For an intimate space, the Imperial has a whole lot going on. Credit the meticulous owners Bill Thomas and Stephen King, who also built Adams Morgan neighbor Jack Rose—a bar that boasts the largest whiskey collection in the Western Hemisphere. While their second act is different from its predecessor in many ways, its bones are similar, right down to a firelit room and rooftop bar. There’s an encyclopedic collection of rare spirits and innovative cocktails (Jack Rose’s lauded cocktail bar, Dram & Grain, has moved here). The two also share a Southern-leaning dining room helmed by chef Russell Jones. Add a bunch of new features like an extensive wine collection and raw bar, and you can see why the Imperial has been over two years in the making.