Apotheke Makes LA Scene With Secret Cocktail Lounge

Though they look like porcelain, the panels on the bar front are lacquered mdf with Tierney-designed graphics inspired by old apothecary labels. Photography by Art Gray.

Apotheke’s brick structure dates to the 1930’s. Photography by Art Gray.

A custom wallpaper covers the ceiling of the women’s restroom with its custom marble vanity and stalls formed by antique wood panels of Southeast Asia origins. Photography by Art Gray.

For the restroom hallway, Tierney found embroidered fabric in DTLA and designed the sconce. Photography by Art Gray.

The cabana at right shelters the outdoor bar. Photography by Art Gray.

Despite the barbed-wire fence and fierce mural, Apotheke presents a welcoming and glamorous setting. Photography by Art Gray.

Profiting from LA’s climate, the outdoor bar is made of the same illuminated marble as inside. Photography by Art Gray.

A 1960’s Murano glass chandelier centers the lounge where custom banquettes are inspired by the facing Biedermeier settee. Photography by Art Gray.

Tierney painted the mural on the wall behind his dog Vasco. Photography by Art Gray.

Custom sconces recall chemistry sets in their assembly; liquid is an absinthe doppelgänger. Photography by Art Gray.