Absinthe Bar & Museum in Antibes

Add Remove
Add Remove

Absinthe Bar & Museum in Antibes

Don’t miss this truly extraordinary experience tucked underground in a local souvenir shop and down in a 9th-century vaulted cellar

Absinthe Bar facade Antibes
Absinthe Bar is located somewhat unconventionally in the basement of a souvenir shop – ©cityxee.com

Absinthe Bar in Antibes – an enchanting experience

Wandering through the serpentine streets of Antibes, you’ll also follow in the footsteps of Picasso, Hemingway, and countless other well-known artists. But nothing encapsulates the bohemian spirit of this historic city like the hidden gem underground known as Absinthe Bar.

The green fairy: absinthe

Tucked beneath the ancient stone walls of the old town, the Absinthe Bar, or Bar à Absinthe, lies a unique time capsule dating back to the 19th century. Back then, absinthe was often referred to as the ‘green fairy’, and was the beverage of choice for many artists, writers, and intellectuals.

Absint Bar Antibes inside
The vaulted basement that houses the Absinthe Bar dates back to the 9th century – ©cityxee.com

As you step inside the bar, you’ll be struck by the atmospheric charm, a mix of history and mystery that radiates from any antique item decorating the bar. The dim lighting reflects the green bottles lining the walls, casting a spell of timeless spirit onto the vaulted ceiling.

The ‘green fairy’ is not just a mysterious tale. Absinthe, a spirit with a powerful blow, is said to induce creativity and even hallucinations, although the latter claim is more myth than reality.

At one time, absinthe was believed to have a preventive effect on malaria, and it was given to French soldiers in Algeria in the 1840s.

However, due to its alleged negative effects on the nervous system, it was banned in 1915.

Absinthe is made from garden wormwood, green anise and fennel. And it was the garden wormwood, which contains the active substance thujone, that was the bad wolf in the mixture that led to the ban.

However, today’s absinthe is quite harmless.

Today’s absinthe is carefully produced. It is free of harmful components, but its romantic and rebellious reputation remains. It is traditionally served with a slotted spoon, a sugar cube and a carafe of water, so you can drip the water slowly to dilute the spirit to your liking. It’s a meticulous ritual that transforms the simple act of enjoying a drink into a whimsical experience.

Absinthe drink under preparation
Absinthe is served in a glass on which rests a small spoon with a sugar cube, so you can decide the dilution yourself – ©cityxee.com

Absinthe Bar – not like other bars

But what really sets Absinthe Bar apart from others is its atmosphere. Intimate and energetic, it looks more like a private salon from the Belle Époque era than a traditional bar.

The atmosphere rumbles with an energy that feels alive, as if the walls themselves could share tales of poets, painters and pirates who have sipped their absinthe here over the centuries. The worn wooden tables, vintage absinthe equipment and the eclectic collection of artworks add the feeling of stepping into another era.

the toilet at Absinthe Bar in Antibes
The toilet is very atypical: in the bar, behind a prison grid, and with a fabric curtain – quite charming in its own way – ©cityxee.com

In a world that increasingly embraces the fast and the new, the Absinthe Bar, in Antibes, invites you into a lovely oasis. It invites you to slow down, enjoy the ritual and embrace the seductive tale of the green fairy.

A visit to the bar is more than just a night out. It is a journey into a different time, a different pace and a unique artistic heritage. If you ever come to Antibes, a trip to Absinthe Bar isn’t just a suggestion, it’s a must.

Also read:

By Tommy Sverre – 2023

Other experiences in Antibes
  • All
  • Art
  • Beaches
  • Castles and palaces
  • Churches & chapels
  • Excursions
  • Food & Wine
  • Gardens & parks
  • Hiking
  • Markets
  • Monuments
  • Museums
  • Ports & Islands
  • Squares & Promenades
  • Wash-houses
  • Zoos

La Garoupe Beach Antibes

La Garoupe Beach Antibes is one of the most famous and exclusive sandy beaches on the Côte-d'Azur, located in a picturesque bay with cliffs.
Castles and palaces

The Villa Eilenroc

The elegant and opulent Villa Eilenroc, in Antibes, had its heyday during the famous period, which the French refer to as “La Belle Époque” and ...
Churches & chapels

Saint-Bernardin chapel

The beautiful and almost magical chapel Saint-Bernardin is located in the middle of the old town of Antibes, and built on Roman foundations and dates ...

Museum for History and Archeology

Historical objects dating back to Roman times are exhibited in the Bastion Saint-André built by the military architect Vauban in 1698 and which is a ...
Castles and palaces

Chateau de la Garoupe

Château de la Garoupe, this magnificent property was for ten years a part of a legal settlement, but sold in December 2024 for € 65 ...

Picasso museum & Grimaldi castle

At one of the best-located addresses in the old town of Antibes is the Grimaldi Castle, which today houses the Picasso Museum.
Scroll to Top

Subscribe to newsletter