Newcastle’s latest cocktail destination The Alchemist is opening soon and a few lucky bloggers got to take a sneaky peek ahead of its official unveiling tonight (21st March). I’ve been struck down with the lurgy – again! – so Mr. Canny was dispatched to take photos and mingle at this incredible new venue. Open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, it is bound to be popular with the more discerning drinkers of the Toon.
Located on Nelson Street (close to Cafe Royal), this will be the ninth Alchemist venue to open in the UK. Around 80 jobs have been created, ranging from mixologists, servers and chefs to bar backs and hosts.
Simon Potts, Managing Director of The Alchemist, said: “Newcastle city centre is an obvious destination for us as a brand because our target market is urban, savvy, fun-loving professionals who are after something that little bit different”. To showcase its unconventional cocktails based on ‘molecular mixology’ and its creative food offering, The Alchemist has spared no expense on its quirky interior design. I think it is reminiscent of a branch of All Saints.. in a good way!
I naturally had a nose ahead of the visit to see what was on offer food-wise. Breakfasts, burgers, steaks, and tapas-style dishes grace the menu, with a few mentions of Quorn for the veggies. We were told that things are fried together, so those who avoid cross contamination should probably opt for one of their salads, the edamame beans and Hummus instead.
Food is cooked to order, so there’s the potential to adapt if you can spot something that may be suitable by omitting certain ingredients. I’m looking forward to trying some of the dishes out myself once I’m feeling better, hopefully with a cocktail or two! It does seem a shame there isn’t more on offer though.
More traditional drinks like Mojitos and Martinis feature on an extensive list alongside the more unusual sounding Beyond The Kale, Dead Red Zombie and Barrel Aged Corpse Reviver. They love their dry ice and science equipment, as you can tell! With some drinks served up in test tubes, Schlenk flasks and syringes, there’s a definite quirk factor here. We were pleased to hear they could recommend vegan wines to us, although to see them labelled on the menu would have been a bonus.
Visitors to the bar are able to access the restaurant from its main entrance on Nelson Street or via Intu Eldon Square, which also plays host to recent arrivals such as Chaophraya and Tapas Revolution. Bookings are open now on The Alchemist website, which can be found here. I hope you’ve enjoyed our behind-the-scenes of this new venue and look forward to hearing you thoughts on the grub once it officially opens.
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