This is not a hotel bar. We repeat, this is not a hotel bar. According to Eater, there is a vague and long off plan to rent out the rooms above the bar, but at present, the name is strictly for effect.
- Getting in: Although Hotel Delmano is nondescript from the street with no signage, once inside, one finds oneself in a quaint, mysterious and enchanting room. The front door is barred by a chain as the main entrance is blocked by a bouncer on the side. Don’t be alarmed if they ask you to wait outside.
- Vibe/layout: The elegantly curved marble bar serves as the centerpiece for this picture-perfect two-room hideaway, adorned with opulent chandeliers, smoky vintage mirrors and black-and-white portraits of old, important-looking people. The bartenders sport suspenders and frequently climb up the wooden ladder behind the bar to fetch bottles on the high up shelves. The cushy banquettes and secluded nooks make this saloon the perfect place for a date night or for catching up with a friend or small group.
- Drinks: Delicious, beautifully made cocktails for well under $15? We’re in. The Gentle Julep is our favorite (rye, maple, mint, lemon, angostura bitters) ($11). The Pink Cloud (gin, lemon, house-made cranberry shrub, egg white, shaken and served up) ($12) serves as a seasonal runner-up.
- F.Y.I.: Alyssa Abeta and Zeb Stewart, the Union Pool owners, and Jeff Hansen, the cocktail man, form the team behind this speakeasy.
- Address: Williamsburg, 82 Berry St (N 9th & Berry)
- Prices: $12-$14
Apothéke is the healer of all your ailments. Think mad scientist meets mixologists meets opium dispensary, full of fancy laboratory gear to emphasize the medicinal qualities of nine types of cocktails: Health & Beauty, Stress Relievers (incorporating lavender, sage, etc), Pain Killers (tequila and spices), Stimulants, Aphrodisiacs (champagnes and cognacs), Pharmaceuticals, Euphoric Enhancers, Therapeutic Treatments and House Remedies.
- Getting in: The spot is marked by a “Gold Flower Restaurant” sign and a dapper doorman.
- Vibe/Layout: This small and dimly lit speakeasy looks like a chemistry project and has a decadent and stylish feel, with comfy velvet sofas and chairs lining the bare brick walls. The mixologists, dressed in white lab coats, stand behind the large marble bar mixing labeled and unlabeled glass jars, filled with elixirs and herbs, constructing the perfect “prescription” for any ailment.
- Tunes: Cool and relaxed music; there is a weekly line-up of live jazz performances on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays. “Prohibition Wednesdays” feature a house jazz band and require a password for entrance (follow @apothekenyc on Twitter for the month’s equivalent to “open sesame”)
- Drinks: Dr. Ruth ($15-$18, California strawberries, vodka, rosemary, agave nectar, lime, champagne) or Fields of Heather ($15-$18, Heather Tips, Vodka, White Peach, Raspberries, Lavender, Limoncello, Lime)
- F.Y.I.: All of the ingredients are made in-house daily using local and organic produce and herbs from their rooftop garden.
- Straunt tip: Grab dinner at Nom Wah Tea Parlor and then head over to Apotheke to grab a relaxed drink. Save at Nom Wah and splurge here!
- Address: Chinatown, 9 Doyers Street
- Prices: $14-$20