Apotheke

★★★☆☆
New York's Premier Cocktail Apothecary
  • 9 Doyers St

    New York, NY 10013

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  • 212-406-0400

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Door nazi claims too much power and takes his job too seriously. Don't go here if you want to have a good time.

3
★★★★★

Door nazi claims too much power and takes his job too seriously. Don't go here if you want to have a good time.

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After some time at another bar we decided to meet some friends here and check this place out. I'm glad we did.

This place was rather interesting. First and foremost, if you don't literally guide me here, I'd have no idea this place

3
★★★★★

After some time at another bar we decided to meet some friends here and check this place out. I'm glad we did.

This place was rather interesting. First and foremost, if you don't literally guide me here, I'd have no idea this place

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Went there monday 5/16.

3 stars for the cocktails. 3 out of 4 where good. 1 was mediocre at best .

1 star for service and the vibe.

Don't go if you mostly go for the cocktails. It isn't worth the hassle of a way to crowded room,

3
★★★★★

Went there monday 5/16.

3 stars for the cocktails. 3 out of 4 where good. 1 was mediocre at best .

1 star for service and the vibe.

Don't go if you mostly go for the cocktails. It isn't worth the hassle of a way to crowded room,

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This place is amazing! I discovered it a little while ago and have experienced both the weekends and the weekdays. Definitely recommend going during the week unless you're more into the hype and scene. Weekdays are just no fuss.

Love the drinks. Love the fact they'll customize a drink for you as well. The staff is generally really friendly and helpful. Definitely one of my top 5 bars of the city.

2
★★★★★

This place is amazing! I discovered it a little while ago and have experienced both the weekends and the weekdays. Definitely recommend going during the week unless you're more into the hype and scene. Weekdays are just no fuss.

Love the drinks. Love the fact they'll customize a drink for you as well. The staff is generally really friendly and helpful. Definitely one of my top 5 bars of the city.

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Went last Saturday, it was my first time at Apotheke. I have never agreed with long lines at bars but have socially succumbed but Apotheke was outrageous. First, all the reviews I read about the place were about the bouncer rather than the place itself. Apparently this is what this place wants to get identified... with a door man that lacks manners and has plenty of poor attitude and low intellect, what a pitty for a place that claim to have the European attitude. Drinks were ok, "nothing out of this world", fancy names doesn't really make good drinks , ambiance was nice and crowd very eccentric. What else to say, service was poor, the only part that lives to its claims were the barista's. Everything else was a stupid show of attitude. I'm truly sorry to have see the European name associated with a bunch of charlatans.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Went last Saturday, it was my first time at Apotheke. I have never agreed with long lines at bars but have socially succumbed but Apotheke was outrageous. First, all the reviews I read about the place were about the bouncer rather than the place itself. Apparently this is what this place wants to get identified... with a door man that lacks manners and has plenty of poor attitude and low intellect, what a pitty for a place that claim to have the European attitude. Drinks were ok, "nothing out of this world", fancy names doesn't really make good drinks , ambiance was nice and crowd very eccentric. What else to say, service was poor, the only part that lives to its claims were the barista's. Everything else was a stupid show of attitude. I'm truly sorry to have see the European name associated with a bunch of charlatans.

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I started going to Apotheke from the very beginning about two years ago but stopped after i realized the douche at the door james was letting in a crowd that was less downtown cool and more money-slipping-lame. he had an attitude - big time. I went last weekend with a few freinds who had never been and own hotels in LA. To my delight and surprise James had been replaced by a beautiful, diplomatic and seriously stylish girl named Hadley (not sure about that spelling) We waited a few minutes but i guess she saw that we "get it" and let us in as soon as she could. it was everything it once was; killer crowd, wonderful energy, amazing cocktails. . . insane night all around. My only regret was not trying to get the door girls number.. .

2
★★★★☆

I started going to Apotheke from the very beginning about two years ago but stopped after i realized the douche at the door james was letting in a crowd that was less downtown cool and more money-slipping-lame. he had an attitude - big time. I went last weekend with a few freinds who had never been and own hotels in LA. To my delight and surprise James had been replaced by a beautiful, diplomatic and seriously stylish girl named Hadley (not sure about that spelling) We waited a few minutes but i guess she saw that we "get it" and let us in as soon as she could. it was everything it once was; killer crowd, wonderful energy, amazing cocktails. . . insane night all around. My only regret was not trying to get the door girls number.. .

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no one in nyc can even come to the drinks here not even close

2
★★★★★

no one in nyc can even come to the drinks here not even close

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Was there last night for the first time after hearing about the cocktails from my better half. Atmosphere was great, drinks were good but prices was a bit high. The DJ was a bit off on his music selection and transition. I agree with some of the other people regarding the "Doorman" James. He is definitely one of the worst doorman I've seen or encountered. Pretentious and acts like he is doing you a favor by letting you in and keeping THEIR business afloat. However when we got there, there was a line of about 15-20 people waiting but we did get in within a few miuntes from standing on line and ahead of the others but he is still a prick. Once inside the mixers and wait staff was very accommodating. Definitely worth checking out if you don't mind dealing with James the interogator from UK first.

1
★★★☆☆

Was there last night for the first time after hearing about the cocktails from my better half. Atmosphere was great, drinks were good but prices was a bit high. The DJ was a bit off on his music selection and transition. I agree with some of the other people regarding the "Doorman" James. He is definitely one of the worst doorman I've seen or encountered. Pretentious and acts like he is doing you a favor by letting you in and keeping THEIR business afloat. However when we got there, there was a line of about 15-20 people waiting but we did get in within a few miuntes from standing on line and ahead of the others but he is still a prick. Once inside the mixers and wait staff was very accommodating. Definitely worth checking out if you don't mind dealing with James the interogator from UK first.

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This guy is such a jerk it's impossible to describe. James you are just a f*cking doorman...your only responsibility is to open the door and let ppl in that's it... nobody gives a sh*t about ur accent or your name...

0
★☆☆☆☆

This guy is such a jerk it's impossible to describe. James you are just a f*cking doorman...your only responsibility is to open the door and let ppl in that's it... nobody gives a sh*t about ur accent or your name...

Pros: none

Cons: they pretty much want to fail...

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I went there for my birthday and we had reserved a table in advance and went early. Had a fun time just trying to find this place and worked my way through 4 different drinks, each, even better than the last one! Our waitress was wonderful and quick to make recommendations and kept the drinks coming quickly. The one with watermelon was my favorite, but they had some very interesting concoctions. This isn't for the bud light drinking crowd, but if you like to enjoy some new drinks, run over there now. Based upon the other reviews, I am glad we went early (9pm) and I hope the doorman has been replaced as that would have easily changed my whole perception and would have quickly left for another watering whole... p.s. bring you num-chucks as you might need them to navigate the sketchy neighborhood.

