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Taking up prime position at the Paris end of the city's theatre district and a mere stone's throw from Parliament House, the Imperial Hotel pays tribute to prominent political figures from the past with caricatures that grace the finished timber panelling in the bistro dining area as a tribute to bygone Melbourne. Choose to sit at a regular table or in one of many booths and be treated to an internationally inspired Modern Australian menu. Friday nights things hot up in the bar with $5 pints offered between 6pm and 8pm, with a live band from 7.30pm.
Food at The Imperial Hotel is mostly of the traditional pub-fare kind, however the menu boasts some superb internationally inspired tempters. Nibble on an Imperial cobloaf served with butter and olive oil while enjoying the soup of the day, or try the crispy Thai-style calamari salad with baby spinach, sweetcorn and diced tomato drizzled with sweet chilli mayonnaise. Follow with a traditional pub meal such as the chicken parmigiana comprising a golden crumbed chicken schnitzel topped with leg ham, Napoli sauce and melted cheese, served with a garden salad and thick cut chips; or perhaps a wood-fired oven pizza. The comprehensive wine list boasts local and international varieties, with a diverse selection of ciders, alcoholic sodas and champagne.