Eau de Vie Apothecary, Darlinghurst

It’s all about the cocktails at Eau de Vie’s new venture and let’s face it – no one’s complaining.

Brought to you by the cocktail maestros at Eau de Vie, Apothecary is their latest incarnation and is housed in the bottleneck space at the front of the site. This is a strictly ‘cocktail-only’ event – so all beer, wine, and spirit mixer orders will be bluntly denied and potentially met with a water blasting, Coyote Ugly style.

Tasting Notes
Your three-course cocktail adventure awaits at Apothecary.

The vibe: Romantic cocktail bar with a modern French twist.

Ideal for: Cocktail lovers, and an indulgent night-out with your significant other.

Bartender’s choice: Beet Drop ($23 by the glass, or $60 with the Down The Garden Path 3-course cocktail adventure)

By the way... Bookings are recommended, though not essential, and the entire venue can be hired for celebrations.

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Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

The feel of Apothecary is much the same as Eau de Vie, with dark leather, dark wood, seductive jazzy tunes, and an intimate space for an exclusive 24 drinkers. And an intriguing array of vials and beakers behind the bar, to add to the theme of the outfit, naturally.

Speaking of bar, it's time to put a cocktail in that waiting hand of yours. Or three.

It goes without saying that these cocktails, being the creations of Eau de Vie’s master mixer Philip Gandevia a.k.a Dr. Phil, are pure quality and undeniably inventive. Now, being the cocktail connoisseurs that HE knows YOU are, you'll wish to cross paths with more than one of them throughout the night. And being the refined and responsible drinker that you are (who? me?), you'll wish to do this without stumbling out of Eau de Vie regretting the fact that tomorrow is a work day.

Thank the good doctor that he's though of everything at Apothecary, bridging the gap between both of these wonderful worlds by curating a menu of themed three-course cocktail journeys. Which means, at any given time, there will be up to four flight-trios to choose from. A three course drinking adventure? It's just what the doctor ordered.

No, seriously. That's the name of one of Dr Phil's cocktail 'flights' and one that most definitely should be on your order tonight.

What The Doctor Ordered is a heady mix of pick me ups and eye openers, guaranteed to see you through the rest of the week – or at least perk you up tonight. For the sweet toothed and the novelty lovers, you can't go past the Drink Me (Alice in Wonderland re imagined, w/ cherry tart, pineapple, turkey, toffee, buttered toast and whizz fizz). Next up is the wistful Smoke & Mirrors, complete with Applejack Rye and vermouth, and a smoke that'll linger and beg for one more sip. If you're after something rich and warm for those cold wintry nights, then the third sampler will hit the spot. Called Hot Retort, it's a concoction of butter-scotched Scotch (there's a mouthful), winter spiced agave, chocolate, and citrus.

Don't feel as though you have to be limited by this flight. With four to choose from, and the option to order one of the samplers as a full glass, there's more than enough choice to suit your tastebuds' inclinations.

On warmer evenings, seek out the refreshing Down The Garden Path flight. In an unexpected twist, this is a herb and veggie garden rather than a fruit and berry one. Up your veggie count for the day with the C'est la Vie and its celery done 3-ways, boost your immune system with the carrot and ginger infused What's Up Doc?, and polish that off with a fig-infused port Beet Drop. Drawing inspiration from Quay's snow egg, it tickles the palette from sweet to savoury with its confectioner's sugar glass-rim coat, rich port body, and decadent lashing of chocolate. Let it linger on your tongue. All good things must come to an end, and this is a very good place to end, my friend.

When date night comes around (oh-la-la), there's a His & Hers waiting for you two. Designed for couples, your server will direct you to your private booth for a romantic evening with the doctor. The trio includes a champagne cocktail and a tropical rum punch, but the one that really caught our eye was the Pour Homme – Pour Femme. Two cocktails (one for him, one for her) inspired by fragrances and dripping with tea-infused gin. Alternatively, you can make this an extra special evening by requesting The Apothecary’s special ‘custom’ offering, allowing YOU to design special set menus and hiring out the space. Just you and me, right? Said someone to their cocktail.


Address: 229 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst

Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday 6pm-1am

Phone number: 0422 263 226

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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