New Orleans Old Absinthe House
Is anyone aware of which corner of the place AC sat in waiting for his lady friends and composing Simon Iff/Butterfly Net/Rex de Arte Regia updates in the later months of 1916?
GPS co-ordinates would be nice, but any suggestions gratefully received!
I may be wrong, but I don't think where he was, is accessible anymore, generally speaking.
I was in New Orleans about a year ago exactly, and went to the Absinthe House.
In it's current incarnation it is a small(ish) square room that faces the street (Bourbon) and is just a fairly empty bar that has maybe 6 or 7 round high tables and then a central square bar in the centre.
Behind the currently accessible area is a closed off series of rooms which I believe is the original (older) bar area. My understanding is that it is only accessible for private parties etc. Maybe that's where AC was sitting, as it seemed far older and had more old furniture (peeking through the window on the door).
ahh the green fairy...
I started to read the essay.. didn't finish it yet.. decided to meet this green fairy first. That was a great writing to show a picture by Aleister. one must explore both again.... A bottle was purchased consumed deliciously with little effect .. ...other than to annihilate a few tiny varmints ....not even sure if that was a good thing in retrospect... goes great with tonic .. did you know that Downunderland creates an absinthe vermouth with local wattle ingredients ?
hmm gin martinis might be on the cards....and then there was a French?? absinthe that was 70 percent but not the pretty colour that the green fairy is... it's all about colour...
apologies for digressing but your mention of new Orleans and the old absinthe house took me back down that rabbit hole again ...... curiouser and curiouser
I get some nice mouth numbing and a bit of visual and mental 'clarity' not found in other ethanol beverages, from absinthe. It makes everything seem extremely visually and mentally sharp and 'there', unlike the usual dulling and 'gone' feeling of other adult beverages. I think the wormwood works strong on me. I prefer Leopold Brothers which is local, as well as Absinthe Ordinaire which although it has colouring, still tastes alright. I don't add sugar as it's already sweet, just water.
Haven't had it in years, minus in NOLO, due to the price though.
christibrany - you were right, there was a secret room that was closed the first time I visited and all you saw was a square room with a square sports bar in the centre. Later, it was open for me and I was able to step back into December 1916 and converse with the spirit of the Beast! I posted a few photos here:
I am a bit jealous you got to go back there!
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thank you kindly,
Written from a cute cabin for my wedding anniversary in the middle of the Colorado mountains. With wifi. ha....I thought it would be more secluded but it is nice.