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.
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.
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 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 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 🙂