New name, new look — but some things will stay the same as multi award-winning Adelaide wine bar and restaurant, The Apothecary 1878, will welcome in an exciting era as APOTECA from today.
With the name change comes a refreshing new look, as the 1920s Parisian-inspired design of the wine bar and restaurant takes a transatlantic upgrade with a contemporary twist on a New York brasserie.
Despite the changes, APOTECA’s commitment to quality wining and dining remains.
Opening in 2002, The Apothecary 1878 was the first wine bar in the west end and paved the way for the city’s wine bar culture and sophisticated drinking spots in Leigh, Peel and Hindley streets.
Now, 17 years after opening, The Apothecary will make a come back as APOTECA (pronounced A-PO-TE-CA), which is a Spanish word of Latin origin that means ‘apothecary’ and represents a new chapter for the venue while keeping a connection to its past.
With an approachable light and bright makeover that is inspired by owner Paola Coro’s recent trip to New York, APOTECA’s contemporary twist on a New York brasserie has a more casual feel while retaining its elegance.
In addition to the name and design changes, patrons can come in and discover a new modern European menu from head chef Mirco Ruthoff (including a separate bar snack menu that will run until closing time), a bespoke cocktail menu (that will focus on classics from the prohibition era), while the courtyard (one of Adelaide’s best-kept secrets) will be available for bookings with a new look and feel
It’s an evolution rather than a revolution for Paola, who has run the restaurant/bar in the heart of the west end food and wine district since 2002.
“I don’t want it to feel completely different; there will still be elements that are going to be the same,” Paola says. “We still want a connection to our past.”
This includes the main bar’s historic 141-year-old pharmacy cabinets, its tumbled marble floor tiles and, of course, its 30-page drink list.
With quality food and wine served with attention to detail, APOTECA is still your gastronomic escape in the heart of the west end.
You can find APOTECA at 118 Hindley Street, Adelaide. It’s open seven nights a week, with the bar kicking off fro 5pm (Sundays 6pm) and dinner from 6pm.