2
★★★★★

I went there for my birthday and we had reserved a table in advance and went early. Had a fun time just trying to find this place and worked my way through 4 different drinks, each, even better than the last one! Our waitress was wonderful and quick to make recommendations and kept the drinks coming quickly. The one with watermelon was my favorite, but they had some very interesting concoctions. This isn't for the bud light drinking crowd, but if you like to enjoy some new drinks, run over there now. Based upon the other reviews, I am glad we went early (9pm) and I hope the doorman has been replaced as that would have easily changed my whole perception and would have quickly left for another watering whole... p.s. bring you num-chucks as you might need them to navigate the sketchy neighborhood.

Pros: Great find for wonderful drinks

Cons: Drinks are very expensive, starting at $15 each...

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My first experience at Apotheke about a year ago was on a weeknight. It was a lot of fun trying to locate this speakeasy since it?s unsuspectingly placed behind a Chinese restaurant with a yellow sign on a little narrow alleyway called Doyer St in Chinatown.
There were no lines then and very few seem to know of this establishment at that time, which made it pretty special. Since I?m a highly imaginative individual, I love concept bars, and totally dig the whole old world apothecary theme with bartenders dressed in lab coats, spirits in experimental glass tubes and cylinders, an entire cocktail menu list divided into inventive sections such as: Health & Beauty, Stress Relievers, Pain Killers, Aphrodisiacs, Stimulants, Pharmaceuticals, Euphoric Enhancers and Therapeutic Treatments. I also loved the vintage furniture, especially the old sugar cane press near the bathroom! We laid back on one of the velvet thrones and sipped the night away to quiet jazz.
Fast forward a year later, Apotheke resembles a club-type lounge with velvet ropes and a line of hopefuls backed up about 30 minutes at minimum on a good weekend night. The doorman, James has this totally weird method of picking and choosing which crowd he lets skip the queue to go right in, which obviously pisses some folks off. But alas, we were handpicked and were able to join in the crowd that was already dancing to the latest hip-hop (?) tunes. A lot different from what I remembered in terms of atmosphere and crowd; I still liked the cocktails and concept though. After the owner's homemade Absinthe made its round twice, along with numerous other elixirs and prescriptions, I no longer cared about how obnoxious the line/bouncer was or this place has turned out to be slightly grungier, but had a great time with the fun group I was with. I will still return to Apotheke despite its decline ? (maybe as an off-meatpacking club-lounge and IF there is no line) just don?t expect it to be a Raines Law Room or Little Branch.

1
★★★☆☆

My first experience at Apotheke about a year ago was on a weeknight. It was a lot of fun trying to locate this speakeasy since it?s unsuspectingly placed behind a Chinese restaurant with a yellow sign on a little narrow alleyway called Doyer St in Chinatown.
There were no lines then and very few seem to know of this establishment at that time, which made it pretty special. Since I?m a highly imaginative individual, I love concept bars, and totally dig the whole old world apothecary theme with bartenders dressed in lab coats, spirits in experimental glass tubes and cylinders, an entire cocktail menu list divided into inventive sections such as: Health & Beauty, Stress Relievers, Pain Killers, Aphrodisiacs, Stimulants, Pharmaceuticals, Euphoric Enhancers and Therapeutic Treatments. I also loved the vintage furniture, especially the old sugar cane press near the bathroom! We laid back on one of the velvet thrones and sipped the night away to quiet jazz.
Fast forward a year later, Apotheke resembles a club-type lounge with velvet ropes and a line of hopefuls backed up about 30 minutes at minimum on a good weekend night. The doorman, James has this totally weird method of picking and choosing which crowd he lets skip the queue to go right in, which obviously pisses some folks off. But alas, we were handpicked and were able to join in the crowd that was already dancing to the latest hip-hop (?) tunes. A lot different from what I remembered in terms of atmosphere and crowd; I still liked the cocktails and concept though. After the owner's homemade Absinthe made its round twice, along with numerous other elixirs and prescriptions, I no longer cared about how obnoxious the line/bouncer was or this place has turned out to be slightly grungier, but had a great time with the fun group I was with. I will still return to Apotheke despite its decline ? (maybe as an off-meatpacking club-lounge and IF there is no line) just don?t expect it to be a Raines Law Room or Little Branch.

Pros: Unique apothecary concept, good cocktails, decor

Cons: Obnoxious door policy and rude doorman

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I went there once for a friends birthday and never again. I don't mind waiting on line. I don't mind the arbitrary rules that apply to some instead of others but what I don't like is an arrogant, stupid, egotistical, full of himself loser bouncer/door man. This guy can't be making a living doing this. He is a F'in loser. Nothing more and a lot less. Have been to some real horrible places with real d.o.u.c.h.e bouncers but this guy takes the cake. He better be careful because one day he's going to say the wrong thing to the wrong person. I would love to catch this p.r.i.c.k. alone somewhere and see how tough he really thinks he is. If it wasn't for NY's strict gun laws I would put my .44 in his mouth and ask him to apologize in clear English. GET RID OF THE BLACK BOUNCER. I don't know his name but he was black.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went there once for a friends birthday and never again. I don't mind waiting on line. I don't mind the arbitrary rules that apply to some instead of others but what I don't like is an arrogant, stupid, egotistical, full of himself loser bouncer/door man. This guy can't be making a living doing this. He is a F'in loser. Nothing more and a lot less. Have been to some real horrible places with real d.o.u.c.h.e bouncers but this guy takes the cake. He better be careful because one day he's going to say the wrong thing to the wrong person. I would love to catch this p.r.i.c.k. alone somewhere and see how tough he really thinks he is. If it wasn't for NY's strict gun laws I would put my .44 in his mouth and ask him to apologize in clear English. GET RID OF THE BLACK BOUNCER. I don't know his name but he was black.

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: the bouncer, the bathroom, which should be the same thing

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Bouncers are extremely disrespectful and ignorant. They would create a line even though the place is half-empty. Whenever they interact with people in the line, they are for some reason always vulgar and rude. It is humiliating scenery. Garbage bags are surrounding the place and it literally stinks there.
The place inside is nothing special at all. Drinks are overpriced, staff is not responsive and it looks like they are making you a big favor by serving you.
My recommendation ? take your money to some other place, there are many better places in New York. Avoid Apotheke!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Bouncers are extremely disrespectful and ignorant. They would create a line even though the place is half-empty. Whenever they interact with people in the line, they are for some reason always vulgar and rude. It is humiliating scenery. Garbage bags are surrounding the place and it literally stinks there.
The place inside is nothing special at all. Drinks are overpriced, staff is not responsive and it looks like they are making you a big favor by serving you.
My recommendation ? take your money to some other place, there are many better places in New York. Avoid Apotheke!

