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Alchemist names Liverpool as first Aether location

The Alchemist bar chain has chosen Grosvenor’s Liverpool One to launch the first location for its new brand, Aether, in September.

The Alchemist is the popular Palatine Private Equity–backed, Simon Potts-led group, which grew out of the Manchester-based Living Ventures.

Aether will be next to The Club House on Chavasse Park. The 1,600 sq ft bar will have a focus on cocktails and live music. Created by Nottingham-based interior design agency, Macaulay Sinclair, Aether will capture “the glamour of a bygone era” and feature 21 cocktails focusing on the elements, similar to The Alchemist.

Providing 40 covers inside, Aether will also include a performance area for artists from neo-soul, jazz and hip-hop genres. Additional alfresco seating for 80 covers will overlook Chavasse Park.

Commenting on choosing Liverpool One to launch Aether, Simon Potts said: “The Alchemist is a great brand that continues to grow at a sensible rate – there’s a really exciting pipeline of openings for the core business and a clear strategy for expansion. We’re an entrepreneurial team at heart though and when the opportunity to do something a little different presented itself we wanted to take that challenge on. We look forward to introducing the new concept later this year.”

Alison Clegg, director, asset management, Grosvenor Europe, added: “Aether is very exciting and will add something quite special to Liverpool One’s thriving evening economy. We have a strong track record of working closely with leading brands to create the ideal space within Liverpool One. Our collaboration with The Alchemist team is set to become a new hotspot in the city.”

Cushman & Wakefield and Metis Real Estate acted for Liverpool One. Westmark Estates and Harlow Property Consultants both represented Aether, on behalf of The Alchemist.

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