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Upper Haight Cocktail Bar the Alembic Reopens Saturday With New Book Smarts

The teams behind Two Sisters Bar and Books and the Booksmith are now in charge

Patricia Chang

The Alembic reopens after remodel

Book and drink lovers rejoice: Haight Ashbury’s most respected cocktail bar, the Alembic, is back open under new literary management as of this Saturday. After Alembic owner Magnolia Brewery declared bankruptcy in 2015 — don’t worry, it’s now been bought by Colorado’s New Belgium and will keep on brewing — the Haight Street cocktail bar was in ownership flux. Then nearby bookstore the Booksmith stepped in, pulling in the team behind the bookish Hayes Valley bar Two Sisters Bar and Books, which closed in 2017. The Alembic’s kitchen reopens on May 29th with Dillon Barry, previously of Johnson’s Saltbox, in charge there. And the partnership with the Booksmith and the Bindery, the bookstore’s dedicated events space, allows books for browsing and for sale at the bar. Dreamy.

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The Alembic

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