We’re talking about the restaurant, not the drink. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar lives in the heart of San Francisco’s charming Hayes Valley neighborhood, and is among the city’s most beloved and longest-running dining institutions. Located within walking distance of Civic Center and the performing-arts centers, Absinthe offers lunch and dinner daily, and weekend brunch.

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Absinthe features a creative menu of French brasserie fare, along with an inspired selection of classic cocktails. Of course this will include absinthe, which has an undeservedly interesting reputation, from the chemical thujone which occurs naturally in the drink. With lively, informal décor that evokes turn-of-the-century France, Absinthe’s warm, convivial atmosphere has romanced locals and visitors alike since its founding in 1998. 

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The Absinthe Group (TAG), founded and managed by food-industry veteran Bill Russell-Shapiro, creates and operates unique, high-quality food and wine enterprises. TAG includes a carefully built collection of seven businesses, five of which are located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. They are overseen by TAG Vice President Eric Vreede, Executive Chef Ryan McIlwraith, Executive Pastry Chef Michael Aguilar, and Director of Bars and Development Jonny Raglin. These include Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, Absinthe Private Dining, Arlequin Wine Merchant, Barcino, Bellota in SoMa, and Comstock Saloon in North Beach.

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Absinthe Private Dining, located adjacent to Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, functions as a completely private dining room, with its own entrance, restroom, and bar. The menus at Absinthe Private Dining, created by chef de cuisine Joel Ehrlich and executive pastry chef Michael Aguilar, offer classic and contemporary San Francisco brasserie fare for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The private dining menus reflect those in the main dining room at Absinthe, and change frequently, allowing variety and seasonal freshness.

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Absinthe Private Dining is available for special events such as business meetings, wedding events, cocktail receptions, birthdays, showers, wine dinners, pre- or post-performance dinners, and holiday parties.

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If you’re looking to dabble in a favorite San Francisco spot and a curious drink, check out Absinthe. 

Topics: san francisco, private events, cocktail bars

Written by Keir Beadling

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