The Apothecary 1878

THE APOTHECARY 1878

(08) 8212 9099

118 Hindley Street

Adelaide SA 5000

Now, this review is written with hesitation as The Apothecary is one of our favourite places and we are loathe to share it! So far having sauntered in here no less than 4 times this year it does warrant a review albeit reservedly.

The Apothecary is most certainly the diamond in the rough along Hindley street (although hats off, Hindley Street, you are improving). This is an establishment which offers table service with well-dressed, educated staff that is a real treat in this time of poor customer service. We have yet to bring an acquaintance/date/friend/family member here and find disappointment. Always something going on there; if you want more than just a regular fine dining experience then there are whiskey tastings, high teas and occasionally other surprises (you must book!) for you to experience.

Now down to basics, aesthetically you will be pushed to fine a more authentic and traditional european styled establishment in South Australia. The name Apothecary meaning ‘a pharmacy’ comes from the antique pharmacy cabinets that enclose you as you enter. Donned with the most beautiful bottles it will keep your eyes captured if nothing else. There are many levels in the heritage listed building and you may use these levels depending on your purpose it seems. For simple drinks and tastings there is the courtyard which is only available in good weather or the 2 ground levels. If you are dining you will be either downstairs or at ground level depending on the night. Upstairs are the function rooms for, of course, functions which they do very, very well.

The drinks menu is indescribable and if you can’t find something on that menu that you will love, you just get right off our site now. Wines from around the globe, whiskeys, gins, cocktails that are making me drool while typing.. you name it. The food seems to change seasonally and there is a range of tastings, tapas and mains to choose from, including venison, salmon, duck-fat potatoes, steak as well as vegetarian options. Don’t forget that cheese goes with wine and you will not be let down in this department either.

Of course quality does not come cheaply. The Apothecary is not known for it’s cheap eats and happy hours but the experience is worth as much as the consumables. A couple of examples for you to consider from 2012:

Group meal only (wine billed separately) with 3 courses was $55 per head – there was more food than could be eaten and the guests are still pleased with that experience.

Night cap for 2 was $57 for 4 glasses of wine and a plate of cheese.

Meal date with a 2 aperitifs, a bottle of wine, cheese plate, 2 mains, 1 dessert & an AMAZING cocktail was $177

Some comments:

Jarred “The service was magnificent”

Jess “I love the Apothecary, it is this little warm hub of refinement in the crassness of Hindley street, although some out door heaters for smoking cigars wouldn’t go astray”

Shell “Where else can you eat Bambi and beets in Adelaide?”

A few other notes, you must dress smart casual to visit The Apothecary. Do book if you want to go to a high tea or a tastings night, generally you should just book for any meal, it is etiquette. The Apothecary is one of the only places in South Australia that continues to serve delicious food past 10pm. Impressed.

We give The Apothecary our highest score of 9 out of 10 bow ties.

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