Alte Apotheke – For Absinthe Fans, and Fine Spirits Lovers

You can find a selection of fine spirits in the Alte Apotheke‚ or ‘Old Pharmacy‘, in the city of Freiburg im Breisgau (in the Black Forest, Germany). Alongside 200 types of absinthe, you can find other craft spirits such as gin, whisky, pastis and more. Naturally we also have everything you need for the absinthe ritual: absinthe spoon, fountains and sugar!

Alte Apotheke – For Absinthe Fans, and Fine Spirits Lovers

The surroundings are ideal: we‘ve taken over the premises of the old Stühlinger Pharmacy, where we‘d been admiring the original interior for years, with its impressive shelving, glass service counter and wooden-paneled walls with integrated old-fashioned clocks. So when we heard that the pharmacy was closing its doors after 116 years providing medicine to the citizens of Freiburg, we saw the perfect opportunity to open an absinthe shop.

Alte Apotheke Absinth und Spirituosen
Klarastr. 60
79106 Freiburg

0761 273222

Opening Times:
Monday – 11 am – 7 pm
Tuesday 11 am – 7 pm
Wednesday 11 am – 7 pm
Thursday 11 am – 7 pm
Friday 11 am – 8 pm
Saturday 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday – Closed

Events & Spirits Tastings:

You can book individual group tastings from 8 people and can choose from the following: Absinthe Tastings, Whisky Tastings, Gin Tastings or Rum Tastings. To book a private tasting session, do get in touch with us via! Apart from that, we offer a broad variety of tastings collaborating with distillers or brand ambassadors of different brands:

Every Friday and every 1st Saturday: “L’Heure Verte  – the green hour” Absinthe & Gin drop-in tasting, 6€, from 5pm. 10% discount on all bottles of the night’s selection.
Thursday, 12.09.2019: Rum Tasting with Philipp Riehm (Perola), Alte Apotheke, 7pm, 35€, book in advance
Saturday, 28.09.2019: FAUDEfeineBRÄNDE Tasting with Florian Faude, Alte Apotheke, 7pm, 25€, book in advance
Thursday, 17.10.2019: Gin Tasting with food “Gins from Scandinavia”, Café Mirabeau, 7:30pm, 49€, book in advance
08.11. – 10.11.2019: Find the Alte Apotheke @ PLAZA CULINARIA 2019, Messe Freiburg
Saturday, 14.12.2019: We’re celebrating our 3rd birthday! 2pm – 10pm free entry, drinks, music

Alongside ‘The Green Fairy,’ as absinthe is known, we have other traditional drinks like gin, vermouth, whisky and liqueurs. Gourmets can also dive into our range of fine Armagnac, Calvados and eau-de-vie.

Alte Apotheke is about more than just selling spirits, it’s about learning and experiencing something new: We offer regular tastings (absinthe, gin, whisky, rum, mezcal) for beginners and for experienced absinthe drinkers. For larger groups, we accept bookings for private tasting events. Get to know the taste of absinthe, the traditional absinthe ritual, and learn about the history of absinthe and how it is made. Our expert staff are happy to share their knowledge. For booking please email us to