a drinker's cabinet of wonder filled with the most unusual spirits, from the old world and new, together in one curious exhibition of extraordinary elixirs.
Collectors, researchers & absintheurs — Allison Crawbuck & Rhys Everett opened their Absinthe Parlour at The Last Tuesday Society in 2016, bringing with them a shared passion for the mysterious world of the macabre. Together, they have curated the UK's most extensive list of premium quality, traditional absinthes & curious cocktails to pair.
Allow each round to provide you with a passage to the furthest corners of the world, transported to an experience outside the categorical boundaries of time.
Seek and you shall find: hidden here are explorations of alchemy & magick, pleasure & fantasy, celebrating the point at which mystery sparks intrigue for a world unknown.
Join them on their quest to rediscover the old drinking traditions of different cultures from around the world, bound together to create one cocktail list in the heart of Hackney.
The Society's Cocktail Bar is truly a hidden treasure of East London.
Absinthe — there is no spirit so notoriously favoured by the rebellious minds of art & literature. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec famously meandered the brasseries & brothels of bohemian Paris carrying a hallowed cane, filled with a personal stash of the green spirit. PaulVerlaine & Arthur Rimbaud’s explosive affair, famously fuelled by a shared love for Absinthe, would eventually result in the attempted shooting of his young lover by Verlaine, twice. An Absinthe induced vision of 19th century France is forever immortalised in Vincent Van Gogh’s jarring colour juxtapositions and, most famously, in the tale of his self-mutilated ear gifted by the artist to his favourite prostitute. Pataphysics founder, Alfred Jarry, was perhaps the only Absintheur mad enough to drink his Absinthe neat, being a devout alcoholic who considered water to be a terrible poison. Even the ‘Wickedest Man in the World,’ Aleister Crowley, wrote an ode to “The Green Goddess” while observing its lucid influence upon the patrons of The Old Absinthe House in New Orleans. Pablo Picasso, Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Émile Zola —the list of famous Absintheurs would inspire anyone to pick up a glass of this tantalising elixir, but what is this “tongue-numbing, brain-warming, idea-changing, liquid alchemy” as described by fellow Absinthe drinker Ernest Hemingway?
More than a century after the ban, contemporary producers have revived the traditions of authentic, premium absinthe distillation, now available in all countries where La Fée Verte was once loved. Sip on Jade’s Esprit Edouard Absinthe, painstakingly reverse engineered from pre-prohibition era bottles by the microbiologist & Absinthe connoisseur T.A.Breaux, and rediscover the titillating Green Goddess for yourself. The Last Tuesday Society’s curated menu of Absinthe has been carefully selected to transport one’s senses back to this time of great revelry — where the absinthe poured long into the night and the green fairy provided as much inspiration as the most curious settings in which a true Absintheur preferred to imbibe their elixir.
Collectors, drinks historians & absintheurs — Allison Crawbuck (Brooklyn) & Rhys Everett (London) opened their Absinthe Parlour & Cocktail Bar at the Society in 2016, bringing with them a shared passion for the mysterious world of Absinthe & the macabre. Together, they have curated the UK's most extensive list of premium quality, traditional absinthes & curious cocktails to pair.
In 2019, it was voted the Best Bar in London at the 7th annual Design My Night Awards by a public vote of over 180,000 Londoners, and in 2020, their absinthe menu was shortlisted for Imbibe's Specialist List of the Year.
Their passion for the Green Fairy has taken the duo around the world in search of the many unknowns that still remain in the alluring history of Absinthe. They host a programme of drawing salons, lectures and tastings that explore the origins and rituals of the alluring elixir.
In December 2020, Allison Crawbuck and Rhys Everett launched London's first Absinthe distillery: Devil's Botany located in the city's east end.
They are also authors of Spirits of the Otherworld: A Grimoire of Occult Cocktails & Drinking Rituals, published by Prestel/RandomHouse (Sep 2021 | ISBN 9783791387147).
L'Heure Verte: Weekdays 5PM-6PM
A precursor to the “Happy Hour” known today, L’Heure Verte transformed cafés and brasseries of the 19th century into marvellous assemblies of creative and wandering minds alike, meeting together with Absinthe in hand and channelling the intoxicating inspirations of La Fée Verte.
Heighten your experience and succumb to the charm of the infamous Green Fairy. Enchant yourself with our Absinthe Hour Specials.
Please note, our menu does change regularly. A limited menu offering is available in our outdoor seating.
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