9 Doyers Street, NYC
Next door from Pulqueria, cocktail lounge Apotheke has a street-level entrance, but a chronically closed appearance from the outside. Inside, stoic young bartenders (ahem, mixologists) in lab coats take their jobs very seriously as they pour, shake, and style fancy drinks from a pharmaceutical themed menu. Each mixologist appears to only be responsible for executing a subset of the cocktail list, while middlemen in vests and handlebar moustaches harmonize orders between them and also help liaise with customers.
I was in the mood for tart and spicy, so there were several suitable choices that I tried: Root of the Earth, Jasmine Sour (my favorite, when made without the egg whites), Chinatown Julep, and Blueberry Mauritius. The boys behind the bar were more than accommodating about omitting ingredients if it suited my taste. Although I don’t normally order heavily fruit-based cocktails I was ready to try several of their specialty drinks and was very pleased with the combinations.