The Alchemist Now Open in SoMa


The bar at Alchemist. Photo by Phoebe G.


Comfy seating at Alchemist. Photo by Phoebe G.

tablehopper broke the story last July that Kinson Lau, formerly of Gitane, was opening a bar in SoMa called ~THE ALCHEMIST~. After a series of delays, the new bar (which is up on the second floor) is softly open now, serving some lesser-known but classic cocktails, like the Monkey Gland (gin, orange juice, grenadine, absinthe rinse), and twists on classics, like the Beez Nuts, a twist on the Bees Knees, with gin, chamomile, lemon, and honey. Check out the full drink list here. There will also be a chalkboard special called the “Alchemist’s Tincture,” which will be inspired by a Chinese herbal medicine.

In the future, look for pop-up guest bartenders who will mix things up a bit, and food might be forthcoming too. The look is industrial-meets-Gothic, with a touch of steampunk. There’s room for 70, with a 13-seat bar and lounge areas with tufted couches. They’re open Wed-Mon (closed Tue) from 5pm-2am. 679 3rd St. at Townsend, 415-746-9968.