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#31 Improvidius

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 10:13 AM

You can buy a glass of Kübler at the following locations:

Big Jones:

5347 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640

They charged me $9 for one. They gave me a shot in a glass with a small carafe of ice-cold water on the side, perfect (I asked for no sugar).



Vincet:

1475 W. Balmoral Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640

$12 for a Kübler and they made it wrong - I asked for it without sugar and a side of water, the waiter came back with a side of water - but the Kübler was on the rocks, weird. However I think the bartender simply filled a glass with ice and poured the Kübler over it until the glass was full, so I got a very large portion of absinthe so that was fine with me.


Both of these restaurants I highly recommend. The service can be a little weird/slow at Big Jones, and that can be annoying, so be warned. Vincent's is great, its a dutch bistro, great food, nice place, made me want to go back to the Netherlands. Of the two, Vincet is definitely more expensive.

I also have a place that serves absinthe that I recommend everyone AVOID if you are travelling to Chicago:

Bistro 110
110 East Pearson Street
Chicago, IL 60611

This place sucks. Plain and simple, it is not a French bistro, its a tourist trap. They have Lucid on the menu for $14. Rip off. The main reason this place is a total joke is due to the service - every single employee of this establishment knows 1) Literally nothing about French food or drink 2) Nothing about their own menu. Its ridiculous, for various reasons I've been to this place a few times, literally everytime there has been an issue with getting a drink or something and literally being met with blank stares or being told "we don't have that" when in fact they most definitely do. They literally hire waitstaff with the least experience possible. I don't get it at all, the owner is from France, he should be ashamed.

#32 TheLoucheyMonster!

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:46 AM

Coming in July:

The Savoy

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The Savoy, a seafood-focused restaurant with a varying beverage program with a spotlight on absinthe


Serving absinthe in the traditional French/Swiss style in individual hand-blown glassware, the Savoy will have absinthe mainly from Europe and the U.S. including Kübler, Pernod, Tennyson, St. George, North Shore and others.



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Posted 23 July 2012 - 01:39 PM

The Savoy is opening tonight. Here's the drink menu. I've never seen this great of a selection in North America. I can't wait to visit. Leopold and Meadow of Love! Note: La Clandestine is labled (b)FR, I presume which is suppose to stand for blanche/bleue and from France. :laf:

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 01:56 PM

Very interesting selection!

I don't see any logic in how they differentiate between "Classique" and "Moderne" ? :unsure:

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 02:29 PM

Very interesting selection!

I don't see any logic in how they differentiate between "Classique" and "Moderne" ? :unsure:



I just asked them via facebook...we'll see what their response is. Perhaps these are not the final menus. But really...Pacifique a "Moderne" while Grande Absinthe gets the title of "Classique". It's really a punch in the gut.

Edited by eskay, 23 July 2012 - 02:30 PM.


#36 Evan Camomile

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 02:41 PM

Those listings are all funky! You got some historical stuff in "modern" and some wild crap up in "classique". It's not just one or two brands it's half of each menu.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 02:49 PM

Ha! that that is exactly how I broke it down as well. About half I would disagree with.

Decided by coin toss?

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:11 PM

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 07:53 PM

Good point fpb. I'm surprised I didn't catch that.

EDIT: Nothing to see here. :police:

Edited by Evan Camomile, 24 July 2012 - 02:35 PM.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 07:55 PM

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#41 Brian Robinson

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:50 AM

Thanks. :pirate:
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:08 AM

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:24 AM

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 06:37 AM

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 07:48 AM

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 08:22 AM

:cheers:
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#47 Père Ubu

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 08:28 AM

Agree with Shabba. pdf is one thing, open forum, bad ju ju.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 10:58 AM

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 02:38 PM

I'm sure there was no ill-intent.

None at all but you do have a good point.

The amount of error still worries me that it could end badly, with or without help from donkeys.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 06:34 PM

I don't disagree with that one bit. I'd just feel bad if it ended badly because of us instead of because of their own 'dumbassity'. :wave2:

And Fpb, I want to give you a public apology, as it seems like you were significantly more offended by my comment than was intended. The term 'donkey' is a term of endearment in the DC area (made famous by the nationally syndicated Sports Junkies radio show, which I've been listening to lately).

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Sorry if you took it as a more vindictive attack.

And sorry to you as well Evan, if you took it in a similar manner.
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#51 Evan Camomile

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:58 PM

I don't disagree with that one bit. I'd just feel bad if it ended badly because of us instead of because of their own 'dumbassity'. :wave2:

I'm not so much concerned for the bar, they can't even get modern and historical Absinthe straight. I'm concerned what any scandal would do for Absinthe as a category in the United States.

Sorry if you took it as a more vindictive attack.

And sorry to you as well Evan, if you took it in a similar manner.

No, I've been called worse things. Donkey is rather nice compared to what I'm used to. :devil:

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 02:13 AM

I don't see why it would have any negative effect. Especially since they don't even acknowledge any differences or advertise any hype about why certain bottles in their lineup are more unique than others.
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:01 PM

With luck, I'll give the place a try in August and we'll see what's "classique" or not I suppose.
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:31 PM

WOOPS! NEVER MIND!!.... :fork:

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