Hg2 : The Hedonist


The medium-sized Absinthe Brasserie and Bar restaurant is a great spot for eating in San Francisco, recreating an old Parisian bistro filled with decadent Belle Epoque detail. Yes, its speciality tipple is absinthe. As a cocktail, absinthe is a potent, languidly hallucinogenic drug that fueled the Impressionist movement in Paris. Velvet, gold, silver, and marble embellish every angle. Absinthe serves a fine oyster, a succulent rabbit and a creative cocktail. The bar scene, though small, is enjoyable. You won’t find the twenty-somethings, but you will find those in their thirties and forties, spruced up, and eager for their Death in the Afternoon, a concoction of Pernod and champagne. The neighborhood galleries and shops offer excellent strolling. Cocktail enthusiasts familiar with Absinthe’s award-winning book, The Art of the Bar, are making this posh brasserie a must-see stop on the SF culinary cocktail scene. And on Sundays, this starts at brunch. Bohemians and sophisticates alike who prefer a healthy dose of Parisian glamour with their Anson Mills cheese grits need look no further. Hayes Valley lines up for Jamie Lauren’s re-inventions of bistro classics. If you haven’t reserved ahead, try walking in for a seat at one of the bar tables looking out onto Hayes St.

398 Hayes Street (Gough St),
Civic Center
+1 415-551-1590
Opening Times
11.30am (11am Sat/Sun)-midnight (10.30pm Sun). Closed Mondays.
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