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Apotheke, New York

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The alchemy of shaking, stirring and mixing a good cocktail isn't as simple as the simple syrup often used in them. Pedestrian vodka sodas aside. Indeed, the craftsmanship of the cocktail, and the establishments where one can enjoy them, is reaching dizzying new, sophisticated heights. Apotheke in New York City is a stellar example.


Inspired by Europe's classic champagne bars, opera houses and the absinthe dens of Belle Epoque Paris, Apotheke is a cocktail experience that flirts fetchingly with all the senses. Every detail has been meticulously chosen to create a historic feel synchronized with its concept, and alluded to in its name – the apothecary.

The lounge is anchored visually by the soft glow of 30 foot marble bar framed by a hand-carved back bar stocked with imported old apothecary bottles and beekers reminiscent of a chemical laboratory. Some hold infusions and absinthe-marinated botanicals while others are filled with mysterious dark liquids, unopened for centuries. Light fixtures subtly accent the dark bar as do comfortable couches and seating befitting of the old-world ambience.

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At Apotheke the design and presentation of the cocktail is transcended to an artform by the renowned master of the culinary cocktail, Albert Trummer. Last seen tending bar in Culver City, California's culinary jewel, Fraiche, Trummer's recognized multidisciplinary mastery of the art mixes the wizadry of pyrotechnics with the earthy wisdom of an herbalist and the show stopping spectacle of an entertainer.

The self-proclaimed “apotheker” offers a staggering 250 house cocktails, over 500 bottles of different liquors and several other infusions and elixirs. The cocktail list is divided into nine separate categories, including Stress Relievers, Aphrodisiacs and Euphoric Enhancers. Signature drinks include the Opium Uplifter, Five Points and House Absinthe – made by Trummer himself – all served in unique Austrian crystal glassware.

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If Trummer's bar is his stage, and the cocktails his characters, then Apotheke is a theater and New York City's historic Chinatown its theater district. The drama plays out in a former opium den and Chinese opera house located on an elbow-shaped street once known as the Bloody Angle because of Chinese gang wars at the turn of the 20th century.

With Apotheke Trummer and brother and sister co-owning team Heather and Christopher Tierney have successfully elevated the bar of the bar business a notch or three. Apotheke celebrates the cocktail with distinction, harkening back to its pharmaceutical past while alluding to its culinary future.


Images courtesy of Ben Duggan and Noah Kalina.

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    May 4, 2013

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  • Davidoff Cigar

    December 15, 2010

    I am very happy you said this post???

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  • Jackie Moon

    February 4, 2010

    im so happy i finally found the name of this place. i ended up in here one night around 3am and it was awesome. great looking crowd. great drinks.. i never was able to go back cause i had no clue where it was or what it was called.. but now I know… see ya soon…

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  • Elizabeth Sleigh

    October 1, 2008

    Well, thank you, it is most gracious of you to respond in such a positive and courteous manner. Any constructive help I may have provided is entirely my pleasure. And, if you ever consider visiting ‘the fairest Cape in all the world’, don’t hesitate to contact me live online (at the above URL) for any information you may require.
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    Elizabeth Playford Sleigh
    Info-Live!1 Webmaster
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  • AER

    September 21, 2008

    Duly noted, corrected and appreciated, Miss Sleigh.

  • Elizabeth Sleigh

    September 21, 2008

    Hello AER, I must say the Apotheke in New York City looks absolutely amazing! And although one does not like to criticize in any way, unnecessarily, I thought I would point out two ‘grammatical’ errors in your article, so that you may correct them.
    1. 2nd paragraph, i.e.,

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