Where To Get Absinthe In Memphis

Memphis has a great bar scene as we all know and many of them are mixing up fantastic cocktails with absinthe. Absinthe isn’t for everyone. To me, it tastes like black licorice which I personally love. That generally gets grossed out groans from almost everyone I tell that to but if I see absinthe listed in a cocktail it’s almost a guarantee that I’m ordering it.

Contrary to lore, absinthe doesn’t make you hallucinate. (Sorry!) Absinthe is traditionally served dripping over a spoon holding a sugar cube.

Absinthe being served in traditional format at Memphis Whistle
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Absinthe at Memphis Whistle

Here are a few spots to grab some Absinthe:

Absinthe Room

Beale Street, Above Kings Palace Cafe

Absinthe Room is a no brainer. It’s literally in their name and should be one of your first spots to hit. Take a walk up the steps for the absinthe and stay for the grungy dive bar vibes. This is one of my favorite spots on Beale for that exact reason. They have a variety of absinthe’s and serve it in the traditional method.



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The Cove

Broad Avenue Arts District, 2559 Broad Ave

We love this nautical theme bar for its neighborhood atmosphere, long list of prohibition-style cocktails, oysters, and of course– absinthe. They serve it in the traditional method or you can order a variety of cocktails featuring the liquor. Try the Parisian for example: gin, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, absinthe, and wild caper berry.

two cocktails in dark red area of memphis whistle
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Memphis Whistle

2299 Young Ave

A cool as heck bar inside a house in the Cooper-Young neighborhood. This is another one of those spots where you’re just meant to enjoy some absinthe. They have a multiple cocktails to choose from to fill your absinthe desires plus they serve it in the traditional Bohemian style. Read our blog on Memphis Whistle here.

memphis whistle bartender smiling behind bar with a cocktail in her hand


1835 Union Ave

One of my favorite new spots in Memphis. Cameo has the perfect dark and cozy vibes for enjoying some absinthe. They have a long list of cocktails to try including the Corpse Reviver No. 2 with is made with Brokers gin, absinthe, Lillet Blanc, lemon, orange curaçao. I can testify that it is gooooood.

Old Dominick Distillery 

305 S Front St.

While Old Dominick’s doesn’t have bottles of absinthe of their own to buy. They do have a cocktail on their list that adds a spritz of absinthe to it. Order a Port of New Orleans (their spin on a Sazerac) which is made with Huling Station Straight Bourbon Whiskey, sugar, and Peychaud's bitters AND a spritz of absinthe. I had to add this to the list because their bar is underrated and one of the most affordable spots to grab a drink.

Know of any other spots with absinthe we’re missing? Drop me an email at [email protected].

About the Author

Hello! I'm Jalyn Souchek, the Director of Content for I Love Memphis Blog! I'm a Memphis-obsessed transplant and I love calling the 901 home. When I'm not running the blog you can find me cheering on the Grizzlies, at a concert, finding a new restaurant to eat too much of or at one of our breweries! I hope you'll love experiencing Memphis with me!

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