My first visit to the Alchemist Bar & Lounge was a delight. The bar is located in SOMA San Francisco near the Giants baseball stadium. I met my boyfriend here after work since it was walking distance from both our offices. It was buzzing during its M-F 5-8pm happy hour. It's a very dark lit bar with plenty of space to grab a table or stand around. The decor and visuals are very artistic and unique. Ramon the lead bartender of the evening took great care of us.
The cocktails may look delicate and small in size, but rest assured they get the job done. Their most popular cocktail is called Raised by Wolves, a mix of bourbon and scotch, very strong and alcohol forward. My favorite cocktail of the evening was the Nicotine & Gravy because of the foamy, creamy like top and the proper balance between sweet and sour from the gin and cachaca. The most surprising cocktail was Before Night Falls due to its surprisingly smooth finish after an unconventional mix of rye whiskey, mezcal, amaro, hazelnut liquor, and bitters.
We paired our cocktails with a few bar bites. There were several great options for sharing, so it was hard to choose. Ultimately we were not disappointed with the following two choices. The Brussel sprouts came with a touch of bacon that really made them extra tasty. The fried chicken sandwich was perfectly breaded and moist.
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