Taste top-shelf tequila at Fortitude Valley’s Alquimia
Quietly emerging onto the Fortitude Valley scene, Alquimia is setting itself as one of Brisbane’s best hidden gems.
Nico Iaia has accumulated 14 years in the hospitality industry, working in various roles in cocktail bars in Barcelona, the Canary Islands, Paris, London and now Brisbane. With an eye for quality atmosphere and what makes a cocktail bar successful, Nico is bringing his outsider point of view to Brisbane’s entertainment district. Well versed in the qualities of many spirits, Nico has fostered a particular love for tequila – a taste that has informed the aesthetic of his new tequila bar, Alquimia (pronounced al-keem-ia). Enjoying the challenge of opening a dedicated tequila bar, Nico and his partner Julie Thompson and business partner Fabio Morganti are endeavouring to remove the stigma surrounding the spirit, proving that it is one of the best and most versatile clear spirits available. With a distinct emphasis on the hospitable aspect of hospitality, Alquimia is a classy and inviting space where patrons are welcomed by friendly staff. Nico and his team are endeavouring to educate drinkers on how to drink well, with a variety of imported and top shelf spirits available at a reasonable price.
Alquimia is currently stocked with 87 types of tequila, sourced from around the world. 60 tequilas have been imported from the United States, with the finest flavours coming from boutique distilleries throughout Mexico. Recognisable brands share shelf space with the small batch producers, which Nico hand selects. The cocktail menu consists of a concise selection of classic tequila-based recipes with a twist. Must try drinks include the Jalisco Ice Tea, with Jose Cuervo Traditional Blaco tequila, lemon, early grey, peach and egg white or the El Mariachi Julep with Centenario Reposado, honey fig chilli and terragon. In addition to tequila, Alquimia stocks 10 rums, 10 gins and a small batch of vodkas, as well as 12 bottled beers and one tap variety. The wine selection is exclusive, with a neat offering of whites, reds, rosés, sparking wines and champagne. Of particular note is Alquimia’s cocktail tap, which pours a rotating concoction of pre-mixed Herradura-based cocktail. Sundays will see Alquimia hosting aperitivo afternoons, with small complementary plates, charcuterie and cheeses available from 3:00–6:00 pm. Nico is endeavouring to make Alquimia the kind of bar where the bartenders know your name and drink of choice. If that sounds like a spot you can enjoy, head the Stumble Guide for more information.
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