The Alchemist, the Palatine Private Equity-backed cocktail bar and restaurant concept, is investing almost half a million pounds refurbishing Trinity Leeds and New York Street in Manchester.

The re-imagining of the sites will be led by Macaulay Sinclair, and will bring the two popular venues in line with the look and feel of The Alchemist’s most recent opening, Newcastle and the forthcoming site in Chester.

The theming will focus around The Alchemist’s trademark ‘copper-cased wonderland’ decor to create a richer, more immersive, and shareable bar and restaurant experience for guests.

Trinity Leeds, the third site and the first outside of Manchester, opened its doors in 2013 and has since sold almost 1.5million cocktails – approximately one cocktail a minute during trading hours.

The Leeds bar will undergo refurbishment from June 5, and will reopen later in the month following the £240,000 investment.

New York Street Manchester, which opened in 2012 as the second site for the brand, will close for refurbishment from June 19 and undergo a £180,000 transformation to align the site into The Alchemist’s current positioning, reopening for trading on 30th June.

Managing director Simon Potts said: “The design of our venues is paramount to the overall Alchemist experience, with drama, theatre and surprise at the heart. As the brand has evolved and grown, so has the look and feel of the Alchemist environments.

”The refurbishments will bring Trinity and New York Street in line with a warmer, more decadent and indulgent look and feel, in line with our recently opened venues. We’ll continue to do the same across other venues when the time is right as we maintain our expansion and growth plans.”