Pros: Stay away from this place

Cons: Bouncers are embarrassing and humiliating people in the line

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I confirm other what other reviewers here have said about this idiot James the British accented doorman. He has a ridiculous door policy. This past Saturday, he forced about 10 people to stand outside in 20 degree temperature for 1.5 hours at 1 am. While my 2 friends and I waited, we watched 30 people walk out of the place. But he didn't let any of us inside. My friends and I were well dressed and ready to buy lots of drinks. Instead we froze our butts off for no reason. Once we got inside at 2 am, the place wasn't even that packed any more. Plus, the music was one cut above a typical wedding DJ. This doorman is ruining the place. Get rid of James and get back to making drinks Apotheke!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I confirm other what other reviewers here have said about this idiot James the British accented doorman. He has a ridiculous door policy. This past Saturday, he forced about 10 people to stand outside in 20 degree temperature for 1.5 hours at 1 am. While my 2 friends and I waited, we watched 30 people walk out of the place. But he didn't let any of us inside. My friends and I were well dressed and ready to buy lots of drinks. Instead we froze our butts off for no reason. Once we got inside at 2 am, the place wasn't even that packed any more. Plus, the music was one cut above a typical wedding DJ. This doorman is ruining the place. Get rid of James and get back to making drinks Apotheke!

Pros: Good drinks

Cons: Horrible doorman; no other bars nearby; predictable DJ

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Nick and Craig explained to my friends from Maine how the drinks were made. As always, they were nice in every way...

2
★★★★★

Nick and Craig explained to my friends from Maine how the drinks were made. As always, they were nice in every way...

Pros: Great band and DJ, drinks, polite and attentive bartenders

Cons: Bathrooms

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The crowd was positive and the energy was so amazing. The new year was brought in the right way.

2
★★★★★

The crowd was positive and the energy was so amazing. The new year was brought in the right way.

Pros: Quality Everything

Cons: Bathroom waiting time can kill the buzz

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The service was amazing and from the 2 gentlemen at the door (James and Juan I believe), to the explanation of mixology and what exactly egg white could add to a drink, I am sold! Death & Co., Sasha's places, etc. - The mixologists there think their shit does not stink. Here, I was immediately comfortable, and had the most amazing experiences going out in NYC.

2
★★★★★

The service was amazing and from the 2 gentlemen at the door (James and Juan I believe), to the explanation of mixology and what exactly egg white could add to a drink, I am sold! Death & Co., Sasha's places, etc. - The mixologists there think their shit does not stink. Here, I was immediately comfortable, and had the most amazing experiences going out in NYC.

Pros: Service, Drink Quality, Music, Beautiful People

Cons: Sticky after fire show, very warm when crowded

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good drinks, fun atmosphere

2
★★★★☆

good drinks, fun atmosphere

Pros: Enjoyable atmosphere, pleasant bartenders

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I am absolutely convinced that James (the doorman with the fake british accent) is on the pay from a competitor who is trying to shut down Apotheke. The man is a raving lunatic whose door policy is decided by his volatile mood swings. I have been going there since the very beginning and quickly came to realize that James needed to be 'talked up' to make himself feel better. But after going there so many times - I just can't do it anymore. James we go to Apotheke to enjoy the music, drinks and atmosphere with our friends. Not to regale you with stories and entertainment. You have lost another faithful customer. For those who still want to go to Apotheke and are not very good at chit-chatting idiotic bouncers (yes its an art - first you must bring down your IQ level to below 100) please note that James lets people in if you politely give him 20 reasons (if you know what I mean). One note - if you end up going there on a nightwhen Aubrey is manning the door. You are in luck - the man is all class and all charm. Good luck to him.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I am absolutely convinced that James (the doorman with the fake british accent) is on the pay from a competitor who is trying to shut down Apotheke. The man is a raving lunatic whose door policy is decided by his volatile mood swings. I have been going there since the very beginning and quickly came to realize that James needed to be 'talked up' to make himself feel better. But after going there so many times - I just can't do it anymore. James we go to Apotheke to enjoy the music, drinks and atmosphere with our friends. Not to regale you with stories and entertainment. You have lost another faithful customer. For those who still want to go to Apotheke and are not very good at chit-chatting idiotic bouncers (yes its an art - first you must bring down your IQ level to below 100) please note that James lets people in if you politely give him 20 reasons (if you know what I mean). One note - if you end up going there on a nightwhen Aubrey is manning the door. You are in luck - the man is all class and all charm. Good luck to him.

Pros: fun atmosphere, drinks, music

Cons: James the Doorman

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Seriously....i have NEVER in my entire life had such an experience. My fiance and I went for a friends bday on sat night. Waited for 30 min for the doorman James to turn us down. He said rude comments and announced to everyone on line that were not allowed in, plus purposely allowed a group behind us in! What was his point to humiliate me, jealous, maybe i reminded him of someone? We even had half the party come out to help along with the fact that they already had bottle service. WHO does he think he is, such a pathetic soul, were in an economic crisis and he is going to turn down two young professionals who can actually afford to be there.

Worst door policy for a bar/club in NYC...no question!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Seriously....i have NEVER in my entire life had such an experience. My fiance and I went for a friends bday on sat night. Waited for 30 min for the doorman James to turn us down. He said rude comments and announced to everyone on line that were not allowed in, plus purposely allowed a group behind us in! What was his point to humiliate me, jealous, maybe i reminded him of someone? We even had half the party come out to help along with the fact that they already had bottle service. WHO does he think he is, such a pathetic soul, were in an economic crisis and he is going to turn down two young professionals who can actually afford to be there.

Worst door policy for a bar/club in NYC...no question!

Pros: 0

Cons: ALL

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This is my first time writing a negative review as I'm the type of person who would never want to negatively impact someone's livelihood/business because of my bad experience. However, I think this situation calls for it if only to save someone from the same embarassment that I underwent this past Friday night. One of my girlfriends has been raving about Apotheke after her company held a promotional event there...saying things like the drinks are amazing, great vibe, beautiful inside, etc. When one of our friends from DC came to visit us in NY, we thought it would be a great opportunity for me to check it out and bring our out-of-town friend. We arrive around 10:30 and the gentleman at the door started asking us questions such as "Have you been here before?", "What's your favorite drink?" "How did you hear of us?". From his attitude, I knew this man did not want to let us in even though he said it would be a 20 minute wait. I typically like to feel welcomed and relaxed when I go out. You can imagine my dismay when 3-4 groups of men and women were let in to Apotheke who came in after us. I had enough and asked my friends to leave as this was very insulting to me. However, they insisted that it would only be a couple of more minutes to get in. My out-of-town friend asked why were the other guests getting in even though they came after us and he responded, "It would take me all night to explain that to you." By this point, I told my friends I am leaving regardless of what they do and cannot take this treatment any longer. I've never had an issue getting into bars/lounges before and typically not when it's 3 attractive professional women looking to enjoy some cocktails together. I just wanted to share this story in case someone who has a fear of rejection plans on going...maybe think twice:(

