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“Expensive drinks, but well worth a visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Apotheke

Apotheke
9 Doyers St, New York City, NY (Chinatown)
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Ranked #1,175 of 11,599 restaurants in New York City
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Chorleywood, United Kingdom
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“Expensive drinks, but well worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

A few friends recommended that we try this place and we weren't disappointed - the drinks were pretty pricy, but it was well worth it to see the 'pharmacists' mixing the tinctures into our drinks
Very strange place, but quite an experience!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Paltz, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“It doesn't get more pretentious than this”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My girlfriend visited this bizarre place recently and wanted to share the experience with me. So, first off my girlfriend and i never made it inside. Obnoxious untrained bouncer/greeter would only speak to us through a tiny hole in the front door. Said the place was a "speakeasy" and we could not gain entrance without the "secret password." Patrons exiting the bar were let out but no help when we asked for the "password." Of course the cadre of dressed-to-the nines model types were let in no questions asked.
So what followed was a back-and forth with this guy to no avail (we are in the hospitality business and were shocked and appalled). A cell phone call from the sketchy sidewalk to the manager inside was equally fruitless. "No password, no entrance."
It is places like this that take all the fun out of "exclusive" and replace it unapologetically with the uppity, nose-in-the air NYC attitude (some places, anyway). The happiest part of the whole ridiculous experience was being spared $18 apiece on their "cocktails."
I suppose some people are quite turned on by the "exclusiveness" of joints like this- but as a proud member of the restaurant and hospitality business, I still wonder about the appeal of a place that essentially tells you to "go away" on a slow night.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New York City
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“BOUNCERS ARE BULLIES!!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

You have to really test my nerves for me to give an establishment a one star rating but this one is well deserving. Not only do i live in this neighborhood but when Apotheke first opened i frequented it often. In fact i have sent so many people there since they first opened. The drinks are WAY over priced but they do have a great drink menu with very eclectic infusions. When it first opened it was a cozy little nook to go to with friends and the space has some cool history to it as well. But as their popularity has grown so has their egos. First and foremost they have now resorted to picking who they think is cool enough to be in their establishment and they will turn you away especially if you are male without the presence of a good looking woman.

They have also hired a few goons to work the door that are incredibly rude and obnoxious. A few weeks ago i approached the door at around midnight with a male friend of mine and was asked by the bouncer why i had arrived so late and where was i coming from? Just to clarify he was not saying this in a chatty friendly kind of way he was interrogating me. Of course he was chatting with some cute girl outside when i approached so it was his moment to shine i guess. I said to him "Well you are open to roughly 2am correct and i don't see why where i came from is of any concern to you. " He then replied, "Take a walk!" I then asked him to speak with a manager and he refused to get him. He then this time screamed at me to take a walk. I did nothing to provoke this doorman i was sober and of age to enter this establishment. Having good security is incredibly important at any bar or nightclub but having hot headed, power hungry security can be very dangerous. Now i have been there on other nights when there was a gentleman working the door but this was when they first opened. All i can say is don't waste your time going here. Who needs to pay $20 for a drink and then be treated poorly. Apotheke's time came and went as far as i'm concerned and i hope management reads these reviews.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Syracuse, New York
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“Cocktail experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Those who appreciate truly hand crafted cocktails and a truly farm to bar cocktail program will enjoy Apotheke. The drinks are authentic and innovative - the staff were exceptionally friendly to me and my gal - and the service was old school refined. Yes it can be difficult to get into and I assume for a variety of reasons. I'm sure they don't want to populate their establishment with idiots - I'm sure they don't want it to be TOO busy because it hinders service and quality. If you anticipate a problem I would suggest going early with one or two decent people - ie - people you would leave alone in your own home. I was impressed by this bars ability to create an energetic and FUN atmosphere while at the same time maintaining their cocktail culture integrity. The music was blaring - it was more crowded than they wanted it - people were dancing and having fun - and it was Monday night - a great time. There are many refined quiet cocktail bars to go to if you want a different atmosphere - try Death & Company or Raines Law Room.

Well done Apotheke.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montclair, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Great Drinks at Unbelievably High Prices!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Apotheke has a great setting and delicious drinks. It is tucked away on a quaint street in China Town and the inside is reminiscent of Paris in 1890. Despite its swanky feel, Apotheke offers poor service, at best, and drink prices are incredibly high. If you are okay with spending $15-$18 on a small cocktail, this is the place for you.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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