Whiling away the evening at Fortitude Valley's latest hotspot might actually be good for you. In the 19th century, Brisbanites would visit the apothecary at 690 Ann Street seeking cures for their woes. Now, at the latest bar and eatery from the folks behind Gerard's Bistro and Bar, Lychee Lounge, Laruche, Hatch & Co and the Defiant Duck, patrons can find other tonics for their troubles.
At The Apo, that includes an inventive and eclectic cocktail list featuring ingredients that might raise a few eyebrows. Fancy a dash of black tea and white soy in your rum, pineapple, citrus and agave Yin Yang, anyone? Or something called cucumber paint alongside the Huelva Cooler's blend of manzanilla, strawberry, maraschino, citrus, soda and basil? We're choosing to believe that these tasty tipples — and the accompanying lineup of wine, cider and beer — are somewhat medicinal.
Former Hatch & Co Gasworks chef Braden White adds a bunch of restorative bites to eat to the fold, courtesy of a menu that changes every four or five weeks, and includes potted duck meat, coal-grilled octopus and nitrogen parfait at the time of opening. If that doesn't boost your spirits, then the mix of heritage and modern décor across the site's two storeys might — or spending time under the stars in the venue's 160-person beer garden.