Aberdeen has always had a good drinking scene that’s managed to meet the demands of everyone from the traditionalists to the more upmarket crowd.
Recently though, the Granite City has seen a flurry of new cocktail joints and café bars opening up.
Here we offer a guide to ten of the best.
If you’re after a comfortable, casual pint, in a traditional pub, surrounded by furry taxidermy friends, The Stag is for you. With its wood panelling and antler chandeliers, a big screen for sports and a menu full of hearty grub, The Stag is the perfect venue for a relaxed Saturday afternoon.
6 Crown St, Aberdeen AB11 6HB
The Tippling House
The Tippling House’s self-description of a “subterranean late night tavern serving boutique spirits and hand-crafted cocktails” pretty much sums it up. Situated at the end of bustling Belmont Street, a short flight of stairs leads you down into the atmospheric bar which is always busy with cocktail lovers tucked into its cosy booths.
4 Belmont St, Aberdeen, AB10 1JE
This quirky loft bar is all about the rum. Granted it’s in a bit of an odd location – upstairs in a shopping centre – but it’s a little hidden gem all the same. Constructed of upcycled pallets and coffee sacks, Bos’n offers Latin American inspired cocktails and snacks and its talented, friendly bartenders are always happy to whip up a bespoke, fruity concoction if you ask nicely.
The Academy, Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1L
Whisky lovers rejoice! 500 scotch whiskies and a massive craft beer selection await you in CASC. Beers are colour coded by style and include pale ale, stout, double IPA, weisse, fruit and saison. Conveniently, the 24 draught lines rotate regularly for a constantly changing tap list and an excuse for justifying a weekly visit.
7 Stirling St, Aberdeen, AB11 6ND
“Born from a passion for Belgian beer”, Six Degrees North is another one for the craft beer lovers, with an extensive and diverse range. The owner, Robert Lindsay AKA Brewbob, lived in Belgium for three years before opening the bar’s namesake brewery in nearby Stonehaven, which provides more than 350 types of beers on tap and bottle, including ten of its own brews. The interior is minimalist, bright and open and leaves the impressive craft collection to take pride of place.
6 Littlejohn St, Aberdeen, AB10 1FF
Situated in a beautiful church conversion, Soul is one of Aberdeen’s most unique and popular bars. With original, opulent stained glass windows and ornate features, a large central island bar and an airy conservatory area, Soul strikes the balance between laid-back and lively. Plus, the DJ plays from the former pulpit, sounds weird but totally works.
333 Union St, Aberdeen, AB11 6BS
99 Bar and Kitchen
Ninety Nine Bar is a cosy, candlelit cocktail bar with homemade drinks’ ingredients and quirky infusions. The small upstairs area features comfy sofas whilst downstairs has wooden carved furniture and quiet corners to tuck yourself into. Expect DJs on a weekend, live music during the week and some of the best cocktails in Aberdeen.
1 Back Wynd, Aberdeen, AB10 1JN
Undergoing a stylish refurbishment last year, Orchid is an award-winning, classy establishment. Its dark wood, copper features and leather Chesterfield chairs give it a relaxed, sophisticated and inviting vibe. The talented team of mixologists have created a unique, impressive cocktail list using their own infused gins and vodkas and intriguing ingredients. It’s a cocktail lover’s dream.
51 Langstane Pl, Aberdeen, AB11 6EN
Illicit Still is a quirky, two-level bar with gothic-style features and comfortable furnishings to kick back in. It’s a bit of a maze with lots of hidden nooks and crannies and a mix between comfy booths and long tables. There’s something for everyone with pool tables, plenty of HD TVs for showing sport and regular live music every month.
22 Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen, AB10 1AU
Under the Hammer
Hidden away on a quiet side street under an auction house (hence the name), this basement pub is perfect for a laid-back catch up with friends in a relaxed, mellow atmosphere. You won’t find cocktails or blaring music but it has a variety of beers from Scottish breweries and affordable works from local artists on the exposed brick walls.
11 N Silver St, Aberdeen, AB10 1RJ