Seven Grand

Best Bar for Absinthe, August 2008

If your Goth neighbor hasn’t told you yet, absinthe—an anise-flavored spirit made with the psychotropic herb wormwood—is now legal in the United States. You could order a Corpse Reviver #2 at the new West Hollywood supper club Foxtail and exclaim how “totally weird” it makes you feel. But those looking beyond the alcohol’s rumored hallucinogenic effects should try  Seven Grand , which carries the St. George label. On quieter nights bartenders will haul out an antique fountain for the louching ritual, a slow dripping of water into your highball that clouds your drink. Classic absinthe cocktails such as the Sazerac are also served.