Absinthe Brasserie and Bar

Overall Rating: 5.850

Address: 398 Hayes St.
Cross Street(s): Gough St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Phone: 415.551.1590
Hours: Tu-F 11:30am-2am; Sa 10:30am-2am; Su 10:30am-12am
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 5.20
Aroma: 5
Body: 5
Brightness: 5
Crema: 5
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Albalite
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 10/22/2005
First Reviewed: 10/22/2005
Notes: None

This swank, hopping bar (with a great selection of drinks) in the theater district also serves fine food as a restaurant. Using a three-group La Spaziale at the bar, they pull an espresso that's slightly full for their Steelite Albalite cups. The barista doesn't grind to order per se, but they grind frequently enough that it seems to stay somewhat fresh. Each pull can vary from a very average to quite a decent lighter brown crema. Flavorwise, it's a little watery with a base of mild spice and pepper. Don't be surprised if you run into an after-show cast party here.