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…”

Our commitment, work ethic and dedication to excellence are old fashioned. Our drinks and food, on the other hand, are not. Our cocktails are crafted through experimental techniques, using unique ingredients and innovative flavour combinations to deliver an unforgettable experience that you won’t find anywhere else in KZN. While tradition inspires us, it’s innovation that fuels our passion.

Embark on a captivating journey at The ‘Other’ Room, our cellar, and retail outlet. Unveil the best-kept secrets of South Africa’s wine world, with our collection of lesser-known yet highly regarded estate wines, as well as experimental, unusual creations from independent winemakers. What further sets The ‘Other’ Room apart is our focus on KZN wines and the finest locally crafted spirits. And of course, you won’t want to miss our award-winning Blackstrap Ginsala and Cassia Rum, made right here in Ballito!

At Alchemy, we blend tradition and innovation, and no less so in our distillery. Blackstrap Craft Distillery™ draws inspiration from the KZN North Coast’s rich heritage of sugarcane farming and sugar refining.

The very name, Blackstrap, is a nod to the viscous substance born during the sugarcane refining process. All our spirits, even the gin, are distilled from a sugar cane base.

Our very own GINSALA™ is more than just a gin; it’s a sensory exploration, a celebration of craftsmanship, and a testament to the marriage of tradition and innovation. Indulge in the limited volumes of this high-quality, small-batch gin that encapsulates the spirit of Alchemy—a place where heritage meets avant-garde.

One of our founder Theo’s fondest memories of living in New York is the city’s abundance of eateries serving all-day brunch or tapas, often with an amazing wine list and always with incredible cocktails. New York’s cosmopolitan and eclectic population ensures access to great cuisine from around the world. At Alchemy, we aim to bring a slice of that experience to our shores, with a small plates and weekend brunch menu designed to satisfy your food cravings, all day long. From Theo’s mom’s recipes to a tapestry of globally inspired dishes, each plate is presented with love, our usual commitment to excellence and our appetite for innovation.

OUR MOJO

What Defines The
Alchemy Magic?

OUR MOJO

What Defines The
Alchemy Magic?

Rooted in history with a decidedly modern twist

Our commitment, work ethic and dedication to excellence are old fashioned. Our drinks and food, on the other hand, are not. Our cocktails are crafted through experimental techniques, using unique ingredients and innovative flavour combinations to deliver an unforgettable experience that you won’t find anywhere else in KZN. While tradition inspires us, it’s innovation that fuels our passion.

Attention to detail

Every detail is important. From the selection of glassware to the drinks and food that we serve. Our cocktails are tested and perfected before making it onto the menu. Every wine in the cellar has been tasted to ensure it matches up to our high standard and delivers value at the price point. Our team knows the regulars by name. These are just some of the ways in which we aim to bring a touch of something special, by focusing on the details.

‍Sustainability

We try to do our part for the environment and in particular the precious marine life that makes the KZN north coast so special. One of our earliest initiatives was to avoid single-use plastics, including no plastic straws. We pioneered the use of glass straws in Ballito. While they cost us a lot of money, the investment in our marine life is priceless. We hope that we will continue to inspire all our customers and other venues to do the same.

Community

We strive to create opportunity for those who would not otherwise have had it. Our original three kitchen team members were recruited through “Work for a Living”, an organisation that provides work-readiness training to previously unskilled people. Still with us from day one, all three are now cooks in the Alchemy kitchen. We regularly support local charitable events and fund-raisers. We favour small, independent and local suppliers over large corporates. We believe that every little action can collectively lead to big change.

ALCHEMY

ON-THE-MOVE

From a scalable mobile bar solution to simply advising on menu design, volumes or liquor supply, we can help you make your event or party the most memorable yet.The ‘Alchemy On-The-Move’ mobile bar is modular, and can adjust to suit your needs – opt for one barman and a limited drinks list, to three barmen with a more comprehensive cocktail and drinks offering. The primary offer is craft spirits and a selection of cocktails from the Alchemy menu. Beer on tap available, as well as wines of your choice from The ‘Other’ Room. Service available in KZN only.

