Jan 3, 2024 - News

Alchemy 48 brings speakeasy cocktails to downtown Mesa

A cocktail parlor.

Photo: Jessica Boehm/Axios

I can't stop raving about Alchemy 48, a new speakeasy underneath Level 1 Arcade Bar in downtown Mesa.

State of play: Speakeasies are a dime a dozen in the Valley these days, and many are gimmicky. So I was pleasantly surprised by this spot that opened in November.

Zoom in: You either have to walk through the arcade bar or enter through the back to reach the staircase to Alchemy 48. Once inside, your party must solve a riddle to find the main door to the cocktail parlor.

  • Between the sneaky entrance and 1920s decor, you'll feel like you're living through Prohibition.

Drink up: The cocktail list is expansive, with spirit-forward options like the Alchemy R N' R, a house-made rock and rye old fashioned, and bubbly pours like the French 48.

  • Everything my group ordered was guzzled down and quickly refilled.

Be smart: The bar is open every day until at least midnight, making it one of very few late-night options in downtown Mesa.

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