Where to drink Absinthe in Montreal bars?
What are the best bars to drink Absinthe in Montreal? I know Billy Kun offers it, but are there other places?
There is L'Absinthe on St. Denis just south of Sherbrooke and Lab also makes a nice absinthe based drink with apple liquor called the Applesinthe. That's all that I know of.
I can never get into Billy Kun... I suppose I should show up earlier.
Plan B (Billy Kun's ''backup'' place, as packed if not more than Billy Kun, but with a nice (but small) terrase, just west on the other side of the street) has Absinthe, it gave my friend a handover headache the next day.
They only changed the laws for allowing personal consumption of this Spirit drink in 2007. Before 2007 Absinthe was not legal in Canada.
I am pretty sure if you are drinking Absinthe in Montreal it's been diluted or moderated to fit Canadian standard. Real Absinthe has an alcohol level of 45%-74% ABV. In the early 1900's Absinthe was portrayed as a dangerously addictive Psychoactive drug. By 1915, absinthe had been banned in the United States and in most European countries except the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Quebec allows 5 mg/kg. The government wine and spirit shops (SAQ) sell several brands of Absinthe.
Production is regulated by provincial governments. Recently, Okanagan Spirits in British Columbia released the Taboo brand, which is presently the only commercial absinthe crafted in Canada.
Um, this has what to do with the original poster's query?
«I am pretty sure if you are drinking Absinthe in Montreal it's been diluted or moderated to fit Canadian standard. Real Absinthe has an alcohol level of 45%-74% ABV.»
Currently on offer at your friendly neighbourhood government wine and spirit shops:
- 69 Absinthe boisson à base de plantes et d'absinthe (Code SAQ : 10333538): 69% abv
- Absente boisson à base de plantes et d'absinthe (Code SAQ : 00568576): 55%
- Hills' Absinthe boisson alcoolique d'absinthe (Code SAQ : 00587204): 70%
- Pernod aux extraits de plantes d'absinthe (Code SAQ : 10447324): 68%
- Taboo Genuine Absinthe liqueur d'herbe (Code SAQ : 11043882): 60%
- Versinthe liqueur d'anis aux plantes d'absinthe (Code SAQ : 00598649): 45%
The new restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel will have an absinthe bar. The grand opening is planned for mid-June.