Good Steampunkers, we proudly bring you our review of a fine establishment in Sydney, Australia:
Located just outside the bustling city centre, in an area which retains its Victorian feel in terms of street architecture, Absinthe Salon is a must visit for steamy residents of the metropolis and travellers alike.
Guests of Absinthe Salon enter a themed reception area/anteroom to gain access to an intimate bar room catering for a maximum of 30 seated guests.
THE STEAMY DETAILS:
Open: 4 – 10 pm, Wednesday to Sunday
Location: 87 Albion Street (corner of Bellevue Street)
Surry Hills 2010
Transport: Bus and train connections are close by
Telephone 02 9211 6632
Messages left outside opening hours usually returned within 24 hours
On arrival, guests press a period buzzer to gain entry at the pleasure of the host. Our host, Nathaniel, walked the fine line between geniality and period reserve with panache. Civilised greetings and pleasantries are exchanged in a themed anteroom. Patrons are then escorted to a table set for the enjoyment of a journey to visit with the green fairy.
|Sideeye from TheLadyAbitrates at Absinthe Salon|
|Oscar Wilde in New York in his favourite coat, 1882. Taken by Napoleon Sarony (1821 – 1896).|
Absinthe is a distilled, highly alcoholic spirit which is (according to Wikipedia) between 45-70% ABV / 90-148 US proof. It is derived from botanicals which include green anise, sweet fennel and other medicinal herbs. Commonly referred to in historical literature as “la fée verte” (the green fairy), it is commonly diluted with iced water when decanted, just prior to being imbibed by the rakish devotee.
|The Absinthe Drinker by Viktor Oliva (1861 – 1928)
There are about 200 brands of absinthe produced around the world in the early 21st century: France, Australia and Czech Republic are amongst the absinthe maker pioneers of this new era.