Places to Legally Buy Absinthe

The green fairy is back. Since 2007, the United States has permitted absinthe to be sold, provided that the amount of thujone falls within the agreed upon limit of 10 parts per million (p.p.m.) for the absinthe to be considered thujone-free.

The chemical compound thujone has been the subject of scrutiny since the late 1800s for its reported hallucinogenic effects. The truth behind this claim has been the subject of much debate, and the fact that Oscar Wilde and other writers and artists, such as painters and sculptors, notable patrons of the product who often supported the rumor – Wilde alluded to the effects of absinthe in many of his writings – did nothing to help improve its reputation. It was banned in several countries, and until as recently as 2007, it was illegal to obtain in the United States.

These claims have long been dispelled as myths, and other countries aside from the U.S. have also begun to legalize the sale of absinthe.

Where to Buy

Today, there are several popular absinthe brands for sale in the U.S. Some follow the original recipe closely; however, these are either lacking any significant amount of thujone, or contain none at all. Local liquor stores and bars across the U.S. have absinthe liquor for sale. Alternately, you can buy the liquor online or import it from other countries, as long as they contain the approved and regulated amounts of thujone.

Below are just some of the places where you can legally buy absinthe in the U.S.

California

  1. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
    398 Hayes Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
  2. Absinthe Minded Tuesdays @ The Thirsty Crow
    2939 West Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90026
  3. Bar Marmont @ The Chateau Marmont
    8171 West Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90046

Florida

  1. Absinthe
    2355 Vandebilt Beach Road #220
    Naples, FL 34109
  2. Scarlett O’Hara’s
    70 Hypolita Street
    St. Augustine, FL 32084

Louisiana

  1. Old Absinthe House
    240 Bourbon Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
  2. Pirate’s Alley Café and Absinthe House
    622 Pirate’s Alley
    New Orleans, LA 70116
  3. Pravda
    1113 Decatur Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116

Massachusetts

  1. Nicks
    124 Millbury Street
    Worcester, MA 01610-2823
  2. Russell House Tavern
    14 JFK Street Cambridge
    Boston, MA 02138

New York

  1. Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge
    321 S. Clinton Street
    Syracuse, NY 13202
  2. Apotheke
    9 Doyers Street
    New York, NY 10013
  3. Astor Wines & Spirits
    399 Lafayette Street
    New York, NY 10013

Nevada

  1. Fleur @ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
    3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
    Las Vegas, NV 89119
  2. Sage @ Aria Resort and Casino
    3730 Las Vegas Boulevard
    Las Vegas, NV 89158

Pennsylvania

  1. NOLA on the Square
    24 Market Square
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  2. Time
    1315 Sansom Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

Washington

  1. Can Can
    94 Pike Street
    Seattle, WA 98101
  2. Club Unknown
    45 Murray Street
    Perth, WA 6000
  3. Oliver’s Lounge
    405 Olive’s Way
    Seattle, WA 98101