Whether you’re looking for the best spot to go pre-show for a Wellmont Theater gathering, a delicious modern and contemporary cocktail, or to participate in some of the coolest events in the area — look no further than Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen. This music-themed, historic, local bar has some of the greatest entertainment and cocktails around. Located at 398 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair adjacent to The Wellmont Theater, Pharmacie has one of the livest backdrops in all of Montclair. With lots of upcoming events, we highly recommend checking this spot out. Read on to learn more about Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen.
History of Pharmacie + The Wellmont Theater
The Wellmont Theater opened its doors back on June 16th, 1922 on the corner of Seymour Street and Bloomfield Avenue. It served as a venue for stage plays and vaudeville performances, honing major acts of the time like Charlie Chaplin. By 1929, The Wellmont Theater changed course and converted into a motion picture theater. And again in the 1980s, the Wellmont converted into a triplex theater, focusing on independent films.
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Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen gets its name from the original establishment adjacent to The Wellmont Theater, the Pharmacie soda shop. When The Wellmont Theater was converted in the 1980s, the entrance facing Bloomfield Avenue moved to Seymour Street and the original Italian marbled lobby had become a diner – which is where Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen resides today.
About Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen
This music-themed establishment welcomes guests with its vintage-inspired atmosphere, exposed brick, black and white tile, and classic marble — paying homage to its 1980s counterpart. Pharmacie is split level with two separate bars on each floor and an entrance into the Wellmont lobby up top.
During to the Covid-19 pandemic, Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen was forced to close its doors. When it was able to open back up, Pharmacie reopened with the following announcement: “Can you believe it’s been 2 years since we last served you? Well, wait no more. Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen is back and we are very excited to serve you!”
Pharmacie is open from 5PM Wednesday through Saturday, and coincides with all shows at The Wellmont Theater — which serves as a gathering spot for pre-show drinks. Pharmacie serves a variety of delicious handcrafted cocktails, cold craft beer, and carefully-curated wine selections.
Additionally, Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen hosts monthly guest bartenders from the area that are always guaranteed to be a great night.