Drink It Here: Breakwater has a glass absinthe tower, which makes the ritual all the more impressive (Pernod absinthe; $15/2oz pour). They also use absinthe to coat the glass for a Sazerac ($10). 802 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 271-0046, breakwatersc.com Dark Corner Distillery brews their own version of absinthe, The Green Villain, from a blend of wormwood, sweet fennel, and anise seed ($45/bottle). 241 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 631-1144, darkcornerdistillery.com The Owl fashions an Absinthe Cocktail ($10) from Dark Corner Distillery Green Villain absinthe, sugar, and bitters. 728 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 252-7015, theowlgvl.com The Trappe Door offers traditional Parisian service with a choice of three types of absinthe: Mata Hari ($8), Pernod Supérieure ($11), and Grande Absente ($12). 23 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 451-7490, trappedoor.com
They sit at tiny café tables, some alone, some in couples, always with sodden, forlorn demeanors. They are the absinthe drinkers, depicted on canvas by the likes of Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Pablo Picasso.Read more...