Thirsty Thursdays: The Alchemist

Thirsty Thursdays: The Alchemist

working girl london at the alchemist
Manchester’s favourite bar/restaurant landed in London a while ago so I went to see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. In short, yes. Here’s the verdict.

The Atmosphere
In the heart of the city, The Alchemist is a far cry from the cramped basement speakeasies which have swept the capital. Bookings are allowed, there is space to move/dance, and the bar and restaurant areas are actually separate! It has a very cool decor but a classic kind of cool rather than a too-dark-to-see-your-food kind of cool. It is a little bit quiet in the restaurant early in the evening but livens up as the night goes on. The bar, however, is a perfect spot for after work drinks so is always buzzing. The staff are attentive and helpful and the whole evening was a nice experience.

chemistry can be fun

The Drinks
The drinks are IN-SANE. The bar certainly lives up to its name. We started off with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party not knowing what to expect. This warm, fruity cocktail comes with a side of chemistry lesson – I won’t spoil it too much but I recommend trying this one.

mad hatter's tea party

We also tried the rum punch, the Bubble Bath and a few others (including one with cheerios in it) all of which were super tasty and well worth it just for the wow factor.

The Food
The Alchemist does serve a range of food so we had a 3 course meal. The food was okay but it’s not the selling point. I would recommend either starting your night here with a few drinks and then heading out to eat or grabbing a quick bite on the way.

The Fine Print
You can make table bookings but, as there is quite a lot of space, this isn’t essential. There is an extensive wine menu but the cocktails are where the party’s at. Cocktails start from £6.95 and the Hipflask cocktails (which come with a free hipflask) are £12.50. Food is reasonable with a 3 course meal costing around £25 per person.

the alchemist bubble bath

Final Word
The Alchemist definitely stands out from the crowd in terms of the drinks on offer. The cocktails are well thought through, well presented and taste divine. This is a perfect spot for an occasion and is in a good, central location making it a great meeting point.


Have you been to The Alchemist in London or one of the other branches? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments 🙂