Welcome to The Absinthe Parlour

The Absinthe Parlour is a drinker’s cabinet of wonder filled with unusual spirits, from the old world and new, together in one curious exhibition of extraordinary elixirs.

Allow each round to provide you with a passage to the furthest corners of the world, transported to an experience outside the boundaries of time.

Seek and you shall find: hidden here are explorations of alchemy & magick, pleasure & fantasy, celebrating the point at which curiosity unlocks a world unknown.

The Last Tuesday Society’s Absinthe Parlour is truly a hidden treasure of East London.

Votes of “Best Bar in London” – DesignMyNight Awards 2019
Absinthe Menu Shortlisted “Specialist List of the Year” – Imbibe 2020

Absinthe

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?

MEET THE DIRECTORS

Collectors, drinks historians & absintheurs — Allison Crawbuck (Brooklyn) & Rhys Everett (London) opened The Absinthe Parlour at The Last Tuesday 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 with 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, masterclasses, and tastings that explore the origins and rituals of the notorious spirit.

In January 2021, Allison Crawbuck and Rhys Everett launched the UK’s first Absinthe distillery: Devil’s Botany located in Leyton, East London. Distilled with a background in mixology, the Devil’s Botany range has been handcrafted to highlight absinthe’s versatility in cocktails. The Spirits Business listed Devil’s Botany London Absinthe as #8 in the Top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2021.

The two are also authors of Spirits of the Otherworld: A Grimoire of Occult Cocktails & Drinking Rituals, published by Prestel/RandomHouse (Sep 2021 | ISBN 9783791387147).

Follow them via @AbsintheParlour or @DevilsBotany

Spirits of the Otherworld: A Grimoire of Occult Cocktails & Drinking Rituals

By Allison Crawbuck & Rhys Everett, Directors of The Last Tuesday Society
Published by Prestel Autumn 2021

Alcohol meets alchemy in this fun and darkly fascinating collection of cocktail recipes to suit your every mood and whim.

Astrology, tarot, palmistry, and other spiritual arts are having a moment—and that includes the spirits we enjoy during cocktail hour. With this deeply researched collection of intoxicating treats, readers will be able to mix a drink that reflects their interests and satisfies their curiosity. Over the course of five chapters, the authors map out esoteric philosophies that have fueled the dark arts of their times. Each recipe is presented in a double-page spread that includes an engaging history, clear instructions, and original photography. More than just a collection of recipes, this dive into the occult tells you everything you need to stock your bar and kitchen with, while offering compelling background information on natural ingredients, botany, herbs, and spices—all points of interests that connect the cocktail enthusiast and the practitioner of magic. Whether you’re serious about cocktails or the occult—or just getting acquainted with either one—this ingenious blend of mixology and magic will add a drop of mystery to every drink you make.

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Events & Exhibitions

Spirits of the Sea-How Maritime Myths & Drinks Collide with Millie Milliken

Mermaids, usquaebach & other spirits of the sea: How maritime myths and drinks collide, presented by Millie Milliken x Wet Ink

The Hallouminati: Cheese Tasting with The Dark Knight Of Cholesterol

Gather for an indulgent evening of cheese in our Austin Osman Spare Room paired with Devil's Botany Absinthe Regalis

From Opium to Absinthe: Drugs & the Decadent Movement with Jon Crabb – LIVE

Step into the world of the Decadent Movement as we unravel the relationship between art, literature, and mind-altering substances.

Guided Tours with Vadim Kosmos – Emeritus Director of the Museum

Tours with Vadim Kosmos - Emeritus Director of the Museum (with a glass of Absinthe) In Person Event - not by Zoom

Guided Tours with Vadim Kosmos – Emeritus Director of the Museum

Tours with Vadim Kosmos - Emeritus Director of the Museum (with a glass of Absinthe) In Person Event - not by Zoom

Fin-de-Siècle Satanism in Bohemian Paris with Madeleine Spencer

Explore the phenomena of Parisian Satanism from its deep roots to the blossoms of decadent diabolism as it played out in art, literature, and strange cults.

City of the Beast: The London of Aleister Crowley, with Phil Baker – LIVE

Please note this is NOT a ZOOM Lecture but an in person lecture, tickets include a complimentary glass of Devil's Botany Absinthe

Hell Époque: Death-Themed Cabarets of 19th Century Paris with Vadim Kosmos

A talk to illuminate the origins & fates of Fin de Siecle Paris’ craze for morbid drinking dens

Absinthe as Liquid Muse: The Drink That Fuelled Art & Literature with Allison Crawbuck

Absinthe — there is no spirit so notoriously favoured by the rebellious minds of art & literature. Explore the green fairy's influence over creative minds of the Belle Epoque

Let me be mad! The Origins + Rituals of Absinthe Exhibition

London's First Exhibition on the Origins + Rituals of Absinthe

Viktor Wynd’s Guided Tour of His Museum with Devil’s Botany Absinthe

Join reclusive Viktor Wynd (with a complimentary glass of Devil's Botany Absinthe) for an intimate tour of his museum, see mermaids & fairies - in person - not by zoom!

