It is easy to miss the Imperial Lane entrance on Queen Street but that makes it all the more fun when you do discover it. Imperial Lane is Auckland’s newest lane-way which joins Fort Lane with Queen Street. The Imperial Buildings used to be the home of two picture theatres but now the building plays host to likes of Louis Vuitton and Gucci, amongst others. A $13 million makeover has seen this building transformed into one of Auckland’s hippest hang outs, a place to be seen, to socialise and to enjoy. The Mebourne-style lane-way is home to three new establishments:
Located on the ground floor between Fort Lane and Imperial Lane, is a late-night cafe/coffee bar that turns into an oyster/tapas bar in the evenings. We love the chairs and tables outside along Fort Lane, the chic Industrial touch, the spiral staircase and the raw elements of the building’s structure.
What is left of the 1911 Queen’s theatre’s ornate plastered ceiling is part of Everybody’s bistro/bar that opens on to an internal courtyard. We love the exaggerated lighting, the booth seating, the large sofa on the mezzanine level, the hanging gardens and the Art Deco/Victorian inspired bar.
Next door to Everybody’s, in the former theatre space which became the Roxy in 1929, is a more formal restaurant named Roxy with matching neon letters outside in Fort Lane. We love the dark-moody ambience, the pressed metallic walls, the original (and still scorched) brickwork, the sofas, the bubble lighting and the outdoor patio overlooking Fort Lane.
All in All, Imperial Lane is a welcome addition to downtown Auckland. Not only does it enhance Fort Lane, it also enhances our choice of venues in the city. We wish them all the best with their new venture and welcome them with open arms. Related Post [Please Note that all images have copyright to Eye on Auckland].