The Alchemist arrives in Glasgow’s George Square

Cocktail bar chain The Alchemist has opened its second site north of the border in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

The new £1.6m bar and restaurant, in a prime spot on the north-east corner of the city’s George Square, follows on from last year’s successful opening of The Alchemist’s first Scottish venue, in Edinburgh’s St James Quarter.

Promising the ‘dawning of a mystical new era’ in Glasgow’s growing cocktail scene, the new site will unleash The Alchemist’s ‘theatre served’ experience within a 5,594 square foot venue, serving up to 260 customers at a time.

Visitors can expect to see some of the chain’s most popular libations on its Glasgow menu, including the crowd-pleasing ‘Cherry Poppins’, a fruity gin-based concoction topped with a cherry fog bubble, and the ‘Colour Changing One’, which combines Grey Goose Vodka, Briottet Apple, soda, fresh citrus and, it is claimed, magic.

For those abstaining during ‘Dry January’, there is also the brand new ‘CBD Spritz’, which mixes Goodrays Raspberry & Guava Seltz, Disco Grenadine and watermelon foam crowned with a CBD gummy, and the ‘Cos-no’, a refreshing combination of Everleaf non-alcoholic aperitif with juicy cranberry, lime, Lyres Italian Spritz and house-made sherbert air.

Inside The Alchemist’s new Glasgow venue

Brand director Jenny McPhee said: “The opening of our celestial George Square bar and restaurant marks a wondrous new leap for The Alchemist in Scotland.

“A cosmopolitan city with an unmistakable edge, we think Glaswegians will feel right at home in our bar that adds a new frontier to the city’s cocktail scene.”