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A Vibrant Hangout: Apothecary East

by Joanna Gregory

In the heart of Shoreditch, a place that is still buzzing, if not even more vibrant than it was 20 years ago, is the Japanese cocktail restaurant Apothecary East. It’s a rainy Tuesday evening in March so I wasn’t sure what the vibe would be but upon entering, the front bar area was a buzz with peeps meeting for after-work drinks or folks tapping away on laptops.

Something about coworking energy makes you instantly feel like you’re in a safe space. If it’s good enough for people to gather in rather than an office or at their homes, then it’s good enough for me.

Vibrant dining at Apothecary East

We are taken through; the low-level disco music and lighting make for a chic Friday night feel. The restaurant soon fills up and the music is accompanied by the hum of chitter chatter. Our waitress is young and super friendly. Talking us through the Japanese menu – a mix of sushi, Asian salads, dim sum and larger plates.

My guest and I decided to go for a mainly vegetarian spread, which, I’m sure isn’t the norm here but we had a lot of delicious options to choose from. Tenderstem broccoli, black sesame cauliflower, vegetable gyoza and miso aubergine to name a few were all incredible, especially the latter which was a sticky delight.

A taste of the drinks menu

To accompany our food we ordered non-alcoholic cocktails, which are hit and miss in many places I have attended, but this place did not disappoint. I had an Oolong Way Round, a glorious mix of ginger spice, apricot, and soda. My guest went for All Fun, No Guilt which was so close to a whiskey cocktail, we were both fooled.

The food and service were both on point and I can see how this vibrant place must come alive towards the end of the week. Close to the city and the hip bars of the area it makes for a perfect meeting place.

The space can also be hired out for private events and every Saturday is host to a fun and vibrant bottomless brunch of sushi, cocktails and soul music.

Apothecary East
36 Charlotte Road
United Kingdom


  • Joanna Gregory

    Joanna can currently be found frequenting the shores of Brighton after a move from South London. After her glorious stint at the BRIT School, she hung up her theatrics in favour for a life in music publishing by day and writing by night. She balances her time between the seaside and the big smoke and when she’s not flapping about in the sea, you’ll find her on a dancefloor, cooking up a storm or stomping around the countryside for some much loved nature.

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