Apothèke

Apothèke

Cocktail Bar and Speakeasy$$$$
Chinatown, New York
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    Becca B.
    "live jazz from BK and try the Sitting Buddha"(12 Tips)
    Irena C.
    "If you are in the mood for a great tasting drink try a Dr. Ruth."(10 Tips)
    Meg F.
    "Delicious cocktails and great live jazz music on Monday nights."(17 Tips)
    What's Up New York
    "The aphrodisiac drinks are amazing!"(10 Tips)
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  • Minji S.heart icon on user image
    Minji SonAugust 20, 2015
    Love this place!! Located so randomly in Chinatown but they have killer cocktails and live jazz sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays(with live burlesque), and Sundays. Go early or make rsvp-
  • Caila Q.heart icon on user image
    Caila QuinnApril 1, 2017
    Loved the underground apothecary vibes centered around a mesmerizing beaker chandelier✨ If you like tequila get the Paid Vacation w/ habaneros sure to kick start your night 😉 Fav place in China Town!
  • Wdychen N.heart icon on user image
    Wdychen NYCNovember 24, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Love coming here on Monday nights for live jazz with Chinatown Allstars. Their cover of "After You've Gone," (song from 1918) is amazing and true to the moment. You are being transported back in time!
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksNovember 26, 2014
    Head down a windy, tucked-away Chinatown street to find amazing cocktails and live jazz at this vintage-inspired spot. Call ahead for the secret password to get in. Read more
  • Ira B.heart icon on user image
    Ira BMarch 5, 2015
    I've got a new favorite speakeasy and you'll need a password to get in. Some of the best cocktails I've ever had and some amazing performances by the dancers and live band. Gotta do it.
  • Daria T.heart icon on user image
    Daria TryashinaNovember 3, 2015
    the best bar i have been to in NYC so far! amazing live music Mondays. great cocktails and the vibe is amazing. bartenders may be quite slow though, but ut us worth the wait.
  • Gaia B.heart icon on user image
    Gaia BennettJune 16, 2015
    Housed in a former opium den in an unsuspecting corner of Chinatown, finding this place can be a bit intimidating. But trust me, it's totally worth it. The elixirs are spectacularly creative.
  • Shahheart icon on user image
    ShahOctober 16, 2016
    This place is incredible. Lucid Dream, Sitting Buddha, Tainted Love, Dr. Ruth; you'll be hard pressed to find better cocktails within a few miles radius. Highly recommended.
  • letajanelleheart icon on user image
    letajanelleJune 7, 2016
    Turn down some seedy Chinatown streets to arrive at this hole in the wall. If there's a band playing consider yourself fortunate to be in a luxurious hidden bar in the greatest city in the world. 🎶
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 7, 2016
    For when you just can't have another cranberry vodka. Let the expert mixologists at Apothéke Academy teach you a few of the classics, like the Sazerac, French 75 and old-fashioned. Read more
  • S Marks The Spots
    S Marks The SpotsApril 29, 2013
    Coolest bar in NYC. Dim lighting, cool music, hip crowd full of energy and a long list of “prescriptions”, i.e. amazing cocktails to choose from! Try the Bees Knees and the Almond Old Fashioned. Read more
  • Ania B.heart icon on user image
    Ania BańczykAugust 6, 2015
    Everything was awsome about this place: funny guy at the entrance, life jazz, burlesque show, delicious cocktails (try "devil may care"👍🏻 ) handsome bartenders and the over all atmosphere. Love it!
  • E D.heart icon on user image
    E DwardApril 9, 2016
    Beautiful drinks. Yes. Beautiful. In every way. Space gets kinda club-y at night. Go on the early side to enjoy your cocktails in peace, stay for the party once you're nice and toasty.
  • Carl F.heart icon on user image
    Carl FigueiredoJune 24, 2015
    This place is probably the best all-around 'speakeasy' style spot I've come across in NYC. Not overly pretentious, drinks are phenomenal & creative, & right around the block from great Chinese food!!
