My new favourite cocktail bar | Dr.inks in Darlington
I’m from a small, countryside town, that generally turns their nose up at the nearby town of Darlington. You hear it from the grown ups which then filters down to the kids, but I’m glad that kind of attitude didn’t influence me when I was younger because I’ve had some of the best years and memories in good ol’ Darlo!
One of my favourite thing to do of recent years is discover new places to eat and drink, and generally support independent businesses, which, come to think of it, Darlington has a lot of.
A new bar called Dr. inks opened at the end of Summer and I heard it was small and cosy, so I decided to give it some time before checking it out. I need someone to clarify on how to prounounce the name; is it Doctor inks or is it Drinks?!
We popped in for a couple of G&Ts before heading to the cinema, and honestly, I really didn’t want to leave – partly because I didn’t want to go and watch Creed 2 but also because of how festive and cosy it was at Dr.inks…
The Christmas decorations were installed and there was quirky features in every corner of the restored townhouse. The word ‘delightful’ was how the bartender described it and I would agree, there isn’t a better word for it. It felt like I was in a Charles Dickens novel, except there was a bar behind me and a DJ setting up in front. We left before his set but I’ll definitely come back with girls next time to check out what vibe it is on a Saturday night.
It’s a small cocktail bar but it is a townhouse after all, so with 3 floors, 2 bars, a snug and a secret garden… I can’t think of a better way to enjoy a rhubarb gin and tonic this festive season!