German for drugstore, Apothéke is another speakeasyish bar. The twist is that they serve absinthe and have a mixologist throw it through liquid fire from flasks (not cheap). Cocktails sans fire are around $14. List of over 250 specialty cocktails will be divided into categories such as Health and Beauty (containing cucumber, rose water, floral notes), Stress Relief (lavender and sage), Pain Killers (cayenne, habanero), Stimulants (espresso, Red Bull), Aphrodisiacs (Champagne, cognac), and Pharmaceuticals (herbal elixers). The cooler aspect of this place it that it used to be an opium den and is its location: in the heart of china town, at a 90º angle Doyers St. This street was referred to in tabloids as the “bloody angle” because the Tong wars of the Chinese gangs took place there in the early 20th century. The weekends still get mobbed (minus any of the excitement of glamorized violence) Weekdays are ok. True 20ts esthetic lovers will like this place, but they will really LOVE the 1920’s the Dim Sum tea parlor next door.
Cocktail: Opium Uplifter – made from South American herbs and botanicals soaked in a Guatemalan rum essence, and is finished with house bitters.
9 Doyers St., nr. Bowery, 10013 212-406-0400