Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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While the mythical and much-hyped liqueur after which this establishment is named is not served here, many equally potent concoctions are. Specialty drinks, such as the Perfect Pear and the Ginger Rogers, seem to contain pure alcohol, and even a standard margarita packs an unbelievable wallop. If you're looking for something to help mitigate the effects of a strong drink, then ditch the regular bar peanuts for Absinthe's bar snacks. This bar offers bread with a smooth fig spread, croque monsieur and more. The menu changes daily, but any antipasto platter of cured meats is sure to please, as will the particularly rich duck confit. You can enjoy your meal in the main room or at a cafe-style table on the sidewalk, but if you're looking for a quieter spot, book a table in the private dining room.

Location:  398 Hayes Street, At Gough Street

Business hours:  Tu-We 11:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m., Th-Fr 11:30 a.m.-2:00 a.m., Sa 11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m., Su 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.