A note on the Absinthe shop and the bar across the way,
I visited them recently. The shop is well stocked with everything from the worst of the worst to almost the best European Absinthes. Prices are good and the shop assistant enthusiastic friendly and helpful.
However his take on what is good absinthe and his patter would probably have a lot of members here reaching for their shotguns. He knows his good absinthe but sells the questionable stuff with gusto to the unwary with phrases pertaining to alcohol and wormwood content. Despite this, I liked the guy and would of gladly spent more time with him if I'd had it.
Whilst my wife and I were in the shop there came at least three young American tourists who walked away with some bad crapsinthe, largely their own fault as they had the young peoples flaw of pretending they already knew most of everything and just needed to be prodded in the crapsinthe direction before they tootled off happy in their collective ignorance. I bought a cheaply made but not entirely cheaply bought fountain (it's better than the plastic bottle nail to a tree stump that I had) and a bottle of Brevans. I was going to buy the Butterfly that was on sale but for some reason didn't.
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They have tasting evenings and seem committed to genuinely promoting their wares.
for the bar
They had Mansinthe............and crud
and the weary service of a trader that is sick to the gills of students and tourists and basically customers in general. The atmosphere was unwelcoming and not the place you'd go to sit and enjoy a genuine absinthe....did I mention the music? No? well imaging someone poking knitting needles in your ears and then kicking you in the balls, that would be more enjoyable.
ps I took more pics but somehow data dumped them, there was another shelf or two stocked with decent bottles.