Can I purchase Absinthe in Madrid and/or Barcelona (preferably Madrid)? If so where is it available?
I never made it there, but a friend of mine told me about an absinthe bar in the old Arab section of Barcelona called "Marsella." Sounds like a treasure hunt, but my notes say: "looks closed, but push door hard." Good luck!
Absinthe is perfectly legal in Spain and always has been, so there is no need to sneak around. You should be able to find it at any decent liquor store (bodega) and even some supermarkets. Lots and lots of bars would have it. It's called absenta. Wormwood is called ajenjo. There are quite a few brands manufactured in Spain and some from other EU countries, as well. Some friends who were in town and wanted to buy it went here:
Postigo de San Martín, 3 (Callao/Ópera/Sol metro)
I'm just guessing, but they probably close from 2-5, Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
Try this place in Barcelona
Fine Spirits Corner
Plaza Universidad, nº 5
08006 Barcelona, Spain
Fax: 00 34 93 633 01 13
This place is in Spain as well but I don't know if they have a retail shop
And if you're traveling between Valencia and Barcelona, there's a distiller, Julian Segarra, in the village of Chert near San Mateo who makes absinthe in an old still fired with olive wood.