0
★☆☆☆☆

This is my first time writing a negative review as I'm the type of person who would never want to negatively impact someone's livelihood/business because of my bad experience. However, I think this situation calls for it if only to save someone from the same embarassment that I underwent this past Friday night. One of my girlfriends has been raving about Apotheke after her company held a promotional event there...saying things like the drinks are amazing, great vibe, beautiful inside, etc. When one of our friends from DC came to visit us in NY, we thought it would be a great opportunity for me to check it out and bring our out-of-town friend. We arrive around 10:30 and the gentleman at the door started asking us questions such as "Have you been here before?", "What's your favorite drink?" "How did you hear of us?". From his attitude, I knew this man did not want to let us in even though he said it would be a 20 minute wait. I typically like to feel welcomed and relaxed when I go out. You can imagine my dismay when 3-4 groups of men and women were let in to Apotheke who came in after us. I had enough and asked my friends to leave as this was very insulting to me. However, they insisted that it would only be a couple of more minutes to get in. My out-of-town friend asked why were the other guests getting in even though they came after us and he responded, "It would take me all night to explain that to you." By this point, I told my friends I am leaving regardless of what they do and cannot take this treatment any longer. I've never had an issue getting into bars/lounges before and typically not when it's 3 attractive professional women looking to enjoy some cocktails together. I just wanted to share this story in case someone who has a fear of rejection plans on going...maybe think twice:(

Pros: Looks Nice From Outside Looking In

Cons: Offensive Door Staff

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Really!!! The owner should realize and even TRY what the bar is actually serving! I appreciate the ideas & recipes that they put in to their menu and drinks BUT they are VERY WATERLY! I wish Clover Club was in the city then that will be my spot for evry after work!!!
Really, not just mine but all my friends are as well. At the fourth drink, I needed to ask the bartender to re-mix the drink! Better overview what you're serving "owner!!!" I am usually patient but I had to let my words out this time!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Really!!! The owner should realize and even TRY what the bar is actually serving! I appreciate the ideas & recipes that they put in to their menu and drinks BUT they are VERY WATERLY! I wish Clover Club was in the city then that will be my spot for evry after work!!!
Really, not just mine but all my friends are as well. At the fourth drink, I needed to ask the bartender to re-mix the drink! Better overview what you're serving "owner!!!" I am usually patient but I had to let my words out this time!

Pros: pretty nice interior and creative recipe

Cons: Over Priced WATER DRINK!!!

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Can't even review the inside, because the doormen are such d-bags, we left. I had better service at Time Warner Cable. And AT&T. And Delta. And my building's management office. Seriously, don't bother. Plenty of great spots down there. Let this one die out.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Can't even review the inside, because the doormen are such d-bags, we left. I had better service at Time Warner Cable. And AT&T. And Delta. And my building's management office. Seriously, don't bother. Plenty of great spots down there. Let this one die out.

Pros: nothing

Cons: you name it

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- really like this place a lot. Great characters all around!

From the doormen to the barkeeps and the owner. Drinks are a little different and pricey.

In my opiniona great location for a good good evening.

2
★★★★★

- really like this place a lot. Great characters all around!

From the doormen to the barkeeps and the owner. Drinks are a little different and pricey.

In my opiniona great location for a good good evening.

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I went there for a night out with 10 work friends to celebrate one leaving for a new job. We wanted something special and as this place had been getting publicity we decided to try it out. I wish we hadn't wasted our time, and I wish I had read the reviews here that are almost unanimously accurate in their negative view. Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of our negative experiences there:

1. Even though we were a large group, we were forced to wait outside for 35 minutes. When we got in (not all at once), the place was virtually empty.

2. The doorman who forced us to wait outside was a totally disrespectful j-k who only agreed to let us in if we got two tables at a minimum $1K per table. They claim there is no table minimum - not true. We felt like we were falling victim to a classic bait and switch scam.

3. He let half of us in, forcing the other half of our group to wait another 25 minutes (including the person whose leaving drinks it was).

4. The drinks were nothing special at all and were priced well beyond their quality/uniqueness.

5. The absinth was not even real. It was the worst spent $35 I can remember.

6. Not one of our party had anything positive to say after we left (not long after we were let in an had a couple of drinks) and we felt like the set-up was a self-important, self-congratulating hole of arrogance, lack of customer service and disrespect. Going there completely ruined our evening.

7. The "Customary-20%-in-New-York-Tip" scam detailed in the earlier review was pulled on us too. They might be able to get away with that sort of thing with tourists who don't know any better, but as New Yorkers, we weren't falling for it and considered it just another incidence of how this set-up is designed to do nothing more than squeeze as much out of you for as little in return as possible.

To sum up: There is no appreciation for customers here at all. They almost want to make you feel they are doing you a favor by letting you go there - guess what - you have to earn respect from customers, you don't automatically get it from fabricating a cliche story about opium dens and using a 15 year old strategy of not having a sign outside.

It is a terribly managed place as our experiences are clearly not unique and have been going on a long time without management doing anything to improve the situation.

I will be surprised if Apotheke lasts very long as people get wise to what this place is really about. I doubt anyone will miss it when it's gone. We certainly won't.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went there for a night out with 10 work friends to celebrate one leaving for a new job. We wanted something special and as this place had been getting publicity we decided to try it out. I wish we hadn't wasted our time, and I wish I had read the reviews here that are almost unanimously accurate in their negative view. Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of our negative experiences there:

1. Even though we were a large group, we were forced to wait outside for 35 minutes. When we got in (not all at once), the place was virtually empty.

2. The doorman who forced us to wait outside was a totally disrespectful j-k who only agreed to let us in if we got two tables at a minimum $1K per table. They claim there is no table minimum - not true. We felt like we were falling victim to a classic bait and switch scam.

3. He let half of us in, forcing the other half of our group to wait another 25 minutes (including the person whose leaving drinks it was).

4. The drinks were nothing special at all and were priced well beyond their quality/uniqueness.

5. The absinth was not even real. It was the worst spent $35 I can remember.

6. Not one of our party had anything positive to say after we left (not long after we were let in an had a couple of drinks) and we felt like the set-up was a self-important, self-congratulating hole of arrogance, lack of customer service and disrespect. Going there completely ruined our evening.

7. The "Customary-20%-in-New-York-Tip" scam detailed in the earlier review was pulled on us too. They might be able to get away with that sort of thing with tourists who don't know any better, but as New Yorkers, we weren't falling for it and considered it just another incidence of how this set-up is designed to do nothing more than squeeze as much out of you for as little in return as possible.

