We love the newly opened The Tin of Sardines in Durham, which is claimed to be the world’s smallest bar.
The Tin has no ‘bar’ as such, just a wall of the most fabulous handcrafted gins, tonics, herbs and accompaniments owner and ginologist Ben Davis grows in his allotment which includes everything from black tomatoes to chillies and blue peas. He is assisted by fellow ginologist Connah Jarvis and between them they offer gin tastings and History of Gin sessions during the week when the place is less busy.
The bar has over 216 gins including some really rare collectibles such as different distillers cuts of monkey 47 which range from £280- £1300 a bottle. Shots of the rare gins can cost between £35-£75 a shot.
The bar is licensed for 26 so prepare for a friendly experience.
“We had so many in the other week we were literally crammed in like sardines,” laughs Ben. “We had to keep asking customers to pass us bottles of gin and glasses, they loved it.”
Tin of Sardines, 18 Elvet Bridge, Durham, DH1 3AA.
Photocredit: Alex Poole Photography