Apothéke

Cocktail Bar / Lounge
Apothéke Looking for more info on Apotheke in NYC? Check out Party Earth for reviews, photos, and more for this amazing Chinatown cocktail bar! New York United States 40.714425 -73.998089
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Apothéke - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review Patrons in search of an offbeat experience need look no further than Apothéke, a bar and lounge that transports guests into a 19th-century opium and absinthe den – which is exactly what this space was back in the day... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    J, Z: Canal Street-Centre Street; 6: Canal Street-Centre Street

  • Phone:

    212-406-0400

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  • Hours:

    Daily 6:30pm–2am, occasionally until 4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Apothéke Review

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Looking for more info on Apotheke in NYC? Check out Party Earth for reviews, photos, and more for this amazing Chinatown cocktail bar!

Patrons in search of an offbeat experience need look no further than Apothéke, a bar and lounge that transports guests into a 19th-century opium and absinthe den – which is exactly what this space was back in the day.

Known for its décor as much as for its mind-blowing cocktails, the bar features the original pressed-tin ceiling salvaged from the former opium den, as well as a 30-foot marble bar, silk sofas, one-of-a-kind wood and tile flooring, and ingenious chandeliers and wall sconces fashioned out of antique chemistry glassware and filled with liquid absinthe to create an odd greenish glow.

The design by Christopher Tierney is perfectly complemented by the mad scientists posing as bartenders, complete with white lab coats, who concoct some incredibly strong cocktails with ingredients like fennel, lavender, pepper, and egg white – which perhaps explains that padded wall by the door.

Popular with a slightly pretentious crowd of chic socialites, stylish young professionals, and people from the worlds of film, music, and fashion, Apothéke’s bar area is still a surprisingly good place to strike up conversations with new people under the backlit collection of antique medicine bottles and house elixirs.

Although not known as a rowdy bar, the venue does get packed to the rafters on the weekends, and the usually civilized crowd has been known to let loose on the makeshift dance floor.

The drinks may be expensive and the bouncers choosy, but Apothéke and its swanky clientele offer a certain enigmatic charm that keeps patrons coming back time and time again.

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Tip from Adriana:

If the bar isn’t too busy, you can tell the mixologist what ingredients you like and he’ll whip up a special blend just for you!

  • Crowd

    Music and film industry professionals, fashion PR types, young professionals, socialites, and occasional celebrities, early 20s to 40s. Younger crowd on weekends.

  • Entertainment / Music

    A DJ spins and mixes popular and underground dance music every night from 10 or 11pm. Live jazz Sundays through Tuesdays starting at 8:30pm. DJ plays after jazz sessions end.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small plates menu including dumplings, edamame, and flavored popcorn. Expansive cocktail menu is divided into categories including Stress Relievers, Stimulants, and Aphrodisiacs. Over 1000 types of liquor served.

    Table reservations and bottle service available, though minimums apply.

  • Prices

    Small plates $5–$11. Cocktails $15–$18. Table minimums: 6 people/$350, 10 people/$700, 15 people/$1050, 20 people/$1400.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Fashionably casual during the week. Designer dresses, heels, and button-downs on the weekends.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays for live jazz and Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Close By

    The dungeon-like restaurant Bacaro (136 Division Street) offers Venetian dinners in a chic environment.

Apothéke User Reviews

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Apotheke – The Absinthe Aura!
Tatjana K. Feb 20, 2013
Apotheke’s clandestine location on 9 Doyers Street in China Town (Between Bowery & Chatham Square) sets the mood for the overall vibe of this Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality lounge. It only adds to Apotheke’s impression to know that this ‘secret lab’sque demeanor is rooted in its history. Yes! Apotheke was once an opium den in 1800s. The co-owners Christopher and Heather Tierney have maintained the apothecary theme in every detail from the 200-year-old hammered door to the light sconces and eccentric antique furniture. The bartenders appropriately termed mixocologists, dressed in lab coats, can prescribe an array of cocktails from four categories: Health & Beauty, Stress Relievers, Stimulants and Pharmaceuticals. And although, you might want to visit Apotheke with a heavy pocket, the unusual mixes of alcohol with herbal ingredients, fruits, and spices is definitely a thrilling change to the palate. A perfect example of this would be the Fig & Oak, which is a mixture of scotch, fig, anise, lime and agave nectar. The drinks are mixed in test tubes and other laboratory equipment, which only adds to the entertainment. The music varies from indie rock, DJ mixes and live Jazz on Sundays. While Apotheke might not be your traditional night out bar, it still draws in large crowds, mainly consisting of young adults from marketing, PR, fashion and even the cooperate industry. And even if $15 (cash only!) might be a high price for a single concoction, its uniqueness in theme, décor, cocktails and absinthe aura certainly makes it worth it.
A Medicine After My Own Heart!
Samantha G. Jan 29, 2013
Did you know that Apotheké means pharmacy in German? Let me tell you that if Duane Read or CVS pharmacies were serving the same kind of medicine as Apotheké, no one in NYC would ever be sick and everybody would be much happier!! The fact that the bar is located in a not-so-easy-to-find dark street of Chinatown sets the tone for its prohibition theme. So don’t give up because Apotheké is worth looking for. Once you’re in, all you have to do is observe the bartenders operate their magic in mixing ingredients you never thought could go together, and finally enjoy the special ‘Prescription’ they've concocted just for you! This place is perfect to impress your hot new date or just enjoy a night out with your friends. Cheers!
Easy to miss, but don't miss out
Mark S. Dec 10, 2012
So you want to go to Apotheke. Your first challenge is finding the place. The address is not shown on the building, there is no sign, and it looks closed from the outside. If you make it in, your next challenge is finding a seat. Although the place is not too cramped, there is very limited seating. But you don't go out to sit down, right? Right? If you are into the whole mixology thing (which I am if its good) then you wont be disapointed. Well made drinks in a very cool atmosphere. I personally like coming for the Jazz music they play some nights. It fits well with the setting.
One of the First
Risa C. Dec 6, 2012
I remember this being one of the first real cocktail bars in the city and it really helped set the standard for its followers. Previously located under a Chinese awning (I was told it was changed in the past few weeks), you wouldn't look twice except for the large bouncer standing at the door. This is my friends' go to place for birthday bar crawls since the drinks are amazing and the vibe is simultaneously low key and fun for groups. I also love the bartender uniforms that make them look like mad scientists making concoctions to magically make your night more fun.
Mad chemist mixology
Nicole H. Oct 10, 2012
I've got to agree, this is one of the best speakeasies in the city. Hidden down an alley in Chinatown, Apotheke is best described as dark and alluring. It's designed to look like a century-old European apothecary, with old medicine bottles lining the back bar. The cocktails are handled with extreme precision by bartendars dressed as lab chemists. Each drink was unique, bold and colorful. I highly recommend ordering a variety and sharing among friends. They're a bit pricey, but nothing unusual for a well-made cocktail in NYC.
Great at what it does
Chris K. Oct 8, 2012
As far as ritzy mixology-driven speak-easies go, Apotheke is the best in New York. Their clandestine location is delightfully noir-ish, and their treatment of cocktails as medicine makes certain sense to the city's alcoholic legions. A cool decor and helpful staff complete the picture. Definitely swing by, if you can find it.
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