Death in the Afternoon Cocktail Bar in Mills 50

By Cassady Quintana

Absinthe, often dubbed the "Green Fairy," has long captivated imaginations with its mystique and allure. Its history is as rich and colorful as the drink itself, with tales of bohemian artists, writers, and intellectuals indulging in its charms throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Fast forward to modern-day Orlando, where the spirit finds a home at Death in the Afternoon, a captivating absinthe bar located in the heart of the city's Mills 50 district.

Keep in mind there is no signage above the location, so you've got to pay attention or you might walk right past this hidden gem!

History of Absinthe

Originating in Switzerland in the late 18th century, absinthe quickly gained popularity in France and became synonymous with the vibrant Parisian café culture. Its reputation for inducing creativity and inspiration, coupled with its high alcohol content and alleged hallucinogenic properties due to the presence of wormwood, led to its ban in many countries in the early 20th century. However, a revival in the late 20th century saw absinthe welcomed back into the spotlight, celebrated once again for its complex flavors and cultural significance.

About Death in the Afternoon

Owners of the Suffering Bastard, an intimate Tiki-flavored speakeasy lounge in Sanford, opened Death in the Afternoon in September of 2023 in the vibrant Mills 50 neighborhood. The small bar pays homage to the storied history of absinthe while offering a contemporary twist on the classic spirit.

Stepping into the bar, customers are transported to a bygone era, with dimly lit interiors, vintage décor, and an ambiance that exudes both elegance and intrigue. The bar serves an extensive selection of absinthes sourced from around the world, inviting guests to explore the nuances of this enigmatic drink through traditional serves or modern cocktails crafted by skilled mixologists.

inside the bar with ornamental ceiling and alcohol

Image by Death in the Afternoon

Signature Drinks

While absinthe traditionally requires careful preparation, Death in the Afternoon offers a range of signature cocktails that showcase the versatility of the spirit. From the classic "Death in the Afternoon," a blend of absinthe and sparkling wine inspired by Ernest Hemingway's libation of choice, to innovative creations that incorporate fresh herbs, fruits, and bitters, each drink is a testament to the creativity and craftsmanship of the bar's mixologists.

If you aren’t feeling absinthe, Death in the Afternoon offers an extensive list of cocktails broken up by type of liquor, with the option of wine or beer as well. 

white two page drink menu in a brown book

The Food Menu

Complementing the cocktail experience is a menu curated from small plates designed for sharing to hearty entrees. Death in the Afternoon offers culinary options that mirrors the eclectic spirit of its namesake drink. Appetizers include craveable items like boursin, jamon pastries, gnocchi, and more! Signature entrees include a chorizo burger, pulpo a la parilla, and New York strip.

white food menu in a brown book


Stop by for happy hour on Mondays 5:00 - 10:00 PM or Tuesday through Friday 5:00 - 7:00 PM for special drink offers and food options not available on the main menu. Customers are able to either walk in or make a reservation ahead of time during these hours.

one page white happy hour menu

What We Ordered:

Happy Hour Menu

  • Bruschetta (crostini, boursinn, marinated tomato): $10

  • Harvey Wallbanger (vodka, orange, galliani l'autentico float): $8

  • Spicy Tommy's Margarita (tequila, lime, agave, hellfire bitters): $8

bruschetta on a white plate and brown table
two drinks in clear glasses


Main Menu

  • Jamon Pastries (puff pastry, spanish prosciutto, spinach, brie, and paprika aioli): $14

  • Death in the Afternoon (absinthe, lemon, raspberry, sparkling wine): $15

pastries on a white plate with orange sauce
orange colored drink in a tall clear glass on a table


All of the cocktails were perfectly crafted and the food items were delicious. You can’t go wrong with any of your choices as each brings a different taste and texture!


In a city known for its vibrant nightlife and eclectic dining scene, Death in the Afternoon stands out as a bar of sophistication and intrigue. Whether indulging in a traditional absinthe drink or savoring a handcrafted cocktail, customers are invited to immerse themselves in an experience that celebrates the artistry and allure of this iconic spirit. With its captivating ambiance, delicious menu, and unparalleled selection of absinthes, Death in the Afternoon promises an unforgettable journey into the world of the Green Fairy.

Mills 50

Located just northeast of downtown Orlando, this area is renowned for its eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and art galleries. Named after its main thoroughfare, Mills Avenue, and the adjacent Colonial Drive, Mills 50 is a melting pot of cuisines, with a plethora of dining options ranging from authentic Vietnamese eateries to trendy gastropubs and cozy cafes. The district also boasts a thriving arts scene, with colorful murals adorning many of its buildings and regular events showcasing local talent. With its unique blend of creativity, community, and culinary delights, Mills 50 offers residents and visitors a vibrant and dynamic urban experience.

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