Please note this is NOT a ZOOM Lecture but an in person lecture. Tickets include a complimentary glass of Devil’s Botany Absinthe.

Doors open at 6:30pm and lecture starts at 7pm

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

Step into the world of the Decadent Movement as we unravel the relationship between art, literature, and mind-altering substances. This talk journeys through the smoke-filled salons and verse-filled bars of fin-de-siècle London and Paris, where writers and artists indulged in poetry and poisons. Explore how substances like opium, hashish, and absinthe influenced a generation. Hear stories about Baudelaire, Wilde, Rimbaud, and many others who sought to find inspiration in intoxication.

Jon Crabb is the editor of Decadence: A Literary Anthology, published by the British Library. He has also published on a wide variety of subjects including William Burroughs, witchcraft, and early modern woodcuts.


Devil’s Botany is the UK’s first absinthe distillery, founded by Directors of The Last Tuesday Society’s Absinthe Parlour & Cocktail Bar. Celebrating spirit’s connection to art, literature & mixology, Devil’s Botany is unleashing the future of absinthe with bold expressions for the adventurous drinkers of today.

We are unable to give refunds for in person events with less than 7 days notice in any circumstances.

Bar opens at 18:30. Talk starts at 19:00.