To sum up: There is no appreciation for customers here at all. They almost want to make you feel they are doing you a favor by letting you go there - guess what - you have to earn respect from customers, you don't automatically get it from fabricating a cliche story about opium dens and using a 15 year old strategy of not having a sign outside.

It is a terribly managed place as our experiences are clearly not unique and have been going on a long time without management doing anything to improve the situation.

I will be surprised if Apotheke lasts very long as people get wise to what this place is really about. I doubt anyone will miss it when it's gone. We certainly won't.

Pros: Don't even try it...

Cons: Overpriced (rip-off), Pretentious, Unfriendly

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When first arriving, the mystique of the hidden door down the random hidden alley in Chinatown added to the attractiveness. (But I won't admit, it was a real freakin pain to get there and an ever bigger one finding a cab to leave!!) The drinks are priced as a normal mixology bar would be... approx $15/ cocktail. For the price, I'd rather go to Employee's Only or Pegyu... not yummy at all. I mean, who would ever think that tequila and lavender would go well together, really?!?!?

Decor was nice, but the place was not that large at all... There's some seating, but the standing area by the bar just felt awkward.

Bill arrived and we felt like it was a bit high... we received the final amount on a credit card slip, and the itemized bill. HOWEVER, the itemized bill was written in some secret code, (ticks marks, chicken scratch) just enough that we couldn't decifer what each drink costs. We decided to ask the waitress, and she informed us in her rehearsed voice "a 20% tip was added, which is customary in NYC..."

UM.... I've been going out like it's my job since 1995, so when the hell did this become customary outside of the Chelsea Clubs. NEVER going there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

When first arriving, the mystique of the hidden door down the random hidden alley in Chinatown added to the attractiveness. (But I won't admit, it was a real freakin pain to get there and an ever bigger one finding a cab to leave!!) The drinks are priced as a normal mixology bar would be... approx $15/ cocktail. For the price, I'd rather go to Employee's Only or Pegyu... not yummy at all. I mean, who would ever think that tequila and lavender would go well together, really?!?!?

Decor was nice, but the place was not that large at all... There's some seating, but the standing area by the bar just felt awkward.

Bill arrived and we felt like it was a bit high... we received the final amount on a credit card slip, and the itemized bill. HOWEVER, the itemized bill was written in some secret code, (ticks marks, chicken scratch) just enough that we couldn't decifer what each drink costs. We decided to ask the waitress, and she informed us in her rehearsed voice "a 20% tip was added, which is customary in NYC..."

UM.... I've been going out like it's my job since 1995, so when the hell did this become customary outside of the Chelsea Clubs. NEVER going there again.

Pros: Decor is alright.

Cons: Location is bad, Drinks are not mixed nicely, 20% added

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I was so excited to check this place out. Once we got to the door we were stopped by an annoying doorman. He agreed to let us in if we spent at least $400. The decor was nice. The drinks were over priced for what it was. We could of gone to a really chic hotel bar instead. I ordered the house of absinthe drink for $35, it was a ripp off!!!! Also, the doorman made a friend wait outside for 30min to get in even when i went outside to tell him she was with us. At the end, our bill was almost $600. We left and there was a crowd of people trying to get in, I dont know why. They should be paying us to go!!!! I would not go back, this place is OVERRATED

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★☆☆☆☆

I was so excited to check this place out. Once we got to the door we were stopped by an annoying doorman. He agreed to let us in if we spent at least $400. The decor was nice. The drinks were over priced for what it was. We could of gone to a really chic hotel bar instead. I ordered the house of absinthe drink for $35, it was a ripp off!!!! Also, the doorman made a friend wait outside for 30min to get in even when i went outside to tell him she was with us. At the end, our bill was almost $600. We left and there was a crowd of people trying to get in, I dont know why. They should be paying us to go!!!! I would not go back, this place is OVERRATED

Pros: Nice Decor

Cons: Annoying Doorman

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I went to Apotheke for a birthday party and had the most terrible experience I've ever had at a New York City lounge. Having prepared the establishment of our party and reserved a table in advance, the doorman was disrespectful to my guests, refused entry to several of them, including the birthday boy, and tried to force us to spend $1K at the table, where usually there's no table minimum.

I would not recommend this place under any circumstances, other than the decor, as they have no appreciation for their patrons and basic human respect. many of our guests stood more than one hour in the freezing cold, were rebuffed for "not making a good case to enter," while the bouncer allowed people he was acquainted with to go in. DON'T GO TO APOTHEKE!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Apotheke for a birthday party and had the most terrible experience I've ever had at a New York City lounge. Having prepared the establishment of our party and reserved a table in advance, the doorman was disrespectful to my guests, refused entry to several of them, including the birthday boy, and tried to force us to spend $1K at the table, where usually there's no table minimum.

I would not recommend this place under any circumstances, other than the decor, as they have no appreciation for their patrons and basic human respect. many of our guests stood more than one hour in the freezing cold, were rebuffed for "not making a good case to enter," while the bouncer allowed people he was acquainted with to go in. DON'T GO TO APOTHEKE!

Pros: Nice decor

Cons: The disrespectful bouncer

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I really love the fact this place is on Doyers street, one of the coolest blocks in NYC. The drinks are quite creative and I dig the vibe inside. Obviously this bar isn't for everyone but I like what they're doing there.

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★★★★☆

I really love the fact this place is on Doyers street, one of the coolest blocks in NYC. The drinks are quite creative and I dig the vibe inside. Obviously this bar isn't for everyone but I like what they're doing there.

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When I read about Apotheke, it seemed the perfect place to celebrate my 31st birthday. However, It was like being at a (very well) themed Frat Party, with beakers and mustaches instead of togas. Perhaps in my lust to codify some fantastical realm of 19th century Vienna and Nicole-Kidman-Absinthe-Fairies I set my hopes too high. In fact, no bar can hold a flame to genius like Aleister Crowley, especially once sed bar is written up in the New York Times.

Let me begin by saying what is GOOD about Apotheke:
1. The Location 2. The Drinks 3. The Bartenders 4. The Decor, Charming if not a bit inauthentic at times, (*note the molding above the bar) 5. The Owner (that I met), friendly and helpful.

The problem with Apotheke is the CROWD, plain and simple. They gave the feel of being at a BU or UCONN house party. I expected to arrive at extremely ?cool? place with unbearable hipsters, or even StarF*@kers, and while slightly relieved that this place was not as pretentious as Freemans or La Esquina, I was nonetheless disappointed, as it had seemed to bill itself in that same genre. I can even admire that this is a place for average 20 somethings, just not for me. (We joked that this is where La Esquina rejects go)
I opted to go on a Monday night to avoid the crowd. And while the ?drunk stockbroker? is a Manhattan archetype that we have all come to love or loathe, there is yet a difference btw the seasoned Wall-Streeters, and the Junior Wall-Streeters who haunt Apotheke; they maintain all of the qualities of the former with less of the panache. One such boy, (whom I recognized by his un-ironic Docksides and khaki pants) offered me $50 if I gave him my number to win a ?dare.?

