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Where: The Sovereign, 1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Hours: 10 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday, 11 p.m. to close Friday and Saturday
Drink specials: Absinthe service is $4 off the listed price ($11-$19)
Food specials: A selection of late night menu bites, including various rillettes and bar nuts baked with a spicy absinthe syrup ($5-$9)
Pros: Wondering what in the world an absinthe service entails? It’s a decadent, dramatic, and slightly fussy experience involving a fountain that trickles ice water over a sugar cube, thereby diluting a 1 oz. pour of absinthe positioned in a glass under a spigot.
General Manager Jeremiah Hansen explains that “pre-Victorian stuff is huge right now,” so expect to rub elbows with industry types and more adventurous cocktail sippers checking out this old-is-new-again, anise-tasting trend.
The rich and unique flavors of absinthe and the glamorous presentation are a far cry from the average happy hour, especially because, Hansen says, the Georgetown restaurant has one of the largest collections of absinthes on the East Coast at 20 varieties (both verte and blanche). Choose any absinthe and take $4 off the price during “Green Hour.”
Cons: If you come hoping to frolic with the green fairy, you’re out of luck. Though the absinthes on hand range from 120 to 140 proof (and depending on your tolerance, that may be a con in and of itself), they are unlikely to cause any emerald-tinted visions or any Frenchman to break into song.