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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Modern, Sandwiches
Wine bar

Mon–Sat 10:00am–midnight
Sun 11:00am–10:00pm

Features Good wines, outdoor dining, veg-friendly, Wi-Fi
Bar Beer, wine
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx


4800 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX
(512) 371-1600
Apothecary Café and Wine Bar
A Moroccan-themed espresso bar by day, hip neighborhood wine bar by night

Rosedale/Allandale residents can finally hang out late at night without having to drink bad juice. The selection here is well chosen and priced, mostly small-production Old and New World wines. They do make the rookie mistake of having everything available by the glass (hello, stale), so ask how long it’s been open or if they gas (pumping hardly helps). The shorter bottled beer list covers favorites like Boddington’s and Brooklyn Lager. For those who find Vino Vino too intimidating or crowded, it’s a fine area alternative.

Hang out on the dainty patio facing Burnet Road, or inside amidst dark furniture and vaguely Moroccan effects (yet the expensive-looking sign out front is decidedly Celtic). Although the décor is a bit overproduced—silk-screened art on rich espresso and claret walls, perfectly bejeweled pendant lamps, gleaming silver pedestals, and flawless painted writing on the mirrored-wall menu—the soundtrack is indie-hip: Black Keys, Grizzly Bear, Wilco.

The wine-friendly food is fine: prosciutto-wrapped melon, sweet and savory crêpes (a little gummy), Antonelli’s least exciting cheeses (Gorgonzola, brie, manchego), olive and pesto spreads, and decent panini and salads. Owl Tree coffee is great, and espressos are pulled ideally short with a firm crema. Even teas, so often neglected, are high-grade loose leaf, brewed expertly by a friendly, personable staff. Lucky Allandale! Lucky Rosedale!

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