DARLINGTON'S newest bar held a VIP opening last week.

Dr.inks is located at 3 Coniscliffe Road.

A spokesman said: "Dr.inks hopes to become the jewel in Darlington's social crown, purveying the finest in premium cocktails, imaginative craft gins and a full range of carefully selected draughts, ales, beers and spirits."

The bar is based in a recently restored historic townhouse.

"Each floor has been designed to suit a different mood. Whether that be the intimacy of our basement Gin Bar, the ground floor’s fun and quirky socialising space, including a sunny drinks garden or finally the cool sophistication of our upstairs lounge, with its private members club vibe."