The Alchemist to open second cocktail bar and restaurant in Edinburgh

The Alchemist is opening a second cocktail bar and dining space in Edinburgh, following the success of its St James Quarter venue.

The new Edinburgh site, on George Street, is set to open in early 2023, and will be the brand's third venue in Scotland after another which is currently gearing up to open in Glasgow.

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The Alchemist will deliver its signature ‘theatre served’ cocktail and dining experience to 185 diners, in the 7,051sq ft venue.

Representing an investment of £1.5m, the George Street bar and restaurant is expected to bring 60 new jobs to the Capital.

Jenny McPhee, Brand Director, said: “The response to our first bar and restaurant in Edinburgh last year, alongside plans to make our debut in Glasgow later this year, has been incredible and we’re thrilled to be further expanding our portfolio in Scotland with a second venue in the capital.

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“With a mix of listed features and our signature style, the site is going to be stunning, offering an unrivalled and unconventional drinking and dining experience in the heart of the city.”The Alchemist started in Manchester in 2010 and has since expanded to 20 venues across the UK, with the chain opening its first Scottish outlet in the St James Quarter in late 2021.

The launch event saw the cocktail-maker team up with Edinburgh institution and world-renowned centre for spirituality - The Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, which aims to make spirituality accessible to all.

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The Alchemist is a creative cocktail bar and restaurant which serves up breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as a huge selection of cocktails, thanks to their mixologist bartenders

The partnership marked The Alchemist’s official opening through a celebration of the city’s history as a hotbed for spirituality - home to ancient alchemists and modern mystics alike.

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Since its launch last year, the Edinburgh cocktail bar and restaurant has become hugely popular in the city for its dark world of ‘theatre served’, which is described as a den of molecular mixology with a darkly delicious dining menu.

The company says that the initial St James Quarter outlet has shown enough demand for an “unconventional drinking and dining experience” in the Capital that the Alchemist was prompted to open the second site at George Street within just 18 months.