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Did You Know Absinthe Is ...

Wormwood Society Logo• Not poisonous, and never was?
• Not hallucinogenic, and never was?
• Legal in the USA since the 1960s?
• Not just a novelty? There are fine absinthes, just like fine wine, whisky, and cognac.  Read more here:

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Preparing Absinthe In Society

Properly preparing a glass of absinthe isn't as complicated as you may think.

Absinthe enthusiasts often refer to absinthe preparation as the "absinthe ritual", but it's not very different from making a cup of tea.

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Absinthe Evaluation Tutorial

Do you know how to tell a great absinthe from a so-so absinthe?  What does one look for, or demand, in a glass of absinthe?  Just as with fine wine, fine absinthe has a whole language and system for evaluation and tasting.

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Libertine - PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Libertine - PERMANENTLY CLOSED

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Venue Details

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Type of Venue
Price Range
$10 - $15
2435 18th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia


Libertine, in the Adams Morgan section of DC likely has one of the largest selections of absinthe in the DC metro area.

Editor reviews

Ambiance: A small, yet not uncomfortable space in Adams Morgan. Nice decor. Can get a bit loud when busy.

Selection: one of the best in the DC area. A substantial number of good brands; local, domestic, and import. I'd give it a 5, but they do carry several brands that are notorious for trying to associate absinthe with drugs.

Service: No fire here. They do it the right way. They have several fountains arranged around the bar and nice glassware including your traditional reservoir glass. Every once in a while, you'll get a glass that isn't diluted quite as much as should be, but they also provide you with a porron (a traditional Catalan wine decanter that can be used with ice-cold water to pour a thin stream into the glass) with which you can dilute further.

Knowledge: Amy and her staff know a good deal about absinthe. They also host regular absinthe education seminars with local experts on the topic, including our Review Editor. Further, they even carry copies of the Wormwood Society education flier to help educate patrons.

Quality of service: the drinks (both traditional absinthe, as well as cocktails) are delicious. Their food is also VERY good.

Price: very affordable for the quality and the location.

I highly recommend anyone fond of absinthe to check the place out.
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4.3
Ambiance 
 
4.0
Absinthe Selection 
 
4.5
Absinthe Service 
 
4.0
Absinthe Knowledge 
 
4.5
Overall Quality of Service 
 
4.5
Price 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson January 18, 2016
Last updated: January 18, 2016
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A fun place to have a properly prepared absinthe

Ambiance: A small, yet not uncomfortable space in Adams Morgan. Nice decor. Can get a bit loud when busy.

Selection: one of the best in the DC area. A substantial number of good brands; local, domestic, and import. I'd give it a 5, but they do carry several brands that are notorious for trying to associate absinthe with drugs.

Service: No fire here. They do it the right way. They have several fountains arranged around the bar and nice glassware including your traditional reservoir glass. Every once in a while, you'll get a glass that isn't diluted quite as much as should be, but they also provide you with a porron (a traditional Catalan wine decanter that can be used with ice-cold water to pour a thin stream into the glass) with which you can dilute further.

Knowledge: Amy and her staff know a good deal about absinthe. They also host regular absinthe education seminars with local experts on the topic, including our Review Editor. Further, they even carry copies of the Wormwood Society education flier to help educate patrons.

Quality of service: the drinks (both traditional absinthe, as well as cocktails) are delicious. Their food is also VERY good.

Price: very affordable for the quality and the location.

I highly recommend anyone fond of absinthe to check the place out.

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