The Imperial Hotel – Tweed Coast Guide

Sitting in the heart of Murwillumbah, The Imperial is an iconic pink Art Deco pub & hotel built in 1931. The Impy (as it’s known locally) is one of the Tweed’s oldest pubs, and sits within walking distance of town’s main attractions, as well as short drive to the Northern Rivers Rail Trail, & the Tweed Regional Gallery.

Born in 1931, The Imperial is one of the Tweed’s oldest hotels, and an iconic example of the region’s famous Art Deco architecture. It also boasts a past more colourful than its salmon pink exterior – it’s been burnt down (twice), reconstructed (twice) and claims its own resident ghost. Originally on site was the Higgins Imperial Hotel, the 2-storey timber structure constructed prior to 1906. This building burnt down in the great fire of Murwillumbah in 1907, before being re-constructed in 1908. In 1929, a second town fire took place, claiming (again) The Impy. The current Art Deco-style building was completed in 1931, funded by then owners Tooheys Brewery. Today The Impy is a hotel, bar, bistro & bottleshop open from 10.00am, 7 days a week.

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