New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
The bartenders at Apotheke are at the top of their game. The drinks here are truly inspired. Housed in a one-time Opium den, this super cool spot isn’t that easy to find (look for the red Gold Flower Restaurant sign), but once you’re inside get ready for drinks to die for. Inspired by the European history of the apothecary as well as the artistic influence of the Parisian absinthe dens of the 19th Century, the place combines subtle luxury with pleasingly quirky touches. Their house ‘prescriptions’ include the Sparkling Star, a divine blend of star fruit, aloe jelly, vodka and champagne, and a Vanilla Rum Julep. More adventurous palates may enjoy their Strawberry Fennel concoction. Drinks are divided into categories such as ‘Health and beauty’, Painkiller’ and ‘Aphrodisiac’ though in such a decadent setting you’re unlikely to need much assistance to feel romantic. Ingredients (many of which are organic) are locally sourced from farmers’ markets or from the venue’s own Roof Garden. The interior has clung onto that opulent old world feel: long, comfy couches line the bare brick or upholstered walls, and the place boasts wooden floors, lots of candlelight and a gigantic marble bar. On top of this you can see the tools of the trade displayed for your delectation: an array of pestles and mortars and marinating herbs, not to mention the glass jars containing their specialty elixirs. These may look like the workings of a mad scientist, but you’ll be delighted with what they cook up and if your visit inspires you to learn the tricks of the trade yourself, Apotheke now offers one-day mixology and cocktail courses.
Photo credit: http://www.apothekenyc.com/space