  • Date Night Is...
    Date Night Is...May 21, 2013
    Date Night Is... sinfully delicious cocktails in the midst of a see-and-be-seen crowd. Wander into the heard of Chinatown and seek out this gem by looking for the line outside. (Or just go early.)
  • Lann730heart icon on user image
    Lann730December 22, 2013
    I loved the speakeasy atmosphere. It makes you feel like you're doing something illegal! Order off of the menu and tell the bartender what you like and he'll whip something lethal up! I highly rec!
  • Aurelia K.heart icon on user image
    Aurelia KanetzkySeptember 29, 2016
    Incredible live jazz Music and vibrant Dance performance. A Must-See in NYC! Expensive but worth it!!!! From now on one of my faves..
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonMarch 11, 2017
    Cinammon Girl is a perfect drink, like a whiskey sour with a little bit of spice. Plus, according to the menu it's a stress reliever! Win-win.
  • Marco V.
    Marco VoormolenMay 13, 2015
    Excellent cocktails, cool people and great 20s ambiance. Make sure not to come underdressed. And make sure not to miss the jazz band on Monday evenings and the brassband on Tuesdays.
  • Siovonne
    SiovonneAugust 26, 2014
    I love the cocktails here. This place has a unique feel to it. It's set up like an old school pharmacy. Dark ambience, and great old school music playing. Date night as well!
  • naveen
    naveenAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    on the corner of two of my most favorite streets in new york city: pell and doyers. they're especially mysterious at night. surprise someone as you're walking through chinatown + grab drinks inside.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaMay 4, 2015
    It's not just your cocktail that you are choosing - you are also selecting your mood. The menu is broken up into several categories: Health & Beauty, Aphrodisiacs, and Stimulants to name a few. Read more
  • Foxxy B.heart icon on user image
    Foxxy BApril 24, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Live music is awesome. Not a single drink I do not like on the menu. Can take a while to get your drink as they're very intricate & the place is popular. Note the very strict "no sneakers" policy!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    It's not just your cocktail that you are choosing - you are also selecting your mood. The Menu is broken up into several categories: Health & Beauty, Aphrodisiacs, and Stress Relievers to name a few. Read more
  • Akshay P.
    Akshay PatilAugust 7, 2012
    You'd be hard pressed to find cocktails this inventive and well executed anywhere else in the city. The crowd is more miss than hit, but the drinks are consistently a home run.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceMarch 3, 2015
    The first time that I came here I felt that I overpaid for my drink. Then the bartender gave me another for free. Well played, I'd say. Great place to stop by if you're in Chinatown.
  • Russell H.heart icon on user image
    Russell HirschornDecember 26, 2015
    Killer cocktail bar. Make a res, get there early, or not get in at all. A bit hidden. $20 per drink not inclusing tax and tip, but worth it for the experience and deliciois drinks.
  • Veronicaheart icon on user image
    VeronicaMarch 9, 2017
    The vesper spritz 👌🏻very refreshing. I didn't know what I wanted so the waitress surprised me with two to try. Let me keep both and only charged for one- great service!
  • Lori L.heart icon on user image
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Excellent cocktails are served in this Chinatown speakeasy. Try the Dear Prudence for something a little lighter: Aviation Gin and Pimms liqueur, passionfruit juice, lime, and agave nectar.
  • Honghui Y.heart icon on user image
    Honghui YuOctober 9, 2016
    Hidden gem in a quiet street in Chinatown. Drinks are creatively mixed that surprise you with their deliciousness. Can get quite crowded on weekend nights though.
  • Becca B.heart icon on user image
    Becca BaeSeptember 8, 2014
    A hidden gem in Chinatown. Go on a Tuesday to enjoy some live jazz from BK and try the Sitting Buddha at least once.
  • Lucie H.heart icon on user image
    Lucie HruškováMay 3, 2016
    Amazing place, really tasty and original drinks and awesome atmosphere! You need to visit this place when staying in NYC!
