Welcome to The Absinthe Parlour

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.

Winner of “Best Bar in all of 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 & 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).

Follow their research @TheAbsintheDrinker 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.

Available from
Devil’s Botany
Amazon
Waterstones

Events & Exhibitions

Magical Botany: Candle Workshop with Devil’s Botany

Celebrate the hidden powers of nature with a candle making workshop and Devil's Botany cocktails

The Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius by Gary Lachman- with Devil’s Botany Absinthe LIVE

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

Meet the Makers: Absinthe Tasting with Devil’s Botany

Meet the Makers of London's first Absinthe distillery & Directors of The Last Tuesday Society & enjoy a tasting of the Devil's Botany range

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!

Tarot & Devil’s Botany Absinthe

Devil's Botany invites you to Raise the Spirits this autumn with their Absinthe Regalis

Viktor Wynd’s Unnatural History Museum – Falmouth

The Society is Delighted to Announce the Opening of the Cornish Branch of our Infamous Museum within The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

New Orleans Voodoo, A fully illustrated lecture by Dr Louise Fenton- with Devil’s Botany Absinthe LIVE

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

Visions of the Occult – Victoria Jenkins – with Devil’s Botany Absinthe LIVE

Please note this is NOT a ZOOM Lecture but an in person lecture, tickets include a complimentary glass of 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