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Jan 24, 2010 09:08 AM

Green Fairy or other Absinthe cocktail

I will be in NOLA soon and am hoping to find a bar that serves handcrafted classic cocktails; ideally one that serves real Absinthe. I'm looking for a reserved, grown-up atmosphere, not a party spot. Ideas? I'm staying in the Quarter and won't have a car.

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  1. What you want is Cure, but that's Uptown.

    The bartender at restaurant Iris is top notch. That's in the quarter. I would guess he has absinthe. In fact, I'd be surprised if he didn't.

    1. pirates alley cafe specialized in absinthe and rum.....

        1. Pirate's Alley has sadly decided to become a full-fledged pirate theme bar, and all the best bartenders are leaving in protest. Sad -- it's such a great location.
          Pravda is pretty inside, but more hipster than swanky, and will be inventive with your absinthe drink. If absinthe is behind the bar at French 75, I would leave the choice of concoction in the bartender's hands.

          1. For hand-crafted classic cocktails, I recommend Bar Uncommon. It' s on Common, next to MiLa, just a couple of blocks from the quarter in the CBD. Chris McMillian is the bartender (he's off on Sundays and Mondays, though). I didn't order absinthe; I was drinking the very best Sazerac I had in NOLA instead (and I think it had herbsaint verses absinthe); but I'd be very surprised if he didn't stock absinthe.