For those looking to add a little something to their night out on Soi 11 there’s yet another new bar on the block: Apoteka. As you may have guessed, the name is based on an outdated word for pharmacist and the place is meant to emulate a 19th century apothecary. We waltzed in to start off a night of rowdy partying and to see if their mission, found on their facebook page, of providing ‘a utopian antidote to Bangkok life’ held truth.
Walking in the bar had an old-school feel. There were high ceilings, red brick walls, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde being projected onto the wall. Indoor seating was a mix of tall tables with studded chairs, and long tables for larger groups along the main wall. Large cases filled with vintage colored bottles of medicine flank the bar. The outdoor seating is mellow – a wooden patio with some cozy furniture that could be a nice place to curl up on a date or meet some friends for a smoke and a beer.
Drink selection includes a nice selection of beer, the Framboise Ale at B250 was delightful, and there’s always the classic Heineken for just B135. All their custom cocktails will run you B230. Our favourite was ‘The Doctor,’ featuring Grand Marnier, strawberries, mint and black pepper. How could we not swoon for a cocktail with some spice?
As for snacks, they’re a small selection of simple munchies ranging from B200-450. You could grab some deep fried squid, fish and chips, or a chicken burger and fries. They’re planning on adding to the snack selection, but decided to start with the basic greasy spoon comfort options.
We were lucky and got a sneak peak at the whisky and cigar lounge, a room hidden off to the side of the staircase. With muted green brocade on the walls, low leather couches, and Johnnie Walker in glass cases, the space will be available for private parties or just chill sessions.
At the moment Apoteka is in its soft opening stage, they’ve yet to have an official premiere as they’re waiting to finish up the last bits of the remodel and design. We’re waiting as well because with the care and attention this place has been getting their launch is sure to be amazing.