10 reviews of Absinth in English
Theres something very dark and mysterious about this place that captures the imagingation. The selection of absinthe is remarkable, and the ordering process adds to the feel of mystery. The bar tender is fantastic, offering advice to the novice drinker (me) on what to have, which will aptly suit my pallette. Just brilliant...a unique experience and one which will definately be enjoyed again
Can't believe I haven't written a review of this yet. When I arrived in Hamburg I heard much about the history of Absinth bar, but wasn't able to go there as it had just shut down.
However, daily I saw the guy trekking through the streets of Hamburg covered in brickdust, on the 1.5 year epic to refit the place. It was definitely worth it. Very very chic. Tasteful furniture and a minimalist wrought iron and glass bar. Cool.
And they play jazz in here. Well, actually, of course they place jazz in here. It's cool. Like 60s cool. Old school cool.
This is one of the best bars in Hamburg, so make sure you drop by. And don't drink anything other than absinth. One of the dev team disgraced themselves having a soft drink. Shocker.
What to say when most is already said?
To be honest i am not a big fan of high proof alcohol, but at Absinth bar its not only about that.
What really do like is places where the owner loves what he is doing and where you can feel this in every single detail.
Can't wait to show this place to friends!
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Absinth bar is back! Hurrah! It was always one of the best and most unique bars in Hamburg and now after a year away it has returned bigger and better than ever!
If you're familiar with it's old location this is literally more of the same. "More" in that it's much bigger, but it still retains the charm it used to have.
With the increased space it seems that they're already attracting more customers, so the place is full most nights. One minor problem in these cold winter nights is that they seriously need to fix the door to make it close itself automatically. Trust me, after 10 minutes of sitting in there on a cold night you'll understand!
My review of the old Absinth bar: We were on the way home from Omas. We were going to show our friend around the best bars in the schanze, but then we noticed the Absinth bar. We actually walked past, but then while discussing it briefly, we thought "hey, why not" and went back.
The place is tiny, but really well decorated with a beautiful bar full of every kind of Absinth there is. The walls have plaster strategically removed in patches to give it a pseudo-shambolic feel.
Not knowing one Absinth from the next we asked for some ordering advice. We were asked do you like it bitter? Do you like it sweet? Bottles were brought to the table and opened for us to sniff. I do wonder whether the service is always so great, because we were the only four people in there! Anyway, for us the service was great.
Our chosen drinks were brought on silver plates, with silver spoons holding an absinth dowsed sugar cube. The owner then set alight each cube for us, and explained how to drink our drinks - for our second round there were different instructions for different absinths.
All in all a very unique experience, and surprisingly relaxing and tasty.
Even if you are not a big fan of Absinth (my case) I still recommend you visiting this place. The owner will find something (out of a 200+ different sorts) that suites you.
This is a great place to go and relax after a hard day at work or maybe just talk to your friends.
If you are not aniseed fan then try “King of Spirits”.
This place is amazing. I can not compare it with any bar that I've ever been to. The owner of the bar knows his stuff and can suggest you an absinth that suits you best.
This is my favorite bar in Hamburg now.
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The couple who run this place are great. Vampirish, fixed smiles and waxy skin… and absolutely perfect to run a gorgeous, gothy bar. Incredible range of absinthe and other drinks. Don’t come here when you’re in a rush, each drink is lovingly made, which takes a while. But totally worth it, absolutely divine. When I next visit Hamburg with a friend of mine, I’ll make sure we go here. I’m making this place a favourite cos they made sure none of my drinks tasted aniseedy!
It's too bad that I'm not a big fan of Absinthe (it's the alcohol content and the aniseed that kill it for me), otherwise I'd probably make this place a second home. There's something mysterious and magical about the Absinth Bar, which reminds me of my teenage years, when we'd all dress up in black and run around the streets at night, hopping from bar to bar and listening to Within Temptation (I'm losing points for this, aren't I).
The couple that runs this place are part of what makes this place a must-visit. The guy who served our table was extremely knowledgeable about Absinthe and it's sorts. It was obvious that this place was built around their passion for the drink and it's culture. The establishment itself is small, dimly lit and, well, green. It reminded me a bit of a bar you'd find in Narnia, after passing through the closet.
I didn't have any Absinthe, but my friends did - the prices didn't seem like they'd break the bank, but they weren't entirely cheap, either. To be honest, if I would have ordered some Absinthe, I'd probably prefer to pay an extra few euros and get a quality drink. I'm following the age-old beer rule here: the cheaper the beer, the bigger the hangover.
Perhaps I'll order a drink during my next visit, since it seems the folks who run the place will probably be able to suggest an Absinthe which my body won't, err, reject. I will, however, take a star off the rating for the seating arrangements in the bar. They are somewhat uncomfortable (hard wooden bench-type arrangements) and I'd like to think that a good Absinthe is at least 40% general atmosphere.
Recommended to folks who'd like to try something different for a change.
An odd but wonderful place. We had no intention of going in here. In fact, i'm pretty sure i said i wanted a quiet night! Anyway, we ended up the Absinthe bar at about 10pm last night. The selection of Absinthe is remarkable. They must have over 250 different bottles going all the way up to 89% rocket fuel. None of us were brave enough to try this!
The service was exceptional. We prety much had our own Somelier. An excellent (very different night out). 10 out of 10.
Absinthe is certainly something different. Run by a couple who had been "talking about setting up an Absinthe bar for 6 years", they got around the legal issues of selling such poison a year ago, and are now living the dream.
There's something very odd about this place. The ambiance is almost out of a vampire film, and quaffing copious quantities of the green stuff only amplifies it.
The selection of spirits is extremely comprehensive. I would guess they basically have everything, and serve it in style. You could also take a beer here, but why would you?
If I had to pick holes (apart from the ones in the walls!), I'd be that the seating is not conducive to curling up and going to sleep. I'd imagine this is deliberate!
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