Drinks | Monday 3th October 2016
As part of the rejuvenation of The Grand Hotel, on Birmingham’s Colmore Row, a branch of The Alchemist was opened not too long ago.
Having repeatedly visited the branches in Manchester (Spinningfields and New York Street ), Leeds ( Greek Street and Trinity ) and Liverpool, the arrival of a Birmingham branch spurred an almost immediate trip.
In true style of The Alchemist, the cocktail bar and restaurant celebrates ‘the unconventional, dark & controversial’ with an array of vessels, smoke and effervescence, bringing a sprinkling of enchantment to my Monday afternoon tipple. Arriving at around three we managed to secure coveted bar seats and enjoy a few drinks prior to the post work commotion. It was great to see the familiar menu with favourites still secured in their places.
The staff were fantastic, recommending drinks in accordance to preference on liquor and theatrics. The bar got a lot busier through the afternoon but the style of service and precision to detail was maintained. I also noticed a few faces from the Manchester branch behind the bar aiding with the rush of people to the newly opened bar.
The menu shows off some of the more specific tastes and attributes to the drinks in a periodic table style, making it relatively easy to choose your first drinks. Across the page as they span from FRESH, LIGHT SUMMER DRINKS to SPIRIT LED, DARK & SERIOUS with non-alcoholic and low alcoholic sections too. Individual cocktails vary in price with most hovering around the £7.95 mark and Drinks for 4 priced up at £37.50 .
Suggestions for theatrical must haves on the cocktail menu include; Colour Changing One, Bubblebath, Smokey Old Fashioned and Light Bulb Moment, these are accompanied by a range of bubbles, colours and fizz to brighten up any drinking occasion. I will most definitely be visiting The Alchemist again and welcome the magic and entertainment to Brum.
The Grand Hotel