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A little pretentious

I really enjoyed the couple of gins i had here and love the concept of a tiny room focusing on gin... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kelly W
Great Bar

First visit to this gin bar. Very warm welcome from 2 lovely guys who explained all to us and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday

Decided we had to visit this bar on a recent stay in Durham as it sounded unique. It is definitely something different and quite quirky. The guy serving the drinks was very friendly and there was a great choice of gins but the price, oh...More

1  Thank Margaret P
Reviewed 2 days ago

I really enjoyed the couple of gins i had here and love the concept of a tiny room focusing on gin, however felt the barman wasn't as personable as he might have been.

Thank Kelly W
Reviewed 4 days ago

First visit to this gin bar. Very warm welcome from 2 lovely guys who explained all to us and advised us what to choose. Mammoth choice! Good gin, well served and presented. Will return.

Thank Oilcanman
Reviewed 5 days ago

Smallest bar in Durham with the biggest personality. Great place for an afternoon gin or anytime gin to be honest. Staff were friendly and knowledgable and made any gin combination you fancied. Brilliant place. Will be back.

Thank Joanne988
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quirky but staff were overly opinionated and lacking in knowledge. We were told that there was no such thing as a particular flavoured gin and when I asked for another favourite was told that Mary le Bone was not very good and they therefore did...More

Thank barbarajamieson100
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not big enough to swing a cat in, but with 350 flavours of gin this is a must for gin lovers. Seats maybe about 8 at a squeeze but it has a friendly atmosphere and a knowledgeable bar staff. Not really much more to say...More

Thank 0-Norrie-0
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Durham for only 1 night. We got in the queue as this bar looked so cool and somewhere we should have visited. When we got to the front of the queue we were turned away as it was full to capacity despite...More

1  Thank SLR110193
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

The barman Teddy seemed like he would panic at a disco. The small blonde lass had terrible language. All in all it was bloody awful. Having previously been served by an expert member of staff, I was disappointed to be rushed, dismissed and spoken to...More

3  Thank Scott P
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Visited yesterday with friends. We are all gin lovers so this is a great bar to visit with it's extensive gin menu. The bar is really quirky, it only seats 16 people inside. This gives it a very friendly atmosphere. Yesterday we sat outside, only...More

1  Thank Alison G
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

A very quirky little bar, friendly knowledgeable barman, with a fantastic variety of gins, mixers and botanicals, would definitely recommend it to any gin lover.

1  Thank Paul H
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