The Gin Closet might be small, but it has bundles of charm. Here are just a few reasons why you should seek out this petite-sized bar in Newcastle.

It's an intimate bar

The Gin Closet lays claim to being the UK’s smallest gin bar at just 11 square metres inside, with space for only 15 people.

In a former life, this Georgian building was public loos for women, but in 2022 it was transformed into an elegant bar with exposed brickwork, high stools and mirrors. And instead of a bar area, it features a glass cabinet crammed with bottles of gin.

Expect to get cosy with your plus one and strike up a conversation with other drinkers!

Perfectly located in Newcastle

The bar is situated on High Bridge, a beautiful cobbled street which connects Newcastle’s bustling Bigg Market with Grey Street, meaning you’re surrounded by lots of other bars and restaurants. So, if you want to make a day of it, you’re already in the heart of the city.

It’s also a great spot for a pre-performance tipple, with the Theatre Royal and The Stand comedy club both a short walk away.

Lots of gin!

Gin lovers rejoice, as the bar has curated the finest selection of gins you’ll find anywhere in the city.

Even if you’re not usually a fan of gin – there is a drink in here for you, as literally every flavour combination is covered!

Gin Closet drink

A personal service

As you might expect from a dinky-sized bar like this, the service is very attentive.

Press a little bell on the wall and the bar person will magically appear to take your drinks order.

On my visit, they were so chatty and friendly, and great at making recommendations based on my favourite ingredients.

Shhh it's a hidden gem

Blink and you might miss this bar, as its frontage – a pastel blue door with no windows – is discreet and understated. 

It’s the definition of a hidden gem…well, for now at least.

But remember, it’s walk-ins only, so you have to time it well to grab a coveted seat!

Gin Closet entrance on High Bridge

The Gin Closet has a sister bar

The Gin Closet has a sister bar located around the corner, which also used to be public loos.

WC boasts a stunning glass roof and serves some of the best cocktails in Newcastle. It’s definitely worth a visit before or after the Gin Closet, especially if you like your bars snug, with a quirky heritage to boot.

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