Steak and seafood spot coming to Hamilton, as Club Absinthe returns ‘to its roots’


Published July 11, 2022 at 3:22 pm

Some new exterior signage has teased what is happening with the space formerly known as the home of a popular Hamilton dance club.

In past few days, a sign has gone outside the gates at 38 King William St., advertising an eatery called Conversate Steak & Seafood. A banner says the new restaurant will be opening this fall. The space formerly belonged to Club Abstinthe, but it is moving a short ways east to King Street.

Conversate is in line to join what has become a popular hangout hub along King William, where motor vehicle traffic is proscribed in order to allow for a pleasanter patio experience. The north side of the streets includes spots such as Berkeley North, The Diplomat, The French, HAMBRGR, Mezza Caffe, The Mule, Relay Coffee Roasters, Sagarmatha Curry Palace and That’s My Jam Sandwiches. Electric Diner, an eighities-themed restaurant, is also coming to the northwest corner location in the Lister Block.

Club Absinthe, which has been part of the city’s nightlife scene for nearly two decades, announced recently that it is “returning to its” roots at 233 King St. E., between Ferguson Ave. N. and Walnut. That was where the club was located when it opened in the early aughts.

“Like everything else, we must go with the flow of change,” a recent Instagram post from Abstinthe said. It is not yet known when it will reopen on King.

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