Sip a bespoke cocktail at Alchemy Bar, or speak to our team about the selection of craft spirits. With close to 100 gins, and unique rums and brandies, you will be spoilt for choice. Soak up the drinks with simple but delicious bar snacks, or pop in next door to Alchemy Kitchen, our restaurant which serves all-day brunch and tapas-style small plate dishes perfect for sharing and exploration.
Step into The 'Other' Room, our cellar and retail outlet, to discover some of South Africa's lesser known and highly regarded estate wines, small independent wine makers, craft gin, rum and other spirits including our award winning Blackstrap Ginsala.
At our on-site Blackstrap Craft Distillery, we create East Coast inspired gins and rums available for tasting at the bar and restaurant.
Visit us for a unique exploration of all things craft!
al·che·my \ ˈal-kə-mē \
“… the process of taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary, sometimes in a way that cannot be explained…”
news about events, tastings and new discoveries
Thanks for buying one of the Alchemy home cocktail kits! Find the recipes here. Haven't got your kit yet? Please visit us as Alchemy to secure yours now.read more
Years ago at a well known wine event in Durban, a friend made a comment about the people behind the wine, or as he called them, "the wine people" - in essence, that they were all interesting, engaging, opinionated yet down to earth, and generally just bloody nice. Recent months have seen many wine makers visit the greater Durban area, providing an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Each shared some pearls of wisdom or reminded me of previously learnt lessons.read more
Special wine finds and new discoveries are generally hard to come by, and, at the risk of generalisation, in KZN we tend to go for "safe" varietals. So the mojo behind our wine choices in The 'Other' Room is clear: we aim to bring wine lovers in our corner of the world extraordinary South African wines, introduce the pioneers who are blazing new trails, and encourage winos to challenge themselves, step out of their comfort zone and try something new. While always striving to provide good value.read more
This (somewhat deliberately controversial) statement raised a few eyebrows at a recent wine tasting. Fact is, a trip to Burgundy some years ago left me unimpressed with the wines though moved by an extraordinary cellar and tasting experience. As always with wine, I have recently had to challenge my own prejudice. South African wine makers are creating fascinating Pinot Noirs worth exploring, especially as summer approaches. Sometimes all it takes is to keep trying previously dismissed options!read more