February 4, 2014

The Alchemist and The Botanist, Leeds

I decided to make the most of my night in Leeds by visiting some bars I’d heard great things about. Everyone I know from the Leeds area had told me to try both The Alchemist and The Botanist so I simply had to go for some cocktails with friends – the things I do for blogging!

First stop was The Alchemist. I hadn’t realised that it was actually in Trinity Leeds, above Urban Outfitters, and I could instantly see why it’s so popular. The place has a great atmosphere to it and the theme is incredible; pseudo-scientific instruments are everywhere and the cocktails are so creative and exciting. I decided to try the White Choc Raspberry Bakewell, which, as you’d imagine, was basically an alcoholic dessert – amazing! Although the drinks are fairly expensive for a student like me, I didn’t mind because you get more than just a standard drink – every detail is thought out, the flavours are amazing and the whole visit is simply an experience. Next time I’ve got my eye on a  Bubblegum Mojito or perhaps The Colour Changing One – intriguing!
White Choc Raspberry Bakewell and Smokey Old Fashioned: The Alchemist
We also decided to try The Botanist. I didn’t manage to take photos of the bar itself this time (I was evidently distracted by the thought of more yummy cocktails) but it was buzzing for a Tuesday night. This time I decided to opt for the bar’s namesake, The Botanist, and it was delicious. I loved the interesting addition of jasmine syrup to the spirits which gave it a lovely ‘floral’ yet not overpowering taste. As you’d imagine thanks to its name, the cocktails at The Botanist all have a ‘plant’ twist and I can’t wait to head back, take some more photos, and try a Blackberry and Rosemary Fizz or a Blueberry and Passion Fruit Martini.

The Botanist: The Botanist

Another time I also really want to try the food – it smelt absolutely amazing in there. I love the idea of a mix and match deli board, especially if you were dining with someone with specific dietary requirements who might normally be excluded from half of the options you are served. Personally, I would choose home-dried tomatoes, Somerset Brie, Salami Felino and roasted red and yellow peppers – it’s making me hungry just thinking about it!
I’m enjoying exploring Leeds more than I’ve ever done before this year, especially the quirky and high-quality bars and restaurants on offer. Where else would you recommend I try?