Absinthe — there is no spirit so notoriously favoured by the rebellious minds of art & literature. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec famously meandered the brasseries & brothels of bohemian Paris carrying a hallowed cane, filled with a personal stash of the green spirit. PaulVerlaine & Arthur Rimbaud’s explosive affair, famously fuelled by a shared love for Absinthe, would eventually result in the attempted shooting of his young lover by Verlaine, twice. An Absinthe induced vision of 19th century France is forever immortalised in VincentVan Gogh’s jarring colour juxtapositions and, most famously, in the tale of his self-mutilated ear gifted by the artist gifted to his favourite prostitute. Pataphysics founder, Alfred Jarry, was perhaps the only Absintheur mad enough to drink his Absinthe neat, being a devout alcoholic who considered water to be a terrible poison. Even the ‘Wickedest Man in the World,’ Aleister Crowley, wrote an ode to “The Green Goddess” while observing its lucid influence upon the patrons of The Old Absinthe House in New Orleans. Pablo Picasso, Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Émile Zola —the list of famous Absintheurs would inspire anyone to pick up a glass of this tantalising elixir, but what is this “tongue-numbing, brain-warming, idea-changing, liquid alchemy” as described by fellow Absinthe drinker Ernest Hemingway?
More than a century after the ban, contemporary producers have returned to tradition in the distillation of premium absinthes now available in all countries where La Fée Verte was once loved. Sip on Jade’s Esprit Edouard Absinthe, painstakingly reverse engineered from pre-prohibition era bottles by the microbiologist & Absinthe connoisseur T.A.Breaux, and rediscover the titillating Green Goddess for yourself. The Last Tuesday Society’s curated menu of Absinthe has been carefully selected to transport one’s senses back to this time of great revelry — where the absinthe poured long into the night and the green veil of the glass in hand provided as much inspiration as the most curious setting in which a true Absintheur would position one’s self.
Taking over The Last Tuesday Society's Cocktail Bar and Event's Programme in 2016, Allison Crawbuck & Rhys Everett bring a mix of London's experimental cocktail scene and New York's speakeasy culture to The Society, celebrating their unique connections between art & underground cultures, alternative nightlife and, of course, curiosities. Click here to find out more about the Directors!
L'Heure Verte: Weekdays 6PM-7PM
A precursor to the “Happy Hour” known today, L’Heure Verte transformed cafés and brasseries of the 19th century into marvellous assemblies of creative and wandering minds alike, meeting together with Absinthe in hand and channelling the intoxicating inspirations of La Fée Verte.
Heighten your experience and succumb to the charm of the infamous Green Fairy. Enchant yourself with our Weekly Absinthe Specials.
Stimulate your senses and indulge. Sample some of our Finest Nibbles Free with each
Absinthe order to ground your sensibilites.
**Closed for Hallouminati Gathering Tuesday 29th May**
Tuesday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday - Saturday 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 10:30pm
11 Mare Street
London E8 4RP
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Please note Saturdays are our busiest day of the week. As the Museum has a very limited capacity, admission cannot be guaranteed for all guests upon arrival. We will do our very best to ensure a wonderful experience for all visitors. If visiting a Saturday, please plan to expect a wait. Reservations for a drink in our cocktail bar before your visit to the museum are strongly encouraged. Book your table here.
Normal opening hours are Tuesday 3PM-11PM, Wednesday - Saturday 12PM-11PM & Sunday 12PM-10:30PM. Both the cocktail bar & museum are closed Mondays.
If travelling far for your visit without a reservation, please call to check availability before hand as the venue is sometimes hired out for private events & space is limited in our Museum/Cocktail Bar.
Minors are permitted in venue before 7:00pm only.
A £50 deposit will be requested when enquiring to reserve an area for large groups of 7+ guests. This deposit will then be put towards your bar bill on the night of the booking.
If interested in reserving the Sarcophagus Table in Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities or private hire of our Spare Room, please select this option in the drop down menu and a member of our team will be in touch within 48 hours.
The Sarcophagus Table seats up to 10 guests and is £75 to hire for the evening (6:30pm-10:30pm). Museum admission is included for all guests.
Private Hire of The 'Spare' Room can accommodate up to 17 guests seated/25 guests standing and is £150 to hire for the evening. £350 minimum spend will apply. Museum admission is included for all guests.
Join us for London's only L'Heure Verte: Absinthe Hour, in the true Belle Époque fashion every weekday 6pm-7pm.