014

The guys from Table did a great job on this spot. Small and intimate, with great style and a cool vibe. Cocktails are the name of the game here. Love the breakdown on the menu. You can also request "Bartenders Choice" and tell them what kind of liquor you want and they will create something delicious. 4 of us each tried 2 different drinks and all 8 of them were wonderful.

I wish we had not eaten because the nibbles on the menu looked AMAZING and my chef friend raves about the lamb tartare. Next time I will come with an empty tummy.

Bathrooms are exquisite - very classy. Waiter is totally awesome, helpful, efficient and super cute.

This is a terrific date spot (as evidenced by at least 4 couples there on a date - cute).

Sadly, they lost on star due to of all things - smell. The spot is right above an open restaurant kitchen, and the weird restaurant smells waft up strongly to Imperial Life. And they aren't good smells either. Less the scent of dishes being cooked as that weird odor that comes out of commercial kitchens at the end of service. Sort of a raw meat/trash/burnt oil scent. NOT PLEASANT. And strong. I found it overpowering and super distracting.

Other than that, this is a real gem to have in Asheville. Made us feel quite cosmopolitan in our small town!

  • Visited February 2014
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English first
Savannah, Georgia, United States
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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“Cocktails”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Stopped in while out wandering around after hearing about this place from a bartender at a different restaurant. Decided to check it out as it was supposed to have some amazing cocktails. it did not disappoint. Each cocktail is meticulously prepared all the way down to creating the correctly sized ice cube for each drink.

  • Visited February 2014
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“Very nice upscale bar. Knowledgeable bartenders. ”
Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

What more can one say, this is the upstairs bar attached to Table, much in the way you would expect Table to be an excellent restaurant, The Imperial Life is just as excellent as a great little upscale bar. Drinks mixed to perfection, large ice cubes custom cut to whatever type of drink you may be having for an added touch of excellence. The bar food is even top notch. You will pay more than any regular bar but you get what you pay for.

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