  • Meg F.heart icon on user image
    Meg FarmerJuly 1, 2015
    Delicious cocktails and great live jazz music on Monday nights. Late night it gets a little rowdy, but if you have a fun date and can dance the night away, go for it.
  • Ashley C.heart icon on user image
    Ashley ChanAugust 21, 2016
    Laboratory/chemistry-themed speakeasy. A number of interesting ingredients in the cocktails such as quinoa, asparagus and zucchini. My favorite was the beet cocktail!
  • Amy W.heart icon on user image
    Amy WuJanuary 6, 2020
    Love the cocktails! Went around 8 pm and it wasn’t crowded yet. Seems to get more crowded at 8:30 or so. Bartenders wear white lab coats! So cute.
  • Stephanie Z.
    Stephanie ZhongOctober 29, 2014
    Bartenders making cocktails for you wearing a lab coat. The interior is designed to make an impression: a chemist office with a hint of vintage luxe. Drinks are creative, so quirky, and for the brave
  • Annika Y.heart icon on user image
    Annika YanAugust 23, 2015
    All the alcohol are chemical and all bartenders are in fancy lab coats. However we had a "deal closer" and got a "paid vacation". (Those are our drinks names, they are FANTASTIC)
  • İpek A.heart icon on user image
    İpek A.May 22, 2016
    Do you like cocktails? You're at the right spot! My favorites are Sparkling Vesper, Chandelle Maneuver and Devil May Care.
  • citizenM
    citizenMFebruary 27, 2013
    NYC’s first cocktail bar with a strict “Farm-to-Bar” philosophy. All their ingredients are local and organic, and some come from their own rooftop garden. Read more
  • Samantha J.heart icon on user image
    Samantha JoApril 10, 2017
    Great music, great vibe, talented mixologists, but be prepared for $18 cocktails.
  • Val
    ValApril 7, 2014
    Opens at 6:30pm and there will be a line. Grab a cozy booth and check your coat. Complimentary of course. Your taste buds are about to go for a tantalizing and pricey ride.
  • Arjumand B.heart icon on user image
    Arjumand BonhommeNovember 11, 2015
    The drinks are amazing. The brass band that plays on Tues is too. The waitress has a hall monitor attitude. We saw her tap a bill reminding a couple to pay. She took a seat from the hands of a patron.
  • Nicolette R.heart icon on user image
    Nicolette RomeroNovember 19, 2015
    Spot the Chemist sign and duck in here for a "prescription". It's a unique spot with an apothecary feel to it. If vodka soda's your drink, I recommend the Ivy Fizz.
  • Victoria N.
    Hidden gem in the middle of a creepy Chinatown alleyway. I came on a Sunday and they had a jazz band. Large menu of drinks which are very unique and interesting.
  • Tim F.
    Tim FaustiniSeptember 8, 2014
    Really great cocktails. Be sure to check online for the password. Come Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights for live jazz.
  • Charlie K.heart icon on user image
    Charlie KehlerJanuary 10, 2017
    This place has fantastic drinks, music and a killer atmosphere. Sadly if you go in the winter there is a chance it will be freezing. Mandatory coat check means you might want to wear a sweater.
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    Apothéke was voted the Best Hidden Gem Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in New York City. #daterschoice Read more
  • Mike M.heart icon on user image
    Mike McBryanFebruary 24, 2015
    Real catch 22 - The Stunt Double with bourbon and smoked peach might honestly be the best cocktail I've had in New York. It also costs $21.
  • Tribeca
    TribecaApril 7, 2014
    In honor of the Tribeca Film Festival, try the "Greenwich Mean Thyme": BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, mint, thyme, vanilla, lime & agave. It is the perfect balance of herbal, citrus and, sweet.
  • Natalie V.heart icon on user image
    Natalie VJanuary 21, 2017
    Cozy cocktail bar with a very interesting and experiential menu, albeit pretty expensive (16-20 for cocktails)
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