Guided Tours with Vadim Kosmos – Emeritus Director of the Museum

Tours with Vadim Kosmos - Emeritus Director of the Museum (with a glass of Absinthe) In Person Event - not by Zoom

Sigils: An Illustrated Guide to the Symbols of Spirit with M B Jackson

Sigils: An Illustrated Guide to the Symbols of Spirit & Thought with M B Jackson & a complimentary glass of Devil's Botany Absinthe

Scrying Workshop with Lucya Starza – LIVE

Please note this is NOT a ZOOM event but an in person workshop, tickets include a complimentary glass of Devil's Botany Absinthe.

Herbal Astrology: Enchanted Candle-Making Workshop & Cocktails – LIVE

Channel the hidden powers of nature with a bewitched candle-making workshop & cocktails hosted by Devil's Botany

Guided Tours with Vadim Kosmos – Emeritus Director of the Museum

Tours with Vadim Kosmos - Emeritus Director of the Museum (with a glass of Absinthe) In Person Event - not by Zoom

Magick in Mixology: Cocktail Bitters-Making Workshop & Absinthe Tasting

Conjure Your Own Magically-Charged Elixir in a guided Cocktail Bitters-Making Workshop & Absinthe Tasting with Devil's Botany

Dark Fairy Tales From Around The World, with Viktor Wynd – LIVE

Please note this is NOT a ZOOM Lecture but an in person lecture, tickets include a complimentary glass of Devil's Botany Absinthe

Gothic Horror with Giles Abbott – LIVE

Dark and scary stories veined with the pulse of Romance and the Erotic combine in an evening of storytelling that will send shivers up your spine.

Séance: Conversations in the Dark – LIVE

Join Christopher Howell at The Last Tuesday Society as he weaves a persuasively deceitful web in Séance: Conversations in the Dark

The Burning Times: Witches and Persecution in London – LIVE

Explore London's witch-ridden, pagan past with Maria Beadell, founder of Herstorical Tours, and Devil's Botany Absinthe.

Guided Tours with Vadim Kosmos – Emeritus Director of the Museum

Tours with Vadim Kosmos - Emeritus Director of the Museum (with a glass of Absinthe) In Person Event - not by Zoom

Viktor Wynd’s Guided Tour of His Museum with Devil’s Botany Absinthe

Join reclusive Viktor Wynd (with a complimentary glass of Devil's Botany Absinthe) for an intimate tour of his museum, see mermaids & fairies - in person - not by zoom!

Magic for Yuletide and New Year’s Eve Divination with Lucya Starza – LIVE

Join witch Lucya Starza for this talk about the customs, tales and rituals for the Winter Solstice and Christmas

Guided Tours with Vadim Kosmos – Emeritus Director of the Museum

Tours with Vadim Kosmos - Emeritus Director of the Museum (with a glass of Absinthe) In Person Event - not by Zoom

Tarot Reading

Individual tarot readings at The Last Tuesday Society

Palm Reading at The Last Tuesday Society

Individual palm readings at The Last Tuesday Society

Love Magick: Candle-Making Workshop & Cocktails with Devil’s Botany -LIVE

Channel the hidden powers of nature with a bewitched candle-making workshop & cocktails hosted by Devil's Botany

Magick in Mixology: Love Bitters-Making Workshop & Absinthe Tasting

Conjure Your Own Magically-Charged Cocktail Bitters this Valentine's Day in a guided Love Bitters-Making Workshop with Devil's Botany

Viktor Wynd’s Guided Tour of His Museum with Devil’s Botany Absinthe

Join reclusive Viktor Wynd (with a complimentary glass of Devil's Botany Absinthe) for an intimate tour of his museum, see mermaids & fairies - in person - not by zoom!

Absinthe Hour

Devil's Botany Absinthe Specials Weekdays 15:00-18:00

Dark Fairy Tales From Around The World, with Viktor Wynd – LIVE

Please note this is NOT a ZOOM Lecture but an in person lecture, tickets include a complimentary glass of Devil's Botany Absinthe

Viktor Wynd’s Guided Tour of His Museum with Devil’s Botany Absinthe

Join reclusive Viktor Wynd (with a complimentary glass of Devil's Botany Absinthe) for an intimate tour of his museum, see mermaids & fairies - in person - not by zoom!