a manchester institution migrates to london and gives the molecular mixology scene - yes, there is a scene - a run for its money. nestled in city banker central, the alchemist is a glittering gem twinkling with the alchemical instuments of yesteryear, super-flattering lighting and flickering black and white victorian footage in the background to complete the transportation. whilst it serves breakfast, lunch and all in between, the cocktail list is where all the funs at, perfect for a late night sip and supper. the team work furiously in the lab distilling aromatics and scented powders with bunsen burners and pipettes to create the most surprising drinks experiences possible.
what arrives in your glass are unexpected flavours and delightful theatrics. a colour-changing cocktail comes in two conical flasks, pour in turn onto your ice ball as it changes colour in front of your eyes in a dramatic swirl of dry ice. the dead red zombie looks like a swirling cauldron of voodoo lava, you're almost too afraid to sip. a cola bottle libra tastes just like the sweet stuff but runs completely clear whilst the cereal killer is a spiked breakfast bowl served with a side of crunchy cereal loops. the bubble bath looks freshly scooped from the nearest tub. big sharers include the mad hatter's tea party served in a distiller with tea cups.
the fun is endless with bizarre components on every item...gingerbread syrup, white chocolate foam, frozen orchids, dried rose buds, metal powder, citric acid, raspberry dust, oak smoke and bergamot drops. hip flasks of premium spirits and a decent wine list accommodate the uninitiated. heaps of fun, an impressive place to take a hot date and everything on the menu is pretty affordable too – the alchemist is a top london pick. location: 6 beavis marks [city].