We scour the bar scene to bring you the new and noteworthy. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Melinda Murphy checks out THE APOTHECARY to see what they have to offer.
First impressions: Located on the third floor of Oxwell & Co, this adorable spot is decorated like an antique pharmacy, perfect for cosy conversation and fantastic cocktails.
The Chosen One: My favourite was the Tortured Tommy’s Elixir (Milagro Blanco tequila, sauvignon blanc, grapefruit juice, citrus and agave nectar; $22). If you order one, peek behind the bar as it’s being made. The bartender infuses it with CO2 using a very cool gadget – it’s really fun to watch and even more fun to drink.
The Cheapskate: This is the kind of place to go when you want to splurge for a special night out. Trying to save a little? Then grab a beer ($14) or have a spirit either straight up or with a mixer (from $16).
Bite on this: The nosh here is basic, and includes house pickles ($8), spiced nuts ($8) and chicken wings ($16). The pork scratchings ($7) come with a secret spice sprinkled on top, making them all the more irresistible (and the loudest food I’ve eaten in years!).
Last but not least: The Apothecary’s drinks are really special, each with a clever name such as Croak & Wheeze Relief (Glenfiddich 12-year-old whisky, honey sage syrup, citrus, orange bitters, cigar smoke; $24) and Sailor Painkiller (Sailor Jerry rum, orange, pineapple, cream of coconut, palm sugar, nutmeg; $22), and served in a unique way – think antique glass apothecary jars or miniature bottles. The Pearly White Polish (Balvenie 12-year-old whisky, elderflower, citrus, grapefruit soda; $24) even has a side of raspberry toothpaste to suck while you drink! Gimmicky? You bet! But the end result is a really fun evening with drinks that go down way too easily.
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