April 25, 2014 @ 5:30 PM, Alchemist (San Francisco)
I am so excited to write this post because it was such a fun evening with my girls. This was also the night we celebrated Alexis’ birthday over tasty drinks.
The birthday girl chose Alchemist as our venue. Alchemist is a bar and lounge located at South of Market, not far from the ball park.
Alchemist is located on the second floor of a loft building. Be ready to show your ID at the door. A spacious and attractive bi-level space with hard wood floors, very high ceiling and exposed beams welcomed us. At around 5:30 in the afternoon, the crowd was still pretty sparse. Couches, benches and high bar tables and stools were scattered around the loft.
Cool gadgets depicting “tne art of alchemy” were scattered all over the place including test tubes, flasks, antique centrifuge machine, even an old Bible. (I do not like it when items that are considered sacred are used irreverently as part of interior decoration.)
We had the the leather couches at one part of the room all to ourselves with our backs to the huge windows.
Despite being close to empty, the place was loud. The music was blasting. Our drink orders were taken by a server.
We had 2 rounds of pretty delicious and well-crafted cocktails. (8 cocktails between the 4 of us.)
- Somethin’ With Vokahh: vodka, elderflower liqueur, lime, thyme syrup, ginger beer
- Shrub Downdenizen: rum, strawberry & rhubarb shrub, creme de banana, lemon
- B.A. Baracus: scotch, lemon, ginger & habanero syrup, hard cider
*I had a sip of Jannette’s scotch drink but she warned me against it. It was delicious but told me it would be too strong for me. She was right. It was potent!
Overall, a fun venue with great cocktails. Yummy-sounding non-alcoholic cocktails are also served. Prices are standard – between $11 to $12 per drink. We were disappointed that their website says that appetizers are available. When we got there, we were told that they were not serving food at the moment. We were redirected to the restaurant next door which turned out to be packed because there was a baseball game going on that afternoon.
Which was fine because we continued to have more fun at Garaje!
Before we left, Alexis opened our presents for her, caught up on what’s up and as always Heather spoiled us with pretty stuff. I have the best gals in the world!
Next: More girl-bonding at Garaje….
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