Meaning sin in French, Péché is distinctly Austin's first absinthe bar, a cocktail program headed by bar manager Shaun Meglen, showcasing a selection of pre-Prohibition style cocktails and a curated wine list. Executive chef John Lichtenberger brings that same tailored focus to the food menu, providing rich French fare made with the freshest ingredients.
Our bartenders welcome and encourage questions, as we aim to not only provide patrons with quality libations, but to educate them as well. Péché brings the ethic and mystery of the old world to life, making it a gem of Austin's downtown.
“In 1918, Prohibition sent our country’s most brilliant mixologists underground and overseas. Many of these American artisans fled to Europe where their recipes would make places like London’s Savoy Hotel famous. For decades, mixology was largely lost in the states. Bars served unimaginative mixtures to patrons who never knew the classic concoctions enjoyed only a generation before. To experience the real thing, I, like many others, traveled abroad. While in my travels, a curious spirit caught my interest. Long prohibited in the States, absinthe had now become available and Péché is Austin’s only place to experience it in its true form.”
— Rob Pate, Owner