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Absinth Depot

Weinmeisterstrasse 4, 10178 Berlin-Mitte

 

Not sure what types of absinthe they sell, but it's listed on Alan's blog, which adds some validity to me at least.

 

As of 2005 (Retrogarde's last visit there), it was a well stocked store that sold high quality Absinthe and a nice selection of reproduction glassware, spoons and fountains.

 

You can visit their website here.

 

Note: Retrogarde just translated some of the text on their page and it has the old "THC and Thujon" foolishness. Too bad.

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Assel

Oranienburger Str. 21

 

A basement bar and grill right in the middle of Berlin. This is where I had my first glass of Absinthe. Although I have no idea what the brand was, I know it wasn't a Czech Absinth. The waitress did not prepare the drink for me, but I was not offered matches either, so that's a good sign.

 

The menu includes Vegetarian options too, if that's your thing.

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The exterior of Assel on a summer day.

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My first glass of Absinthe, in the back room at Assel.

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Assel

 

A basement bar and grill right in the middle of Berlin. This is where I had my first glass of Absinthe. Although I have no idea what the brand was, I know it wasn't a Czech Absinth.

I have vague memories of having a beer in that bar. I am pretty sure their absinthe was Tabu. The bar is nice. Tabu is not.

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in '04 I was briefly there, but all the Absinthe I could find was thujone-boosted this and that. My Dad was giving me shit about drinking "brain-rotting poison" whilst stocking up on Cuban cigars, I told him one of those cigars could kill us six times over if infused into a drink, one that in retrospect wouldnt taste too much worse than Czechsinthe.

 

A great town, though, I really loved Berlin and would return in a heartbeat.

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in '04 I was briefly there, but all the Absinthe I could find was thujone-boosted this and that. My Dad was giving me shit about drinking "brain-rotting poison" whilst stocking up on Cuban cigars, I told him one of those cigars could kill us six times over if infused into a drink, one that in retrospect wouldnt taste too much worse than Czechsinthe.

 

A great town, though, I really loved Berlin and would return in a heartbeat.

 

i was in berlin in summer of 1990. the wall had just come down symbolically.....large sections were still up though.... it was difficult to find anything worth drinking in east berlin at that time...... west berlin was totally the opposite. but germany as a whole is a great country, especially bavaria..........

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My brother stopped by the "Absinth Depot" this week and had a very pleasant experience. the employee who was there was very helpful and his girlfriend ended up with a bottle of La Grenouillarde by La Valote Martin. I had by brother pick up a bottle of Berthe de Joux for me while he was still in Berlin so I'm looking forward to getting a good French Absinthe without paying a billion dollars in shipping.

 

They have all the Jades and other good European brands to go along with their selection of faux thujone brands. Though my brother said the employee described the majority of Czech absinthe as "Potent, but with crap taste." and when asked about the "Cannabis Absinthe" the guy said not to get it it's just a tourist trap. I'm not sure if the guy buys the Thujone hype but at the very least if you're in Berlin and want some Absinthe you can buy a bottle there or have a glass at their bar.

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Absinthe Depot is one of the good places in that part of the world. One of the owners, Le Baron, is a friend of mine and knows a lot about good absinthe. Two years ago in Pontarlier, he literally gave me the shirt off his back... Well, his cool black Absinthe Depot Berlin zip-up hoodie, at least. The guys at this shop know the difference between absinthe, and fake absinthe, and try to educate. Having the crap for sale isn't a bad thing necessarily, if folks come in for it, and learn about the good stuff, and the right way to prepare it. Things are starting to shift; even Hills has reformulated and is making something that can be considered a basic entry-level absinthe, though I certainly am in no hurry to buy it, and doubt it is any good.

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I just returned from Berlin, and visited the Absinthe Depot (more than once) and left a little poorer. They have a very large selection of Absinthe, and are very helpful guys. Their prices are quite cheap compared to the cost of the same brands in Australia, My father is coming out in August and he will have a shopping list before he comes :).

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