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The Imperial Hotel
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The Imperial Hotel reveals its swanky new bar, No 76 with regular live music
Plus their popular restaurant Sketch launches a new dinner menu
 Thurs 1st December 2022

Photo credit: Louis Tang @noirxtone (Instagram)

Cork’s elegant Imperial Hotel has unveiled further plans to bring its food and drinks offering to the next level. The Imperial’s former restaurant at their South Mall entrance has undergone a makeover and will be home to a swanky new bar, No. 76.

The space has a new look and feel with a fresh navy and blue colour palette and specially commissioned wallpaper, based on the hotel’s dinnerware from 1890 and Cork landmarks behind each place on the pattern, which hold significant meaning for Cork’s oldest hotel. Two plates from the dinner set were gifted to an employee named Annie Perrie for her wedding and were passed down to her eldest granddaughter who gifted them back to the hotel in 2018.

No. 76 will open Thursday to Sunday and will have live music every night in December, with an eclectic mix of lounge, soul and jazz. There a fully stocked bar featuring the hotel’s signature cocktails which use 99% local ingredients, along with their own Imperial Pale Ale (IPA), which has an ‘8 miles to the tap’ ethos, locally brewed Cotton Ball craft beers, Guinness and Diageo products, spirits, and their popular European organic and vegan wines and Taittinger champagne flights.

Due to its popularity, their botanical-themed Sketch venue on Pembroke Street will become the main restaurant, serving brunch, lunch and a newly designed dinner menu devised by the recently appointed Executive Head Chef Ali Honour.

The menu, which will change regularly to ensure it features fresh local produce and to cut down on food waste, will feature small plates of appetisers and starters along with mouth-watering mains and elevated desserts. P. O’Connell Butchers, Ballycotton Seafood, Toonsbridge Dairy, The English Market, and Gulfstream, known for responsible and sustainable fishing, are some of the local producers that feature in the menu.

The restaurant, which is an oasis of informal charm, looks set to become a top spot to catch up with friends over delicious food and original locally sourced cocktails, like the Princess Grace, the Rebel Passion and the Season’s Diamond.

Commenting on the announcement, General Manager Bastien Peyraud said “We are proud to be a multi-award-winning hotel guided by a sustainable mindset. Our ethos is to constantly evolve, and we’re very excited to lift the lid on dinner at Sketch and launch our swanky new bar at No. 76, which will hopefully become a top spot to socialise in.”

Both venues will feature an invisible cocktail for €5 with 0 calories and 100% of proceeds going to the Rebel Wheelers, who empower children and adults with a physical disability by introducing them to sports in a fun and safe environment.

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