You would expect a Valencian bar to appear in the Guinness Book of Records for something related to sangria, noise or rice, but the fact of the matter is that the Doce Gin Club, on the corner of Calles Almirante Cadarso and Conde Altea, is there because it offers the widest variety of gins in the world!
At the last count there were 512 gins on offer at this colourful bar and restaurant run by Jorge and Vicente.
Affectionately known as ‘mother’s ruin’ in Britain, gin is made from juniper berries, and became very popular with the arrival of the Dutch king, William of Orange to the British throne in the 17th century.
Gin had its own Acts of Parliament in 1736 and 1751, when legislation was passed to restrict its used, which caused rioting in the streets of London, where it was the opium of the masses, or the aspirin of the poor.
Be that as it may, Doce Gin Club is a pleasant place to forget the problems of modern life and to set yourself some typically ridiculous challenge, such as sampling all 512 brands of gin, by which time there’ll probably be a lot more anyway.
There is also an adjacent restaurant to line your stomach before settling down to some serious drinking.
And as your sit there nursing your glass, staring into the heavens, take time to enjoy the stained glass window on the ceiling with views of classic Valencian monuments.