Absinthe Lounge

Absinthe Lounge

After some rocky times, the Absinthe Lounge in the Cedars is closing on July 30, to be replaced by a neighborhood sports bar with adjoining pizzeria. The new place will be called Mac's Southside, and it will be joined by another branch of Zalat Pizza, the pizza spin-off of Vietnamese restaurant Dalat. A spokesperson for the Absinthe confirmed that the bar would be closing at the end of July. “There's been some confusion — some are saying it's Saturday, and some are saying Sunday,” she said. “We were originally told it would be through July 31, but the last scheduled event is July 30.” She said that owner Kevin Christensen was “ready for something different” and sold the spot. Mac's Southside already has a Facebook page, where it has posted that Khanh Nguyen “of Dalat and Zalat fame” is about to come to the Cedars neighborhood. “We've take over the Absinthe Lounge location and will be closing it down for the month of August for a full remodel,” it says. “Mac's Southside will open in its place this coming September. And Zalat pizza is coming in right next door, so you can order right from our bartenders and servers until 2 am.” Both Dalat and Zalat are known for late-night hours. Mac's Southside is described as “a comfortable neighborhood bar with pool, shuffle board, darts, great drinks, awesome people, and excellent service.” Absinthe started out at South Side on Lamar but then moved in 2015 to the former Old Brooklyn Jazz Club space a few blocks away at 1701 S. Lamar St., in an effort to segue from bar to restaurant. A Kickstarter campaign was launched in 2014 to build a kitchen and outfit it with essential equipment, but it failed to draw enough donations. In the time since Absinthe opened, the Industry Alley Bar opened two doors down, and the area now has a branch of the Alamo Drafthouse. Absinthe will host a goodbye set by DJ C. Love, who brags that he gets to shut it down, saying, “For about 10 years, I have catered to the 30-and-up masses and this Saturday will do it for the last time.”
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Absinthe Lounge

In their 10-year history, Absinthe was also able to cover a lot of ground musically with an eclectic mix of live shows, DJs and open mic nights. In their final week at South Side on Lamar, Absinthe has hosted reggae, techno and old-school hip-hop DJ sets, along with live jazz. And this isn’t out of the ordinary. There is generally some kind of music going on at Absinthe Lounge, and that’s a tradition that they plan to keep firmly intact, even as Christensen takes on the bar food scene with the bar’s new kitchen.
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Absinthe Lounge

Absinthe has long been a fixture of the Dallas bar scene. When the absinthe trend peaked in the early 2010s, they were right there, with a varied selection of bottles and an attention to traditional service techniques for the infamous spirit. Even as the public’s interest in the wormwood-infused booze waned, Absinthe cultivated a dedicated following of music junkies who also enjoy cheap drinks and good company.
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If you spend any time south of downtown, you’ve probably wandered into Absinthe Lounge at least once, but maybe you were too drunk to remember. The chill atmosphere is a favorite for intimate local jazz shows, even though it can get a little rowdy during happy hour when the $3 wells are flowing. Maybe you threw a party in the VIP Lounge, where things got even rowdier. Whatever your sentimental memories about Absinthe Lounge, you’d better get ready to pay your last respects tonight.
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“Love Absinthe” Reviewed September 29, 2016 I highly recommend Absinthe, I have been there a few times and I love the atmosphere and the food is amazing (Chicken Pizza is my favorite). The perfect place to have a meal and have drinks and just relax. Helpful? Thank oumerabdulahi Report
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“We've take over the Absinthe Lounge location and will be closing it down for the month of August for a full remodel,” it says. “Mac's Southside will open in its place this coming September. And Zalat pizza is coming in right next door, so you can order right from our bartenders and servers until 2 am.”
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Christensen also hopes to expand the programming in the VIP Lounge with live bands, DJs, spoken word performances and burlesque shows. These events were already part of what was going on at Absinthe in its current location, but the new space will feature a bigger stage, and more room for concertgoers. The entire venue will be wrapped in Steampunk-themed decor (a personal favorite of Christensen’s) and help maintain the old-school, dimly lit vibe that was cultivated at the old location.
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After some rocky times, the Absinthe Lounge in the Cedars is closing on July 30, to be replaced by a neighborhood sports bar with adjoining pizzeria. The new place will be called Mac's Southside, and it will be joined by another branch of Zalat Pizza, the pizza spin-off of Vietnamese restaurant Dalat.
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Absinthe started out at South Side on Lamar but then moved in 2015 to the former Old Brooklyn Jazz Club space a few blocks away at 1701 S. Lamar St., in an effort to segue from bar to restaurant. A Kickstarter campaign was launched in 2014 to build a kitchen and outfit it with essential equipment, but it failed to draw enough donations.
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Absinthe will host a goodbye set by DJ C. Love, who brags that he gets to shut it down, saying, “For about 10 years, I have catered to the 30-and-up masses and this Saturday will do it for the last time.”
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On their last night open at South Side on Lamar, Absinthe will host a pretty kick-ass going away party. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. spoken word collective Mad Swirl will host an open mic night, where you can show off all that pitiful poetry that you’ve been scribbling in all those notebooks. Once that’s over, DJs Specialblends, Luxe Tone and Lord Buck will spin until 2 a.m. We have a feeling the party will not end there.
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R4mj4m Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1 review “a must go place in addis” Reviewed September 30, 2016 Absinthe is an excellent place with perfect ambiance and selection of music. you should try their food as they never disappoint. it's the place to be in addis. Helpful? Thank R4mj4m Report
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karrots77 New York City, New York 1 review “Great ambience & food” Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile From the excellent food they serve to the welcoming and warm ambience coupled with various live music or DJ's, Absinthe is definitely a place to experience a nice night out in Addis. It's a must visit for me every time I take a trip back – at least once. Helpful? Thank karrots77 Report
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“Great ambience & food” Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile From the excellent food they serve to the welcoming and warm ambience coupled with various live music or DJ's, Absinthe is definitely a place to experience a nice night out in Addis. It's a must visit for me every time I take a trip back – at least once. Helpful? Thank karrots77 Report
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A spokesperson for the Absinthe confirmed that the bar would be closing at the end of July. “There's been some confusion — some are saying it's Saturday, and some are saying Sunday,” she said. “We were originally told it would be through July 31, but the last scheduled event is July 30.”

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