The long wait for West Seattle’s anticipated “chemistry-inspired” cocktail bar Alchemy finally comes to an end tomorrow, as the bar opens at 3 p.m.
Eater announced the forthcoming project — plus its sibling restaurant, Vine and Spoon — last August. The two openings are a team effort from local chefs Christopher Jensen, Bryan Ogden, and Larkin Young.
The bar is leaning heavily on housemade ingredients and flashy presentation to complement a wide range of spirits. The cocktail menu is broken into sections like “Low Proof,” “No Proof,” and “Potions,” featuring signature drinks from lead barman Tony Larson. Most range from $10 to $14 (like the Emerald Hour, a spicy, herbal mix seen below), but there’s also a $50 whopper called the Alchemy Cocktail, whose description claims it’s “only for the adventurous.” This show-off-for-your-friends item includes Talisker 2015 Distillers Edition Scotch, Bozal Sacrificio mezcal, Gran Classico, Abbot’s and Peychaud’s Bitters, and spices like smoked star anise.
The opening beer list will disappoint fans of local and independent breweries, as it features mostly brands throughout the country that have been acquired by AB InBev, like 10 Barrel and Goose Island. The brief wine list offers red, white, and bubbly, including a few local options, but the impression is clear: This is a bar focused on cocktails first and foremost.
On the food side, there are deviled eggs with creme fraiche, bacon, and cured and smoked yolks; farro porridge with carrots, leeks, chard, lovage, and nettle puree; cheeseburger sliders with bacon jam and Tillamook cheddar on a potato roll; and pan-roasted halibut with caramelized shallots, spinach, and shellfish broth.
Vine and Spoon, meanwhile, is still in progress around the corner in the same building. That restaurant will serve "upscale New American" fare with a farm-to-table angle.
Alchemy will be open Sunday to Thursday 3 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.