All in all, Apotheke was a disappointment. I expected something elegant and the crowd and the music ruined it for me. However, if you have just come back from your semester abroad in Australia, if you are under 26 or if you want to celebrate your first promotion with Merrill, come on over.

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★★☆☆☆

When I read about Apotheke, it seemed the perfect place to celebrate my 31st birthday. However, It was like being at a (very well) themed Frat Party, with beakers and mustaches instead of togas. Perhaps in my lust to codify some fantastical realm of 19th century Vienna and Nicole-Kidman-Absinthe-Fairies I set my hopes too high. In fact, no bar can hold a flame to genius like Aleister Crowley, especially once sed bar is written up in the New York Times.

Let me begin by saying what is GOOD about Apotheke:
1. The Location 2. The Drinks 3. The Bartenders 4. The Decor, Charming if not a bit inauthentic at times, (*note the molding above the bar) 5. The Owner (that I met), friendly and helpful.

The problem with Apotheke is the CROWD, plain and simple. They gave the feel of being at a BU or UCONN house party. I expected to arrive at extremely ?cool? place with unbearable hipsters, or even StarF*@kers, and while slightly relieved that this place was not as pretentious as Freemans or La Esquina, I was nonetheless disappointed, as it had seemed to bill itself in that same genre. I can even admire that this is a place for average 20 somethings, just not for me. (We joked that this is where La Esquina rejects go)
I opted to go on a Monday night to avoid the crowd. And while the ?drunk stockbroker? is a Manhattan archetype that we have all come to love or loathe, there is yet a difference btw the seasoned Wall-Streeters, and the Junior Wall-Streeters who haunt Apotheke; they maintain all of the qualities of the former with less of the panache. One such boy, (whom I recognized by his un-ironic Docksides and khaki pants) offered me $50 if I gave him my number to win a ?dare.?

All in all, Apotheke was a disappointment. I expected something elegant and the crowd and the music ruined it for me. However, if you have just come back from your semester abroad in Australia, if you are under 26 or if you want to celebrate your first promotion with Merrill, come on over.

Pros: Location, Bartenders, Idea

Cons: CROWD. I don't advocate velvet rope, but come on, at least be honest about what the bar is

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Woah this place is a stinker. How does this place get so much press?? Drinks are decent, but anything will be "yummy" if you muddle some strawberries in it. 15 bucks per drink is a little steep considering what they are serving. The crowd is horribly cheesy. Reminds me of the crowd that Mantattana on Bowery used to draw (don't judge me, I had to go to a birthday party) I prefer the Randolph on Broome as far as loungey cocktail bars go.

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★☆☆☆☆

Woah this place is a stinker. How does this place get so much press?? Drinks are decent, but anything will be "yummy" if you muddle some strawberries in it. 15 bucks per drink is a little steep considering what they are serving. The crowd is horribly cheesy. Reminds me of the crowd that Mantattana on Bowery used to draw (don't judge me, I had to go to a birthday party) I prefer the Randolph on Broome as far as loungey cocktail bars go.

Pros: Woah look at us, we are hanging out in a former opium den!! bleh

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OK I read the reviews and I was so confused... Did these people go to the same place? I have been here a few time and once the doormen recognizes you its not difficult to get in. AND the british doorman is hysterical and sweet. If you are polite to him, he is very accommodating. The drinks are yummmmmy, strawberyy and fennel... mmmmmmm. HOWEVER they are REALLY pricey, but this IS new york. I've been there a half dozen times on various days of the week and never had a bad experience. GO. Have Fun. See for yourself.

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★★★★★

OK I read the reviews and I was so confused... Did these people go to the same place? I have been here a few time and once the doormen recognizes you its not difficult to get in. AND the british doorman is hysterical and sweet. If you are polite to him, he is very accommodating. The drinks are yummmmmy, strawberyy and fennel... mmmmmmm. HOWEVER they are REALLY pricey, but this IS new york. I've been there a half dozen times on various days of the week and never had a bad experience. GO. Have Fun. See for yourself.

Pros: Drinks, Atmosphere, Music

Cons: $$

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I went here during it's soft opening for a fashion week party, and then another Moet sponsored party. I was very impressed with what the room looked like, and got to chat to the owner Albert about what he was hoping to do with the place as far as cocktails are concerned. Everything sounded good, homemade elixers, absinthe, etc. Fast forward a few months, and good god what happened? Dropped in on a Thursday night to see how things were coming along. There was a british bouncer who was incredibly rude, asking us if we had reservations. I explained to him that we didn't, and asked if we could be accomodated at the bar. He said the bar area was full (which it was not) and even if it wasn't, it wouldn't be in his best interest to let 3 men in with no ladies. Now that is a perfectly undertstandable policy for clubs, etc that sell a scene, rather then a product. Apotheke, however, presents itself as a cocktail bar - and the one thing every highly regarded cocktail bar in NYC shares in common is a democratic door policy. So right off the bat i was skeptical about how things were going. We eventually gained entrance by flashing the owners personal business card. As i expected, the inside was pretty much empty. One table was filled, and about 10 people at the bar. I was excited to see the new cocktail list which was supposed to be in excess of 150. Nope. Tried to order some stuff off the menu, and got some vodka, random fruit juice and weird bitters, which is pretty much the formula that most of the bartenders like to follow unfortunately. It could be a great spot to swing by for one drink, but it is definitely not a place to plan a whole night around (which you would have to do, based on the location, reservationist and long line) Oh, and if you go, make sure not to wear nice shoes, as undoubtedly a drunken fratboy idiot from the UES will spill his drink on them.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went here during it's soft opening for a fashion week party, and then another Moet sponsored party. I was very impressed with what the room looked like, and got to chat to the owner Albert about what he was hoping to do with the place as far as cocktails are concerned. Everything sounded good, homemade elixers, absinthe, etc. Fast forward a few months, and good god what happened? Dropped in on a Thursday night to see how things were coming along. There was a british bouncer who was incredibly rude, asking us if we had reservations. I explained to him that we didn't, and asked if we could be accomodated at the bar. He said the bar area was full (which it was not) and even if it wasn't, it wouldn't be in his best interest to let 3 men in with no ladies. Now that is a perfectly undertstandable policy for clubs, etc that sell a scene, rather then a product. Apotheke, however, presents itself as a cocktail bar - and the one thing every highly regarded cocktail bar in NYC shares in common is a democratic door policy. So right off the bat i was skeptical about how things were going. We eventually gained entrance by flashing the owners personal business card. As i expected, the inside was pretty much empty. One table was filled, and about 10 people at the bar. I was excited to see the new cocktail list which was supposed to be in excess of 150. Nope. Tried to order some stuff off the menu, and got some vodka, random fruit juice and weird bitters, which is pretty much the formula that most of the bartenders like to follow unfortunately. It could be a great spot to swing by for one drink, but it is definitely not a place to plan a whole night around (which you would have to do, based on the location, reservationist and long line) Oh, and if you go, make sure not to wear nice shoes, as undoubtedly a drunken fratboy idiot from the UES will spill his drink on them.

