May 11, 2018
Tel Aviv’s first ‘pharmacy’ cocktail bar, Spicehaus is taking a meticulous medicinal approach to curing the cases of thirst that walk through the door each evening.
Speaking of strolling through the threshold, it’s not quite as easy as you would imagine. That’s because the sign outside says ‘East Jaffa Perfume Company’, a clever clue to the level of the nature of the mixing going on inside. The pharmacies that have inspired Spicehaus are not your strip-mall modern variety, they are the ‘spice houses’ that lined the Silk Road in times of antiquity and like them, Spicehaus doles out all sorts of refreshers and cure-alls to visitors.
The venue is quite striking visually as well, as rows of beakers, antique medical devices, and stacks of vintage filing cabinet drawers line the walls. This is to say nothing of the gorgeous dark woods that bring a true antique feel to the place. As compelling as the setting is, we all wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for some spectacular cocktails, and a couple of our favorites are the Okinawa Vesper (sake, gin, vodka, lemongrass tea, and elderflower liqueur) and the Istanbul-Louisville Express (gin, lychee, aloe vera, rose-flavored tea, citrusy oleo saccharum and tonic water). Sharing punches are regularly prescribed as well, alongside an addictive list of bar bites.
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