Absinthe Bar

Absinthe Bar / Historic Bar
Absinthe Bar Patrons will stroll into the past at Absinthe Bar, a museum and bar tucked away in an intimate cellar complete with dizzying posters of Van Gogh and the Green Fairy. French Riviera France 43.5808936 7.127228
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Party Earth Review Patrons will stroll into the past at Absinthe Bar, a museum and bar tucked away in an intimate cellar complete with dizzying posters of Van Gogh and the Green Fairy. The original 1850s bar adds to the authenticity and... ... read full review

  • Phone:

    04 93 34 93 00

  • Hours:

    Daily 9am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Absinthe Bar Review

The Scene

Patrons will stroll into the past at Absinthe Bar, a museum and bar tucked away in an intimate cellar complete with dizzying posters of Van Gogh and the Green Fairy.

Patrons will stroll into the past at Absinthe Bar, a museum and bar tucked away in an intimate cellar complete with dizzying posters of Van Gogh and the Green Fairy.

The original 1850s bar adds to the authenticity and ambiance of the place, which also features four-spigot water fountains, delicate sugar spoons, and an antique wine collection.

A unique display of hats isn’t just for show – the staff asks that absinthe-drinking customers don the hats as a tribute to the artists and writers who have turned to the green potion for inspiration for the past three hundred years. And when that artistic mood strikes, the easygoing yet adventurous patrons often take advantage of the two pianos, a guitar, and various other instruments the bar has put at their disposal.

The friendly and enthusiastic owner delights in educating visitors about the different varieties of absinthe and wine he sells, and also offers an intriguing and detailed history of the famous drink.

A charming boutique at the top of the stairs sells a variety of local olive oils, fine wines, and bottles of absinthe.

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Tip from Jonah:

This place is unlikely to be packed or rowdy, so go with a small group of friends and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere that French poets Baudelaire and Verlaine themselves enjoyed back in the nineteenth century. Also, there are plenty of tasty and unique non-absinthe drinks that are definitely worth trying.

  • Crowd

    Casual, sociable, and laid back, mostly 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live jazz and blues Thursdays through Saturdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar snacks. Twenty-five varieties of absinthe.

  • Prices

    Absinthe €5+, wine €4+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Best on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for the live music. Other days are also great for those looking for a chance to jam.

Absinthe Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Great, really unique!
Francesca D. Apr 8, 2013
I went here Friday night, and really enjoyed it. By the time we got there, around 10, the place was packed. Inside is quite small,so we waited about 10 minutes which was a bit annoying but, it was worth it. There's around 15 tables inside, so its a tight squeeze, but the environment is so welcoming and relaxed, you wont mind squeezing your way through. The bar provides an assortment of hats that you switch around every couple of minutes. For me, this just added to the friendly environment. Admittedly, I'm not absinthe's biggest fan, this was my second time having it, but I would go back again to just enjoy the atmosphere, and the hats!
I loved this place!
Chris H. Mar 21, 2013
I went here with a group of friends and had a great time. The staff were very friendly and invited us to wear a wide range of vintage hats. The absinthe makes you a completely different kind of drunk, something I would definitely recommend.
Not what it was in the 1800s
Tara R. Dec 13, 2012
I was really looking forward to L’Absinthe Bar; Antibes feels ancient, and I wanted to be transported back to my alter ego of French bohemian/ tortured poet-artist a la Van Gogh and Baudelaire. Perhaps my high expectations set this lovely little basement to be doomed to fail. The absinthe wasn’t that great, and the staff are a bit too snooty-French-stereotype, and it’s off-putting in an establishment that’s supposed to have the relaxing factor of an opium den. The bar is impressive with its history and its atmosphere—that much is undeniable—but having unfriendly wait staff can severely damage my opinion of a place.
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