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I have to say after they made me wait for almost 45 minutes...the drinks were good...

BUT THE SATURDAY NIGHT CROWD is HORRIBLE!!!
They had a great dj..great drinks...and LAME PEOPLE. Boring, Lackluster and really pushy and quite rude.

Seriously...they made the beautiful and cool wait in the cold...and the doormen are just patronizing idiots...
i stepped out for a cigarette and they wouldnt let me back in.

If you want to go to a bar on a saturday night full of ugly..with great drinks to get you through..this is your place...sorry...
great location, great everything....except for the people part....horrible service....horrible doormen...horrible patrons...i can take 2 out of 3....but the whole thing? no way...i felt i was cheapened being in its presence...

there, i said it.

I am only writing this bad review because this place could have potential...really.
However, as long as you want to be around loud women who think they are the realization of satc (gag), and a bunch of douchbag men, then this place fails...fails hard. I suggest: i new door policy: let the nice people in; let the beautiful people in; let the cool in...keep the trash out.

but thats what this place seems to like. How unfortunate.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have to say after they made me wait for almost 45 minutes...the drinks were good...

BUT THE SATURDAY NIGHT CROWD is HORRIBLE!!!
They had a great dj..great drinks...and LAME PEOPLE. Boring, Lackluster and really pushy and quite rude.

Seriously...they made the beautiful and cool wait in the cold...and the doormen are just patronizing idiots...
i stepped out for a cigarette and they wouldnt let me back in.

If you want to go to a bar on a saturday night full of ugly..with great drinks to get you through..this is your place...sorry...
great location, great everything....except for the people part....horrible service....horrible doormen...horrible patrons...i can take 2 out of 3....but the whole thing? no way...i felt i was cheapened being in its presence...

there, i said it.

I am only writing this bad review because this place could have potential...really.
However, as long as you want to be around loud women who think they are the realization of satc (gag), and a bunch of douchbag men, then this place fails...fails hard. I suggest: i new door policy: let the nice people in; let the beautiful people in; let the cool in...keep the trash out.

but thats what this place seems to like. How unfortunate.

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I tried REALLY hard to like this place. It is a truly beautiful place located on a very interesting block. Other then that, it's a pretentious spot with a severe identity crisis. What are you Apotheke? A serious cocktail bar or a transplanted Meatpacking District lounge? Write-ups by NyMag will lead you to believe it's a cocktail bar with a menu consisting of over 150 unique cocktails. I have yet to see this completed menu. The times I have been there, they had a menu of about 10 dull, uninspired cocktails based loosely off of classics. The bartenders are adequate, but don't expect anything up to Milk and Honey or Death and Company standards (even though they are charging $15 bucks per cocktail) When I ask for a Manhattan, it is alarming when the bartender asks if I want muddled raspberries in it (blech) Apotheke is essentially a gimmick, stocking a bunch of "homemade elixers" that the bartenders have no idea how to use. If you're lucky they might throw some saffron bitters into your Sazerac, or muddle a green pepper in something, but that's about it. Thursday - Saturday they totally cater to the upper east side/murray hill vodka tonic crowd. If you like Tin Lizzie on the UES or Bar XII in Murray Hill, but want to pay alot more for your vodka, and enjoy getting dolled up in your finest banana republic button down, this might be up your alley. It's bearable during the week, except for the terrible British bouncer "James" (or Tony Sinclair from the Tanqueray commercials, as my friends like to refer to him.) The bartender Jack is very pleasant and seems to be the only guy in there who knows what he is doing. If your lucky, you'll get to see the owner, Albert (the self proclaimed bar chef), do his little flaming absinthe show to the tune of Blue Monday. Cool at first, but gets corny after the 5th time - when you realize "za bar chef" thinks this is entertaining. Many better options close by. Better crowd and drinks @ White Star

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★★☆☆☆

I tried REALLY hard to like this place. It is a truly beautiful place located on a very interesting block. Other then that, it's a pretentious spot with a severe identity crisis. What are you Apotheke? A serious cocktail bar or a transplanted Meatpacking District lounge? Write-ups by NyMag will lead you to believe it's a cocktail bar with a menu consisting of over 150 unique cocktails. I have yet to see this completed menu. The times I have been there, they had a menu of about 10 dull, uninspired cocktails based loosely off of classics. The bartenders are adequate, but don't expect anything up to Milk and Honey or Death and Company standards (even though they are charging $15 bucks per cocktail) When I ask for a Manhattan, it is alarming when the bartender asks if I want muddled raspberries in it (blech) Apotheke is essentially a gimmick, stocking a bunch of "homemade elixers" that the bartenders have no idea how to use. If you're lucky they might throw some saffron bitters into your Sazerac, or muddle a green pepper in something, but that's about it. Thursday - Saturday they totally cater to the upper east side/murray hill vodka tonic crowd. If you like Tin Lizzie on the UES or Bar XII in Murray Hill, but want to pay alot more for your vodka, and enjoy getting dolled up in your finest banana republic button down, this might be up your alley. It's bearable during the week, except for the terrible British bouncer "James" (or Tony Sinclair from the Tanqueray commercials, as my friends like to refer to him.) The bartender Jack is very pleasant and seems to be the only guy in there who knows what he is doing. If your lucky, you'll get to see the owner, Albert (the self proclaimed bar chef), do his little flaming absinthe show to the tune of Blue Monday. Cool at first, but gets corny after the 5th time - when you realize "za bar chef" thinks this is entertaining. Many better options close by. Better crowd and drinks @ White Star

Pros: Decor

Cons: Drinks, Crowd, Bartenders, Value, Bouncer (James)

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I?ve got just one thing to say?

That Saturday Doorman ? Mr. Aubrey ?
I?m at a loss for words.

Of course I was excepting the out of this world cocktails
That make my mouth Salivate with Sensation (that?s nice?)

I mean, that?s why everyone goes to Apotheke

But the doorman ? Tall, Tan and Terrific

He can guard the door to this girl?s bedroom anytime
And I mean ANYTIME?