Please complete the enquiry form below. Our barmen wear black or white Alchemy shirts with dark jeans or trousers. If you have a specific theme in mind, let us know. When required, a menu is printed and displayed in a timber frame. We use the same high quality glassware you will find at Alchemy, unless alternative glassware is provided. We do not use plastic straws. If you wish to use environmentally friendly glass straws that remain with you or your guests after the event, please let us know.

Once you have completed the enquiry form, we will contact you to discuss your event and provide a comprehensive quote. Indicative pricing:• SETUP AND BREAKDOWN: Min R1,500 set up if one section used, plus R1,000 for second section and R500 for third. BARTENDER (each): R150 per hour

 

  • BAR CREW / RUNNERS (each): R50 per hour
  • ICE: R25 per bag
  • GLASS HIRE: Cocktail R6 each, Beer R6 each, Wine R6,  (Breakages – refundable deposit R30 per glass)
  • TRAVEL: Additional R8,00 per km  (in excess of 50km from Ballito metro). Service is available in KZN only.
  • DRINKS: Based on requirements and menu selection, please provide details below.
  • GLASS STRAWS (if used): R10 each.



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Alchemy️ 2 days ago

Nothing tastes as satisfying as that first sip on a Friday 🍻 Our doors are open and we’re ready to make unforgettable memories with you this weekend ✨

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Alchemy️ 5 days ago

Make sure to book your spot for our Cocktail Masterclass next Thursday 18th April with @johnniewalkersa and @tanquerayza 🍹✨ The class will include making and drinking three unique cocktails per person and will be paired with irresistible canapés made by our chef, Jono Harrison. There are only a select number of tickets available so hurry and book your spot. Payment needs to be made in full in order to secure your booking. Bookings can be made via @dineplan_app 🔥

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Alchemy️ 1 week ago

Savor the flavours, swirl the wine and soak in the ambiance. A perfect trifecta awaits at Alchemy🍷✨

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Discover the science and art of mixology at Alchemy Bar, where every sip is a liquid masterpiece.

Our team is dedicated to curating a unique selection of spirits, beer, and wine, meticulously chosen with purpose and intent. We pride ourselves on serving local and craft beverages and also some truly unique finds from around the globe.

With our expertly mixed cocktails we celebrate the best classics, reimagined with an Alchemy twist, and provide a canvas for experimentation and innovation with our original Alchemy creations. Whether you’re savouring a cocktail or exploring our exceptional selection, we invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy the Alchemy magic!

Embark on a captivating journey at The ‘Other’ Room, our cellar, and retail outlet. Unveil the best-kept secrets of South Africa’s wine world, with our collection of lesser-known yet highly regarded estate wines, as well as experimental, unusual creations from independent winemakers.

What further sets The ‘Other’ Room apart is our focus on KZN wines and the finest locally crafted spirits. And of course, you won’t want to miss our award-winning Blackstrap Ginsala and Cassia Rum, made right here in Ballito!

One of our founder Theo’s fondest memories of living in New York is the city’s abundance of eateries serving all-day brunch or tapas, often with an amazing wine list and always with incredible cocktails. New York’s cosmopolitan and eclectic population ensures access to great cuisine from around the world. At Alchemy, we aim to bring a slice of that experience to our shores, with a small plates and weekend brunch menu designed to satisfy your food cravings, all day long. From Theo’s mom’s recipes to a tapestry of globally inspired dishes, each plate is presented with love, our usual commitment to excellence and our appetite for innovation.

At Alchemy, we blend tradition and innovation, and no less so in our distillery. Blackstrap Craft Distillery™ draws inspiration from the KZN North Coast’s rich heritage of sugarcane farming and sugar refining.

The very name, Blackstrap, is a nod to the viscous substance born during the sugarcane refining process. All our spirits, even the gin, are distilled from a sugar cane base.

Our very own GINSALA™ is more than just a gin; it’s a sensory exploration, a celebration of craftsmanship, and a testament to the marriage of tradition and innovation. Indulge in the limited volumes of this high-quality, small-batch gin that encapsulates the spirit of Alchemy—a place where heritage meets avant-garde.