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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:

 Frequently Asked Questions


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.



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.


Petworth Citizen and Reading Room

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Petworth Citizen and Reading Room

Venue Details

Type of Venue
Price Range
$10 - $15
Laid-back haunt pairing inventive cocktails with classic drinks, pub grub & a library in cozy digs.
Address: 829 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Editor reviews

1 reviews

The people are as great as the drinks are
(Updated: March 08, 2016)
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Ambiance: A cozy little bar serving pub grub and tasty drinks. In the back there is a lovely reading room, piled floor to ceiling with great books and a service bar with absinthe fountain.

Selection: While the selection of absinthes is limited, they keep it focused on good brands; Vilya, Corsair, Pernod, etc.

Service: With the addition of their new absinthe fountain, their preparation is on point, not to mention the tasty absinthe cocktails. Bartender Dan Searing boasted that every great drink can be made even greater by adding absinthe.

Knowledge: Judging by the absinthe education seminar they put on last weekend, Dan and his partner Chantal know a great deal about the drink and its history.

Overall: What a wonderfully quaint little escape in northern DC. I highly recommend it. If you can, get tickets for some of their educational seminars (this weekend is Irish Whiskey, and next weekend is Sherry!), or attend one of their cocktail events that center on cocktails inspired by literary works.

Price: right in line with a good cocktail bar.

Highly recommended!

*Absinthe fountain pic courtesy of Chantal Tseng
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