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★★★★★

I?ve got just one thing to say?

That Saturday Doorman ? Mr. Aubrey ?
I?m at a loss for words.

Of course I was excepting the out of this world cocktails
That make my mouth Salivate with Sensation (that?s nice?)

I mean, that?s why everyone goes to Apotheke

But the doorman ? Tall, Tan and Terrific

He can guard the door to this girl?s bedroom anytime
And I mean ANYTIME?

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i recommend going on friday or saturday night, when the doorman who always seems to be wearing a different hat is working. the british guy who works door during the week (james?) really is horrible - he lends a faux sense of pretension to the place, when i get the impression that's exactly what they're looking to avoid. the weekend doorman tends to be much more egalitarian (so long as you don't look like you rolled down from murray thrill or march up to the door with a gaggle of guys). i really love this place - once you're inside the crowd/music/asthetics are amazing...and the flaming absinthe show is truly a work of art.

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★★★★☆

i recommend going on friday or saturday night, when the doorman who always seems to be wearing a different hat is working. the british guy who works door during the week (james?) really is horrible - he lends a faux sense of pretension to the place, when i get the impression that's exactly what they're looking to avoid. the weekend doorman tends to be much more egalitarian (so long as you don't look like you rolled down from murray thrill or march up to the door with a gaggle of guys). i really love this place - once you're inside the crowd/music/asthetics are amazing...and the flaming absinthe show is truly a work of art.

Pros: Atmosphere, Music

Cons: Expensive

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yes! i totally agree with thelondonmule about the idot at the door. after having a cig first before heading in and watching a couple of people walk right in. the idot stops me & my friend at the door ,doesn't say anything at first ,then i'm like you want to see i.d? he just smirks and says do you have a reservation? really a reservation on a wednesday nite and i did get a chance to see inside, it was not busy. i wouldn't have been that upset if i didn't see other people going in without tight a$$ stopping them. and really reservation for the 6 tables they have? I'M TOTALLY BANNING THIS PLACE AND TELLING EVERYONE I KNOW!!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

yes! i totally agree with thelondonmule about the idot at the door. after having a cig first before heading in and watching a couple of people walk right in. the idot stops me & my friend at the door ,doesn't say anything at first ,then i'm like you want to see i.d? he just smirks and says do you have a reservation? really a reservation on a wednesday nite and i did get a chance to see inside, it was not busy. i wouldn't have been that upset if i didn't see other people going in without tight a$$ stopping them. and really reservation for the 6 tables they have? I'M TOTALLY BANNING THIS PLACE AND TELLING EVERYONE I KNOW!!!!!!!!

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Ugh where to begin. First, the annoying door policy makes no sense. Clearly they are trying to drum up mystique by not letting in paying customers. Uh, actually why not try to have a decent bar. Second, the drinks. Terrible. Tons of sugar. The "Hemingway" themed drink would have made Big Papa angry and violent. Last, the BS from the wait staff. First, there is no absinthe available, then we notice people ordering it just down the bar. Second, the credit card machine doesn't seem to be working for my party, then it suddenly is working for another party right next to us. Why are we getting BS'ed? Never go here, I'll never go again. Cheesy crowd, lame drinks, overall waste of time/money.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ugh where to begin. First, the annoying door policy makes no sense. Clearly they are trying to drum up mystique by not letting in paying customers. Uh, actually why not try to have a decent bar. Second, the drinks. Terrible. Tons of sugar. The "Hemingway" themed drink would have made Big Papa angry and violent. Last, the BS from the wait staff. First, there is no absinthe available, then we notice people ordering it just down the bar. Second, the credit card machine doesn't seem to be working for my party, then it suddenly is working for another party right next to us. Why are we getting BS'ed? Never go here, I'll never go again. Cheesy crowd, lame drinks, overall waste of time/money.

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Milk & Honey, it is not (though its tries to be as secret or exclusive)! Starting with the pompous brit at the door who thinks he's working the door at a place like Bungalow 8 in the 90's. First timers walk up and ask "is the Apotheke?" he says "No", but when patrons ask what the name of the bar he's standing in front of is, the idiot is not smart enough to say another name but rather "this some place else". Umm ok!

The bartenders do seem a bit wet behind the ears. Some of their soft opening menu cocktails do taste good, although I think perhaps they need to hang out at Little Branch for a few nights and take some notes! All in all, I'd say go during the week when the pompous loser with his little tie isn't working the door. Cool space inside, if you can just get past the door!

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★★☆☆☆

Milk & Honey, it is not (though its tries to be as secret or exclusive)! Starting with the pompous brit at the door who thinks he's working the door at a place like Bungalow 8 in the 90's. First timers walk up and ask "is the Apotheke?" he says "No", but when patrons ask what the name of the bar he's standing in front of is, the idiot is not smart enough to say another name but rather "this some place else". Umm ok!

The bartenders do seem a bit wet behind the ears. Some of their soft opening menu cocktails do taste good, although I think perhaps they need to hang out at Little Branch for a few nights and take some notes! All in all, I'd say go during the week when the pompous loser with his little tie isn't working the door. Cool space inside, if you can just get past the door!

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Apotheke, although it is yet another "gimmicky" hard to find "hidden Cocktail den", the interior is rather pleasant and well- done. Unfortunately that is the only thing that is well done. The "cocktails", if you could call them that, are terrible. Everything tastes like perfume. They use all these infusions, which is a good thing if you actually know how to make and mix infusions. They do not. Their "mixologists" seem like they have never been behind a bar in their life and get confused by simple requests like a "gin and tonic" I would expect that if they are charging $15 for a cocktail they would at least give me a perfect one, but this is not the case. It is rather disappointing because it could have been a basic absinthe bar, but the absinthe they serve is "home made" and tastes like cedar. The taste is so bad all it makes you want to do is drink a beer to get rid of it.
My suggestion is that if you go there, make sure you have a table and just order champagne.

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★★☆☆☆

Apotheke, although it is yet another "gimmicky" hard to find "hidden Cocktail den", the interior is rather pleasant and well- done. Unfortunately that is the only thing that is well done. The "cocktails", if you could call them that, are terrible. Everything tastes like perfume. They use all these infusions, which is a good thing if you actually know how to make and mix infusions. They do not. Their "mixologists" seem like they have never been behind a bar in their life and get confused by simple requests like a "gin and tonic" I would expect that if they are charging $15 for a cocktail they would at least give me a perfect one, but this is not the case. It is rather disappointing because it could have been a basic absinthe bar, but the absinthe they serve is "home made" and tastes like cedar. The taste is so bad all it makes you want to do is drink a beer to get rid of it.
My suggestion is that if you go there, make sure you have a table and just order champagne.

Pros: Pretty Space

Cons: Terrible Cocktails

 

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