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The Absinthe Salon

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87 Albion Street, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2010, Australia
+61 2 9211 6632
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16:00 - 22:00
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Wheaton, Illinois
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

My friends and I went here on a whim before a crazy night out and it was a pretty cool way to start our night! The ambience in the salon is really cool and the staff really know their stuff! You don't just drink the absinthe, you experience it! Worth a visit if you are in the area!

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Thank Larz1125
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Passion and knowledge is what drives me to write reviews for a place. The passion and knowledge of the owners of this saloon is what made for a nice visit. If you enjoy absinthe as I do they were happy to engage and talk about the drink and where to find it around the world. If you are new to... More 

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Thank Chris G
Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Greeted at the door from a gent in a bowler hat and suspenders instantly brought visions of a Clockwork Orange and the night become more bizarre (in a very good way) as it progressed. The service was top notch and the staff appear to be true lovers of the product. I never got the impression they were working...more happy to... More 

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Thank Thislifelistlee
Adelaide, Australia
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We visited here on a weeknight, so it was relatively quiet, but booking would be wise on weekends. From the outset you know there is going to be drama involved when you ring the bell to to allowed entry to the foyer. You are then ushered into the softly lit main room and seated promptly. The interior is a bit... More 

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Thank StellaBear13
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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1,004 reviews
385 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 666 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

It's pretty authentic and therefore quite cool looking, so it definitely offers a different experience. Personally I found a shot of absinthe for $16-20 to be way too much, and I didn't particularly enjoy the one I ordered or the taste of the others my friend's had ordered. I felt service was a little slow too. It's a novel thing... More 

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Thank When-on-me-travels
Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

even just by peeping into the window, you'll know immediately that you'll be in for a fantastic experience... once you enter, you'll be immediately transported into a whimsical wonderland. as you get seated, you get introduced into the many different varieties of Absinthe --- i thought there was only one type. i found it a little confusing looking at the... More 

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Thank 115barbaraanng
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

Ended up there by chance, and it opened a whole new door for drinking experience. The environment, the staff and all the effort they make to ensure you are not just having a special drink, but experiencing something new and as close as it can get to authentic, teach you the history and how to appreciate absinthe. I am know... More 

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Thank JuliaBL84
Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2015

A totally new experience for me. Rang the bell n was welcomed by a v friendly guy who sat me down wif a menu. As its my first time trying absinthe , he went thru the whole process In details. V informative indeed. Like the decor of the whole salon, v gothic feel. Interesting experience, recommended for those who like... More 

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Thank Peng Y
United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2015

To begin our exciting experience at absinth saloon we approached a black painted corner house which looked like a possibly vacant property, with no signage and decorative iron bars across both windows and doors. After questioning if we were at the correct address we noticed on the door there was a little sign advising to ring the door bell. We... More 

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Thank Gemma T
Sydney, Australia
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85 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Interesting atmosphere, really cool decor. Staff were very knowledgable and well presented. Came here with a small group - small venue wouldn't recommend a large group. Drinks were reasonably priced, would recommend booking in advance.

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Restaurant Details

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Cuisine
French
Meals
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Wednesday
16:00 - 22:00
Thursday
16:00 - 22:00
Friday
16:00 - 22:00
Saturday
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 87 Albion Street, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Surry Hills
  • Neighbourhood: Surry Hills
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9211 6632

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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