Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The Alchemist

The Alchemist Bevis Marks is described as a 'glint of gold against the charcoal and black suits of the city' and is the perfect place for post-work tipples. Most of my friends work in and around the city and I've managed to visit twice in the last two weeks, and am sure that a third trip isn't far away! 
Located just a short stroll away from Liverpool Street Station, between Aldgate and Brick Lane, the location is one of five from the brand, with all of the other locations up North, including Manchester and Leeds. 

I love the concept for its sleek design, amazing and eccentric menu and knowledgable staff. The prices by no means match the style and service - cocktails are priced around the £8-mark. Its a little bit different to the 'usual' city offering, very relaxed in atmosphere despite being busy throughout the evening. The design work is stunning but it's the menu that truly makes the venue. 

The Bevis Marks venue has two floors, the ground floor being the bar and the upstairs a restaurant that is open for everything from breakfast to late night nibbles and now is firmly on my list of places to try. It has a cosmopolitan vibe with plush decor but there is a simultaneously a very traditional element with wooden cabinets behind the bar, emanating the idea of an alchemists workspace. The bar is gold and striking, with stools located around the circular centre-piece, and sofas and booths to the sides of the room - something for everyone. I've managed to grab a seat each time I've visited and the venue seems to always be busy, but not too busy that you have to fight your way to the cocktails!

Now, let's talk about the menu. Its clever, unusual and has a little bit of everything. The cocktail list is extensive and truly follows the bars name in its scientific approach. The wooden cabinets behind the  bar are filled with testubes and cocktails are made like potions with scientific apparatus - from pipets, to conical flasks and bunsen burners. Nothing is as you would expect and the presentation of the drinks provide the perfect photo opportunities. From toasting meringue on the top of a gin base, to including beetroot foam, everything from the spirits to the champagne is made a little bit special by The Alchemists 'scientists'. The wine list is perfectly sized and there's a good range of draft beer on tap. Even when the bar is busy, service is quick and the staff are nothing but charming. 

The Alchemist's prized location makes it perfect for after work drinks, and the comprehensive cocktail list means that previously planned 'quick drink after work' can very easy escalate into an impromptu evening out.

Find The Alchemist here.

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