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
9 Doyers Street
New York, NY 10013
J, Z: Canal Street-Centre Street; 6: Canal Street-Centre Street
Daily 6:30pm–2am, occasionally until 4am
Chinatown / Nolita, New York –
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.
Music and film industry professionals, fashion PR types, young professionals, socialites, and occasional celebrities, early 20s to 40s. Younger crowd on weekends.
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.
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.
Small plates $5–$11. Cocktails $15–$18. Table minimums: 6 people/$350, 10 people/$700, 15 people/$1050, 20 people/$1400.
Fashionably casual during the week. Designer dresses, heels, and button-downs on the weekends.
Tuesdays for live jazz and Friday and Saturday nights.
The dungeon-like restaurant Bacaro (136 Division Street) offers Venetian dinners in a chic environment.