In days of old, the local apothecary was a one-stop shop for elixirs, midwifery, tobacco, and medicinal mustaches. Today’s Groupon harkens back to these days of convenience: for $10, you get $20 worth of café fare and drinks at Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar, located in Rosedale.
Apothecary is a delicious lunch spot, a cozy coffee house, and a wine bar in one humble package. Apothecary offers locally brewed and homegrown coffee and espresso, as well as green, black, and herbal teas to soothe a dry throat. The all-day menu offers a bevy of nibbling options, including prosciutto macaroni and cheese with goat cheese and truffle oil ($9) and a monthly-rotating Antonelli's artisanal cheese plate ($15) side-kicked with cheeses, olives, crackers, honey, and fruit. Snack on french bread and olive oil ($3), served with black pepper and a dash of truffle oil, or delve into the delectable delicacy of peanut butter and Nutella ($6).
The lush décor at Apothecary, featuring deep red walls, colorful artwork, and wood furnishings, is equally suited to daytime coffee sipping and evening wine sampling. At night, Apothecary cues the music, dims the lights, and magically transforms into a wine bar, though you are also welcome to enjoy a glass of wine with your lunch panini while using the café's free WiFi to brainstorm emotionally relevant status updates or to accidentally send angry emails about your boss to your boss. Apothecary serves its weekly rotating wine selection all day, offering more than 30 by-the-glass options ($5–$11) and more than 60 bottles (starting at $21). Enjoy al fresco dining as well as people and dog watching on the patio out front, or lounge indoors for live music on weeknights.
Groupon is only valid for alcohol when purchased with food and cannot be combined with happy-hour specials.
The Austin Chronicle, the Allandale Reporter, and the blogs urbanebeast's blog, Maggie’s Austin, and Austin Tidbits have all given positive reviews for Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar. Ninety-four percent of Urbanspooners like it as well.
- Perhaps it's the soothing aroma of freshly brewed coffee that greets you when you enter the cafe during the day, or the deep-hued red and brown interior palette, accented with Moroccan lamps and exotic-looking carved wooden frames. The appeal could also have something to do with the cafe's unusual, diverse wine selection or the friendly informality of the staff. – Rachel Feit, Austin Chronicle