DESIGNED to resemble a 19th century apothecary shop (think exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and a bar flanked by vintage bottles), this popular bar on Sukhumvit Soi 11 is renowned for the potency of its boozy concoctions – premium ‘remedies’ with names such as Vaccination, Doctor Cosmo, The Leech, and Cocaine Martini (a legal mix of vodka, Baileys, Kahlua, and Amaretto – just in case you were wondering). Nightly live music and an outdoor terrace are other big draws, and the food – well, if you need a fix of superior bar fodder, Apoteka is just what the doctor ordered.
Chef Cheep prides himself on using only the finest ingredients available, and this philosophy shines through in new dishes such as the Apoteka Salad (B220++), which is loaded with chopped mango, apple and cold roast chicken atop a herbal salad mix, all dressed with a slightly spicy cocktail sauce; and Black truffle cream soup with white flower tortilla (B180++) – earthy, creamy and simply delicious.
Other highlights include the Deep fried pork chop (served schnitzel-style, although the meat here is wonderfully soft) with homemade barbecue sauce and sauteed spinach (B350++); crispy Prawn spring rolls (B180++); and the bar's signature Nachos, which come generously topped with shredded beef or chicken, melted cheddar, chopped avocado and salsa, and which are just perfect for sharing (B250++).
Visit Apoteka on a Sunday from 3pm-6pm and you can tuck into a superb All-you-can-eat Barbecue Buffet. A bargain at just B900 per person with free-flow Heineken and Sangria, or B600 per person with free-flow soft drinks. Another great deal is the daily Happy Hours promotion (5.30pm-8.30pm), which offers local beers and house spirits at only B99.
Even if you miss the happy hours you can still expect to find great value here. Cocktails start at B230, wines at B220 (B940 per bottle); and beers at just B160. Imported craft beers from BrewDog (Scotland), meanwhile, are available for a very reasonable B260.
Two bands perform every day (6.30pm-9pm; and 9.30pm-close), and this includes popular acts such as Keith Nolan, Big Rick, Earth Collide, and the Soi Dog Blues Band. A full schedule is available on the bar’s website.
Apoteka Bar, Sukhumvit Soi 11. Open Sun-Thurs 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat 6pm-2am.
Tel: 091 798 1538 www.apotekabkk.com