Alchemy 198 will have cocktails and culture on menu

September 28 2018
Alchemy 198 will have cocktails and culture on menu

Anticipation is growing for the opening of a new multi-functional venue on Gloucester Road - Alchemy 198 - a bar, cafe, event and exhibition space all rolled into one happening space!

The building was originally the Venus bar, and at one time included a Greek restaurant in the basement, which ran for over 30 years. The premises have been bought by Room 212 owner Sarah Thorp, who has plans to organise events and exhibitions in both the ground floor bar and basement chill out area. 

Sarah has worked hard to reshape Gloucester Road Central in recent years and has been instrumental in community events in the area. She is keen to offer interesting and inspiring events and a comfortable meeting place. The name Alchemy is inspired by her idea that Bristol people, products and ideas can mix together to create something wonderful, to be enjoyed by all. 

Sarah's son Ziggy Reynolds, who currently works at Roll Quick, and his brother Otto will own the bar itself and are looking forward to whipping up some fine cocktails.  New residents of Sarah's Eco House, Victoria and Jean are experienced bar-tenders and musicians from Belgium, so they will be bringing a new twist to the mix, along with an upright piano!

Alchemy 198 will offer a range of coffees, cocktails, gin infusions and Bristol Beer Factory and North Street cider on tap. Cox & Baloney are selling their bricks and mortar business on Cheltenham Road but they have promised to supply their award winning tea blends and tea infused gins to Alchemy. Preserve will whizz up fresh almond and oat milk. A local baker will supply gorgeous cakes, plus bread from Joe’s Bakery. The Singh family, who live opposite on Gloucester Road and own an Indian takeaway in Montpelier have offered to provide samosa and bhaji bar snacks and pop up Indian supper nights. Other local chefs will bring different themed food nights and Room 212 will decorate the rooms to match. 

The Launch Party on November 17 will be open to all and will start from the afternoon through to 1am.  Look out for street performers, musicians and djs to getting you dancing. The following weekend, 23 - 25 November is North Bristol Art Trail, and Alchemy 198 will be the venue for artists Jenny Urquhart, Katie Johnston and owner, Sarah Thorp. 

Until then, the Alchemic process continues - stripping back the dark old bar to reveal hidden staircases, old beams & windows and creating a glittering, beautiful place for us to enjoy. Any musicians, chefs or artists wanting to take part in future events should email For all news, follow the Alchemy 198 facebook page.

In the meantime Room 212 will have an autumnal theme featuring Toni Burrows' amazing fox mosaic followed by the usual fantastical Day of the Dead exhibition from Oct 19th - 3rd Nov. One window will focus on the beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The other will feature a shrine or 'Ofrenda' by Danielle Greenwood of Viva Los Muertos, containing traditional marigolds, sugar skulls and other delights.

And last but not least - put December 6 into your diary. This is the date for the traditional Glos Rd Central Christmas Street Party, when all the shops and businesses in our area join together to offer food, drink, music and activities from 5pm - 8pm. A wonderful start to the festive season!

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