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Bars, Lounges Chinatown & Little Italy
4 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
 (Matthias Gaggl)
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This unmarked boîte is the sort of contrived hideout that might be cooked up by an overgrown kid with a chemistry set. The bar is littered with old vials, the cocktails are referred to as “prescriptions,” and the bartenders-cum-mad-scientists are in rare form—note the cinnamon-flambéed Himalayan salt that rims a margarita. Does all this hocus-pocus translate to better drinks? Well, the Tainted Love (a sweet stress reliever made of beet juice and gin) as well as the Sitting Buddha (a vodka and lemongrass elixir made with fresh pineapple, pressed ginger root, lime juice and agave) certainly cured our sobriety. 


Venue name: Apothéke
Address: 9 Doyers St
New York
Cross street: at Pell St
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 6pm–2am
Transport: Subway: J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St
Price: Average drink: $15. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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An awesome under the radar bar. It's hidden in Chinatown. The cocktail list is extensive and complicated. The cocktails are broken down into categories, like Aphrodisiacs. I suggest the Lucid Dreams! The cocktails are very expensive, but worth trying once! I came here on a Tuesday night to listen to the High and Mighty Brass band. It was super crowded, but I still had a good time.


When I first heard about this place, I thought it was going to be so hard to find. Luckily everyone seems to know about it so there's definitely a line (or rather people clustering in the literal alley) nearby. The vibe in there is so fun, I love the menu the whole apothecary vibe is amazing and funny - the cocktail list is WILD, so many options. Very tiny bathroom I will say and its very hard to get to and very expensive drinks. A round for 4 will set you back a cool $80 easily without tip.


The only reason this has 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the impossible to get to location (chinatown is very inconvenient) and the fact that like most 'trendy' bars in the city the drinks cost $18 a pop. The decor is super chill, very cozy, and the velvet curtain at the front almost makes you think you're about to enter a brothel. I drank my beverage so quickly, which I always see as a plus, because it was delicious and I couldn't dedicate a hint of alcohol (believe me there was).

I would love to rent out the entire space for a party or another swanky occasion - great place to take out of towners. 


The Apotheke/Pulqueria Doyers street duo is one of my favorite secrets to impress out-of-towners with. Apotheke feels very chic - the vibe is awesome, but you will shell out for drinks. The chemist-themed bartenders are very cute and the drinks are definitely good. 

Very disappointed. Apotheke was one of my favorite cocktail, until I discovered they used Evan Williams Green Bourbon in my last old fashioned. With the price we are paying, I think we could have at least a better bourbon...


I'm not one to fall for the hype of Speakeasies - sure, cool idea, but only because you hide your door, it doesn't mean I'm going to com rushing to try and beg for entrance to pay $20 plus per cocktail. HOWEVER - I must say that Apotheke does it right.

As you could guess by the name, their theme is all about the Apothecary - the bartenders are dressed up in lab coats and each drink falls within a "remedy" category. I can honestly say every single drink here is absolutely delicious, and even thought they will set you back 20 bucks, they are well worth it. Have 3 and you might not remember the end of the night.

Besides that, the vibe is super cool, the spcae is cozy, and the music is bomb - a mix of disco electronic most of the time. They also have live jazz on certain nights and throw tons of special events. Coolest bar in chinatown for sure. Check it out!