38 Commercial Rd, Exeter EX2 4AE Commercial Rd, Exeter EX2 4AE
We visited Dr Ink’s a few weeks ago after an event and although it was only a brief visit, I’ve been eager to write something about this lovely establishment for a while.
There are quite a few places in Exeter that do cocktails now. They range from the pre-made stuff in cartons, to fine concoctions made by men with beards. A good cocktail is easy to come by in Exeter these days but an exceptional one is even harder.
I could name a number of places that are ‘must-go’ and you must go, because the cocktail landscape of Exeter is a varied and complex thing. Nuances, differences, things done in a slightly different way in one bar and not in another, quirks.
But here is Doctor Ink’s Curiosities on the Quayside, tucked in behind the Customs House it makes little impression on the Quay from outside. But step inside and you are presented with a classic styled cocktail bar with a wall of brightly lit spirits and lots of red velvet.
This is the quirkiest of them all, this is just theatre.
Doctor Ink’s isn’t the cheapest place in town but you’re not coming here for special offers – There is a lot of pride taken in the stories behind each drink and the authenticity of the ingredients used. The menu is presented in a hardback book and there is, when they are quieter, a table service.
Proudly independent, their cocktails each have a story. They are created with an attention to detail which only goes to show the passion that their mixologists put in to every drink.