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Published October 5th 2013
Where science and booze clash
The walls are lined with ornate caskets of wine and endless liqueur bottles, intertwined with the sort of equipment that would not look out of place in a science lab; welcome to The Alchemist, in the heart of the new Trinity Centre.
After a hard day's shopping in the bustle of the Trinity centre, entering The Alchemist is a welcome relief. Found on the third floor of the Trinity, you enter to find leather seating against the sumptuous back drop of understated chandeliers and décor and a background hum of music and talking. The Alchemist is exciting; its endless cocktail menu leaves you wanting to return, time and again, to sample the next flavour combination. The Alchemist is sure to become your favourite city bar.
The place hums with the sounds of metropolitan Leeds. On a sunny day the wrap around heated terrace is full to the brim and tables are on a catch-me-while-you-can basis. The Alchemist cocktail bar takes classics and turns them on their head, my favourites being the passion fruit and lychee meringue martini, packed to the brim with passoa, lychee liqueur, lemon juice and lime juice - it would not be complete without the topping of flamed meringue foam.
Add to this their Long Island Ice Tea with the added extra of dry ice or the peach version with dissipating peach foam, or the Caribbean Rum Punch whose creation involves a Bunsen burner and what looks like a copper cauldron (please do use your imagination).
The Alchemist prides itself on creating a cocktail experience different from the norm, tweaking flavour combinations, as well as our conceptions of classic cocktail recipes, serving them in cauldrons, tea cups, milk bottles; you name it, The Alchemist will have it.
Whilst the cocktails are not cheap, they range from £5.95 for a Daiquiri to £10 for a Big Al's Pornstar, you pay for the complete Alchemist experience, the opportunity to try amazing new flavours. Be warned the dress code goes with the price tag, no hoodies, smart casual, but all are welcome. The Alchemist is exclusive and inclusive all in one, step inside and experience cocktails like never before.
And if cocktails are not your thing consider their range of smoothies and their food menu. Like the cocktail menu, my personal favourite, their food menu is similarly endless. Their duck spring rolls are to die for and their sharing platter is truly delicious with wings, nachos, potato wedges and beer battered prawns.