Dawnvale has continued to work its magic with The Alchemist, a chain of ultra stylish cocktail bars. Branded the home of molecular mixology, the Alchemist has opened a beautiful waterfront branch at Media City - its third Manchester venue.

Of the 12 Alchemist branches across the UK, Dawnvale has helped to transform eight - and we’re lined up to work with the Living Ventures group, renowned designers Macaulay Sinclair and The Alchemist team on another four.

  • Name: The Alchemist
  • Location: Manchester
  • Website: thealchemist.uk.com
  • Designer: Macaulay Sinclair
  • Scope: Bar Fit Out + Kitchen
The Alchemist Media City Restaurant
The Alchemist Media City Furniture


We created a stunning, illuminated terrace bar with two bar stations for The Alchemist’s outside space, embraced by the restaurant’s breathtaking gold facade and overlooking the Manchester ship canal.


Part of what makes The Alchemist such a popular venue is the skill of its mixologists. Our ultra fast cocktail stations feature drop-down blenders and double speed rails, making it easy to shake up some magic.


The Alchemist serves food from morning til late. Our custom commercial kitchen, complete with the latest energy-saving Synergy grills and a bespoke extraction system, cuts costs and reduces energy outlay.


The irregular shape of the building made this job a challenge. But, with a bit of imagination, we found a way to include everything in the bars and kitchen in a functional, attractive and intuitive way.

The Alchemist Media City Exterior
The Alchemist Media City Bar


Custom lighting, including pendant cage lights, brushed copped shades and cunningly used conical flasks, evokes a Steampunk aesthetic and illuminates the eye-catching architecture and our bespoke metalwork.


Our work is set off perfectly by Macaulay Sinclair’s choice of beautiful restaurant furniture. Low-backed leather and brass stools, wood and marble-topped tables, and sumptuous banquette seating offers a mix of texture and style.


At Dawnvale, we specialise in value engineered interior fit outs, which means that our venues are designed to flow perfectly from the back door through to the front with speed, efficiency and, ultimately profit in mind.


The installation at The Alchemist Media City took just eight weeks from start to finish, including complete restaurant and bar fit out, commercial kitchen installation, and bespoke lighting and metalwork.

The Alchemist Media City Outdoor Furniture

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