I have been frequenting Apoteke since their opening years ago and have gotten to the point that I know the bouncers (Phil, Jay, and LaMont are the best doormen in the city) and bartenders (Chris makes a mean Deal Closer) on a first name basis. It is arguably my favorite cocktail lounge in the city, and I have proudly introduced scores of people to this unique fun place.When I heard they were opening a place next door, Pulqueria, I could not have been more excited. And then I met their doorman.
First, they are billed as a place without a doorman that you can easily walk into; this is untrue. Second, call me crazy, but I figured my great relationships and ridiculous amount of patronage next door would have some impact on my ability to enjoy their new sister bar. Apparently I am crazy, and after attempting to get in >20x now I have only seen the inside once, and they were empty. No, I do not have a reservation for a bar in Chinatown at 11pm. No, I am not willing to buy a bottle for $500. And no, I WILL NOT PALM YOU $50 to walk in!
After such a great relationship with a sister establishment that is literally next door, it shocks me that a potentially great place is so negatively colored by one insignificant petite latino guy on a power trip.
Albert Trummer and Heather Tierney need to find a new front man for such a potentially great place. Any of the staff you have at Apoteke would be a HUGE improvement upon the guy that has repeatedly offended a great patron.