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The Absinthe Salon

$$ - $$$
Surry Hills
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87 Albion Street, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2010, Australia
+61 2 9211 6632
16:00 - 22:00
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Wed - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Greeted at the door from a gent in a bowler hat and suspenders instantly brought visions of a Clockwork Orange and the night become more bizarre (in a very good way) as it progressed. The service was top notch and the staff appear to be true lovers of the product. I never got the impression they were working...more happy to... More 

Thank Thislifelistlee
Adelaide, Australia
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We visited here on a weeknight, so it was relatively quiet, but booking would be wise on weekends. From the outset you know there is going to be drama involved when you ring the bell to to allowed entry to the foyer. You are then ushered into the softly lit main room and seated promptly. The interior is a bit... More 

Thank StellaBear13
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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980 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 650 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

It's pretty authentic and therefore quite cool looking, so it definitely offers a different experience. Personally I found a shot of absinthe for $16-20 to be way too much, and I didn't particularly enjoy the one I ordered or the taste of the others my friend's had ordered. I felt service was a little slow too. It's a novel thing... More 

Thank When-on-me-travels
Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

even just by peeping into the window, you'll know immediately that you'll be in for a fantastic experience... once you enter, you'll be immediately transported into a whimsical wonderland. as you get seated, you get introduced into the many different varieties of Absinthe --- i thought there was only one type. i found it a little confusing looking at the... More 

Thank 115barbaraanng
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

Ended up there by chance, and it opened a whole new door for drinking experience. The environment, the staff and all the effort they make to ensure you are not just having a special drink, but experiencing something new and as close as it can get to authentic, teach you the history and how to appreciate absinthe. I am know... More 

Thank JuliaBL84
Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

A totally new experience for me. Rang the bell n was welcomed by a v friendly guy who sat me down wif a menu. As its my first time trying absinthe , he went thru the whole process In details. V informative indeed. Like the decor of the whole salon, v gothic feel. Interesting experience, recommended for those who like... More 

Thank Peng Y
United Kingdom
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015

To begin our exciting experience at absinth saloon we approached a black painted corner house which looked like a possibly vacant property, with no signage and decorative iron bars across both windows and doors. After questioning if we were at the correct address we noticed on the door there was a little sign advising to ring the door bell. We... More 

Thank Gemma T
Sydney, Australia
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84 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

Interesting atmosphere, really cool decor. Staff were very knowledgable and well presented. Came here with a small group - small venue wouldn't recommend a large group. Drinks were reasonably priced, would recommend booking in advance.

Thank Emma A
Sydney, Australia
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95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

I had never heard of this place until last week. We went here with a booking and it was great! Very quirky and a great atmosphere! Staff were dressed up and very helpful and informative. There is a limit of 3 Absinthe drinks per person and a large array of Absinthe on the menu so was certainly a nice treat!... More 

Thank Michael D
Newport, Australia
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

I have been going to the Absinthe Salon for quite a few years now and each time I go, I can't wait to go back! If you want to experience something completely different before going to dinner in the city, I highly recommend this place to kick off your evening. Set in a Parisian-styled parlour with staff in themed costume... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 87 Albion Street, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Surry Hills
  • Neighbourhood: Surry Hills
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9211 6632

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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