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Aberdeenshire nightlife venues

Whether you’re looking for live entertainment or just somewhere with a lively atmosphere, Aberdeenshire can deliver a memorable night out. These are just a few of our favourite places where you can have a drink. To get a flavour of the real Aberdeen, you should try a dram in The Grill on Union Street. Another institution is The Prince of Wales in St Nicholas Lane which has a great atmosphere. Nearby is the Old Blackfriars pub which is one of Aberdeen’s oldest hostelries and is worth a visit. So, too, is Under the Hammer, just off Golden Square, where conviviality and good ale flow freely. Moving out into the shire try The Broadstraik Inn west of Aberdeen which is an ideal stop for a drink after exploring Royal Deeside.

If it’s a touch of history you’re after, Ma Cameron’s snug bar in Little Belmont Street is the oldest in Aberdeen, dating back over 300 years. The pub today has a wide range of real ales and boasts a rooftop beer garden. Soul Bar is housed in the former Langstane Kirk at the Junction of Union Street and Bon Accord Street, Aberdeen. The bar is on the ground floor and blends ecclesiastical architecture and original stained glass windows with the sophisticated and sociable atmosphere of a modern, upmarket bar. There is also a lighter, more contemporary bar at the back.

Across Union Street The Tippling House in Belmont Street is a subterranean late-night tavern with a wide range of ‘boutique’ spirits and hand-crafted cocktails boasting imaginative names such as The Roosevelt Corollary, Daisy De Santiago and Diabolo Menthe. Travelling to the top of Union Street at its junction with Alford Place you arrive at The College Bar, developed within the former Christ’s College building. You can’t miss it with its two flaming torches burning brightly at the door.

Our picks


7 Stirling St, Aberdeen AB11 6ND

Born out of a lack of choice and a general distaste for the norm, CASC is an original concept bar in the heart of Aberdeen’s Merchant Quarter. Focusing on Cuban cigars, craft beer, Scotch whisky and artisan coffee, CASC aim to open your eyes to only the very best and most unusual. Their passion ensures that the staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic in every aspect of CASC, it’s products and ethos. Visit website


45 Langstane Pl, Aberdeen AB11 6EN

Dusk specialises in serving a diverse range of cocktails using only the freshest ingredients and first class spirits. Located in the heart of the granite city, it offers a unique drinking experience in stylish surroundings. Their dedication to providing only the finest has been recognised by Drambuie, which has chosen Dusk as a ‘lighthouse bar’, one of seven in the UK which will act as an ambassador for the brand. The venue won 2010 Scottish Style Bar of the Year and 2011 Trend Magazine Slanj Award. Visit website

The Noose & Monkey
Cocktail making

31-35 Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1NQ

The Noose & Monkey is right in the cultural soul of Aberdeen; offering a high-quality service and a delicious menu, compromising of fresh local produce. Enjoy an excellent range of mouth-watering main dishes and a fine lunch menu, to be enjoyed within a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Why not visit on an evening, on the last Friday of every month the bar hosts live blues nights. It’s also home to a delectable range of over 70 gins offering a delicious variety of classic cocktails, along with your favourite ales and lagers on draft and bottles. Visit website


333 Union St, Aberdeen AB11 6BS

Situated in the heart of the city centre, Soul is one of Aberdeen’s most popular and unique venues. Great for food or drinks, and even better when followed by a night upstairs in the casino which is open till 5am! Visit website

The College

9 Alford Pl, Aberdeen AB10 1YD

The College is the place to meet up for a quick drink after work, chill out after the grind or recharge your batteries over the weekend. Showing all major sporting events, it offers a calendar of sporting events so you never miss a game. Or if sport isn’t your thing, why not try a cocktail from the tasty cocktail list? At the weekend The College attracts a livelier crowd for some pre-club drinks and cocktails, as Babylon nightclub is situated directly above it. Visit website

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