May 11, 2018
Entering the acclaimed Apothecary 1878, located in a heritage building in the heart of the West End district, is a little bit like taking a step back in time. The bar has an atmospheric European feel, with its artfully low lighting, elegant booths, moss green velvet chaise longue and glittering chandeliers. The tables and chairs would not look out of place in a turn of the century Parisian café and the deep red walls of the main bar area are lined with handsome antique mahogany chemists’ cabinets, the shelves of which are filled with bottles and books. It’s from these that the bar takes its name. But despite this abundance of stuff, the design feels neither cluttered nor fussy and the overall effect is sophisticated and refined. The smartly uniformed bartenders are as friendly as they are knowledgeable and will be happy to guide you through the twenty-four page wine list there’s a reason this place has won a whole bundle of awards for the choice on offer. Don’t be scared of asking for advice, as they’re always willing to assist a novice. There’s a strong range of champagnes and sparkling wines on offer alongside a particularly intriguing array of Antipodean reds. There’s also a good range of spirits available but the wine is main draw here. The food menu consists of light bites and tapas-style plates designed to share with a few heartier offerings (a sherry-braised pork belly, a chicken and morcilla roulade). Afternoon tea here is also a treat, as you’d imagine, the surroundings ideal. The bar has been described as the best wine bar in Adelaide and this description seems more than fitting.