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Visit The Green Fairy at 10 Places In LA With Absinthe Cocktails

Love the Bohemian lifestyle? Fancy yourself a tortured artiste? Here are 10 places to get absinthe cocktails in Los Angeles.

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"The first stage is like ordinary drinking, the second when you begin to see monstrous and cruel things, but if you can persevere you will enter in upon the third stage where you see things that you want to see, wonderful curious things." - Oscar Wilde

Ah, absinthe. That sweet, pale green alchemical marriage of wormwood, anise, and fennel. Strictly legal in this country only since 2007, this mind-bending, body-warming, heart-swelling, brain-fogging liquid was the drink of choice for many of the 19th and 20th Century's greatest men (and women, no doubt) of arts and letters: Hemingway, Van Gogh, and Picasso, just to name a few.

Perhaps its psychoactive properties have been exaggerated; maybe it won't instill its drinker with great, heretofore untapped artistic abilities. There's still nothing quite like it, however, and while straight-up absinthe is available for consumption at many LA bars these days, a slightly preferable entrée into the green palace for first-timers is with an absinthe cocktail. Here, then, are 10 ways to channel your inner Degas.

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1. The Edison

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108 W 2nd St #101
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 613-0000
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Where else but The Edison? Not only do they have absinthe, but this converted 1910 power plant, LA's first, even has an "Absinthe Fairy" who walks around in costume pushing the stuff. Their "Moonlight" cocktail contains gin, pisco, Swiss Kubler absinthe, and grapefruit juice.

2. The Varnish Bar

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118 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-9999
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The old speakeasy-style lounge in the back of Cole's has a few tricks up its sleeve, one of which is a mean absinthe cocktail called "The Sea Fizz:" Pernod Absinthe, lemon, sugar, egg white, and soda.

3. Pour Vous

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5574 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 871-8699
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What's not to like about a Parisian-style cocktail lounge and nightly burlesque dancing? The adventurous should sample their "Chateau de Cognac," a libation featuring absinthe, cognac, bitters, egg whites, and lemon.

4. Bar Noir

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140 S. Lasky Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(407) 527-5937
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This cute bar in the boutique Beverly Hills hotel Maison 140 is rarely overcrowded and does a daily absinthe happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Try a classic absinthe martini for an interesting twist on the classic.

5. The Thirsty Crow

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2939 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 661-6007
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You may love or hate the clientele, but this popular Silver Lake drinking hole makes a pretty good cocktail. Their "Absinthe Minded Tuesdays" features $5 absinthe cocktails. Try the "sex, drugs & romance," which contains Mata Hari absinthe, geranium liquor, strawberries, and champagne.

6. Oldfield's Liquor Room

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10899 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 842-8066
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Another 1933 Group mainstay, Oldfield's features a couple of excellent absinthe cocktails. Try the "Indy Stutz," which mixes absinthe with Irish whiskey, creme de cassis, lemon, strawberry, and bitters.

7. The Roger Room

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370 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles
CA, 90048
(310) 854-1300
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Come for the freaky wall decor, stay for the cocktails. Located next to the Largo, The Roger Room has a speakeasy vibe and handful of simple but well-done absinthe cocktails. Try "The Grifter," which combines Mata Hari absinthe with mint, simple syrup, and club soda.

8. Kendall's Brasserie and Bar

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135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7322
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This Patina Group mainstay has always been a decent pre-show option for those going to a show at the Music Center, but they also have a fantastic "Green Hour" Tuesday-Friday during which they serve $1 oysters and a nice selection of absinthe cocktails. Their classic "Death in the Afternoon," a nod to Papa Hemingway, contains champagne and La Clandestine absinthe.

9. Faith & Flower

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705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 239-0642
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Haven't heard enough about Faith & Flower yet? Their potent "English Milk Punch" (check out our longer feature on this particular drink) combines several rums, bourbon, arak, Pernod absinthe, Sencha tea, pineapple, and milk.

10. Seventy7

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3843 Main Street
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 559-7707
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Absinthe is popular among the speakeasy-style establishments in the city, and Seventy7 in Culver City is no expection. Enter through the alley under the "cocktails" sign and try their "Lucidly Remembering," which combines absinthe with pomegranate liqueur, strawberry, gin, cointreau, bitters, and lemon juice.

1. The Edison

108 W 2nd St #101, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Where else but The Edison? Not only do they have absinthe, but this converted 1910 power plant, LA's first, even has an "Absinthe Fairy" who walks around in costume pushing the stuff. Their "Moonlight" cocktail contains gin, pisco, Swiss Kubler absinthe, and grapefruit juice.

108 W 2nd St #101
Los Angeles, CA 90012

2. The Varnish Bar

118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The old speakeasy-style lounge in the back of Cole's has a few tricks up its sleeve, one of which is a mean absinthe cocktail called "The Sea Fizz:" Pernod Absinthe, lemon, sugar, egg white, and soda.

118 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

3. Pour Vous

5574 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

What's not to like about a Parisian-style cocktail lounge and nightly burlesque dancing? The adventurous should sample their "Chateau de Cognac," a libation featuring absinthe, cognac, bitters, egg whites, and lemon.

5574 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

4. Bar Noir

140 S. Lasky Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

This cute bar in the boutique Beverly Hills hotel Maison 140 is rarely overcrowded and does a daily absinthe happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Try a classic absinthe martini for an interesting twist on the classic.

140 S. Lasky Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

5. The Thirsty Crow

2939 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

You may love or hate the clientele, but this popular Silver Lake drinking hole makes a pretty good cocktail. Their "Absinthe Minded Tuesdays" features $5 absinthe cocktails. Try the "sex, drugs & romance," which contains Mata Hari absinthe, geranium liquor, strawberries, and champagne.

2939 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6. Oldfield's Liquor Room

10899 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Another 1933 Group mainstay, Oldfield's features a couple of excellent absinthe cocktails. Try the "Indy Stutz," which mixes absinthe with Irish whiskey, creme de cassis, lemon, strawberry, and bitters.

10899 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

7. The Roger Room

370 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90048

Come for the freaky wall decor, stay for the cocktails. Located next to the Largo, The Roger Room has a speakeasy vibe and handful of simple but well-done absinthe cocktails. Try "The Grifter," which combines Mata Hari absinthe with mint, simple syrup, and club soda.

370 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles
CA, 90048

8. Kendall's Brasserie and Bar

135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This Patina Group mainstay has always been a decent pre-show option for those going to a show at the Music Center, but they also have a fantastic "Green Hour" Tuesday-Friday during which they serve $1 oysters and a nice selection of absinthe cocktails. Their classic "Death in the Afternoon," a nod to Papa Hemingway, contains champagne and La Clandestine absinthe.

135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

9. Faith & Flower

705 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Haven't heard enough about Faith & Flower yet? Their potent "English Milk Punch" (check out our longer feature on this particular drink) combines several rums, bourbon, arak, Pernod absinthe, Sencha tea, pineapple, and milk.

705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

10. Seventy7

3843 Main Street, Culver City, CA 90232

Absinthe is popular among the speakeasy-style establishments in the city, and Seventy7 in Culver City is no expection. Enter through the alley under the "cocktails" sign and try their "Lucidly Remembering," which combines absinthe with pomegranate liqueur, strawberry, gin, cointreau, bitters, and lemon juice.

3843 Main Street
Culver City, CA 90232

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