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“What a gem.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Absinthe Salon

The Absinthe Salon
87 Albion Street, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2010, Australia
02 9211 6632
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Ranked #543 of 4,204 Restaurants in Sydney
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Reservations
Byron Bay, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“What a gem.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

A small intimate area in the back of an old terrace tastfuly decorated. After checking the place out on the net thought we would give it a go on a recent trip to Sydney. Found it a delight and the theatre of it all was fantastic. Right from having to buzz in through the wrought iron gates to the whole absinthe experience. We even learnt a bit about the history of absinthe. If travelling in I would book as we did so you wont be dis appointed as the place is small. Thanks to all at Absinthe Salon as we had a great night.

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  • English first
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“A very enjoyable experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

This is a great salon bar where you can drink absinthe. I have never had it before so it was a great experience. You can only get in with reservations and there is a 3 drink maximum per person because the alcohol content is so high!
There's a lovely entrance where you ring the bell to get in. And then you are taken into the main salon. The decor was amazing and I felt that I was sitting in a upmarket cafe in Paris yet warm and cosy. The bartender was very informative and told us how to select our choices from the extensive menu by starting with the lower alcohol content absinthe first.
There are lovely water taps on the tables which you can use to dilute the absinthe. I found out that I don't like absinthe, having tried a few sips of various other types, but I still enjoyed the experience.
This is a place where you go to have a quiet drink with your mates and interesting conversation. I would definitely recommend going early as soon as they open and then out for dinner afterwards, making a night of it.
Very tasteful! Just remember you can't get in without reservations!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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“It's a delightful absinthe experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

This is the type of place you go to enjoy the experience and theatre of drinking absinthe. Forget all the 'green fairy' stuff, it's a taste of Parisian sophistication in the heart of Sydney and the staff are fabulous experts in their field. There is an unrivalled selection of absinthe and the drink is to be savoured - it's about taking your time to soak up the atmosphere. The service is exceptional and it could certainly be enjoyed for a special occasion, but then it would also make a wonderful weekly event. There is a 3 drink maximum and no food served, so my advice is to go pre-dinner as your taste buds will come out tingling and you'll enjoy a special meal afterwards.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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