photo credit: Art Gray
The first Apotheke opened in Chinatown in 2008, and that original location is part of the reason why there are speakeasies in every New York City zip code. Now, there’s an Apotheke in LA, in addition to this one in Nomad where you enter through an unmarked door on 26th street. The subterranean interior is lit mostly by candlelight, and there are several huge booths along with a central seating area that consists of what is essentially a large, partitioned ottoman surrounded by wobbly stools. Unstable stools aside, this is a fun place to drink, especially if you’re looking for something low-key but fancy. The cocktails are elaborate and apothecary-themed, and the soundtrack is pleasantly jazzy.