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In Good Spirits: Glam gadget introduces Vancouver to Green Fairy magic

April 23, 2010

David Wolowidnyk, bar manager, West Restuarant, on South Granville, Photo by Ian Smith, PNGBy Joanne Sasvari, Special to The Sun
April 23, 2010, 4:02 PM

As soon as guests spot the new absinthe fountain at West Restaurant (2881 Granville Street), they’re intrigued. With its gleaming glass reservoir, silver taps and mysterious purpose, it evokes a bygone bohemian age when everyone went crazy for a pale green herbal spirit nicknamed the Green Fairy. “The fountain arrived in January, and I love the buzz at the bar it has created,” says David Wolowidnyk, bar manager at the South Granville restaurant. “Absinthe has been misunderstood for ages, and the fountain has become a conversation piece that allows us to debunk some of the myths surrounding the spirit and introduce to people a classic method of serving it.” Read more

Absinthe, you see, is the most unfairly maligned drink ever. “Is it a drug? Is it poisonous? Is it dangerous? No, no and no!” Wolowidnyk insists. “Absinthe was wrongly accused of a crime it did not commit.”

Pictured: David Wolowidnyk, bar manager of West Restaurant, oversees the slow drip of ice water over a sugar cube on a spoon, from a classic absinthe fountain into a glass of absinthe. He says he ‘loves the stuff’ and the stories about it. Photograph by: Ian Smith , PNG

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