Move over whiskey, vodka and gin, because there's a new spirit of choice in town. Lovers of drinks with lemon and salt will be rejoicing as Alquimia Tequila Bar has rolled into Fortitude Vallery. But there's more to this agave-happy newbie than just slamming shots down.
More than 80 different types of the titular beverage line the shelves — including 60 from the US alone — because this is for serious, sophisticated drinkers only. While everyone is welcome, Alquimia isn't the kind of place you probably think of when you think of tequila. This isn't a seedy nightclub or a dodgy dive bar, or somewhere that will blare a certain '90s hip hop cover from its speakers.
Instead, it's a classy hangout that aims to show the finer side of its favoured clear liquid through a blend of premium offerings and tequila-based cocktails (alquimia means alchemy in Spanish, after all). Here, you can sip handpicked brands or fall in love with drinks with names such as Romero y Julia. A small selection of other alcoholic options — vodka, gin, rum, beer and wine — is also on offer, should you be in need something not made from the blue agave plant.
Alquimia is the latest place to take over the space on the corner of Ann and Warner streets, a spot that has seen more than a few businesses pass through in its time. Pairing its hefty drinks offering with DJ sets and other events, here's hoping this one's here to stay.
Find Alquimia Tequila Bar at 702 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. Visit their website and Facebook page for more information.