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Aberdeen has many bars, pubs and clubs for all tastes based in the city centre. Bars close at 1am and clubs at 3am at weekends.
Justice Mill Lane
Good for cocktails and classy music, lots of late night venues; Amicus Apple, Nox, Dusk, Orchid, Prohibition (a great karaoke night on a Sunday) Paramount, Tonic, and the back doors to Soul and Soul Casino. Go down the road a bit further, and take a right onto Dee Street for Pearl Lounge nightclub or straight on to Crown Street.
Have 2 fantastic sports bars; The Stag which is newly opened in Dec 2012 and the long established Office Bar. You will find all the live sports you want between these two venues, good pub food and both provide great value for your money. Mim is where you will find fantastic cocktails and fusion food, they have a small bar area at the front of the venue which is always busy with customers looking for something different. Then move on around the corner to Windmill Brea. Now the home of Campus The garages Downstairs partner and delivers is student by big yellow bus. Korova bar and Kitchen serves homemade food all day and is open till late. Both target a student market; have a lot of variety in their music policies so there is something for everyone.
Soul is a great bar, a recently converted church up the top half on Union Street you can't miss it - does a fantastic selection of well-made cocktails. Gorgeous inside with two levels, also has a seating area outside! The Justice Mill, part of the JD Weatherspoons family is a very interesting place, lots of mutli coloured bright lights and decor. Plays chart music and the odd oldie. At the very top of Union Street you will find McGinty’s and The Collage, both good for live sports. There is also Abercrombie Bar which serves great food! Half way down is Society bar and the Monkey house. The Grill, Next to the Crown Street junction on Union street opposite the Music Hall, is a traditional Scot's pub with an historic mahogany-panelled interior. It has a no music policy and yet a fantastic atmosphere, the largest selection of Scottish whisky in the area, not to mention others from around the world, and a selection of "real ales". The Grill has won many awards including; Whisky Magazine's World Whisky Bar of the Year 2008, 2010 and 2011 and the Camra pub of the year award 2012 for the Grampian area. Considered ‘The place to go for a fine dram’ by all the whiskey drinker of Aberdeen this bar cannot be missed out, and the staff know all there is to know about all the whiskeys (over 500) on the shelves.
Belmont Street is between St Nicholas Church and Union Bridge and connects Union Street to School hill; it is a beautiful pedestrian area and it has many bars and places to eat. Drummonds is the place to go for live music every night from local bands and is open until 3am on Friday's and Saturday's. Slains Castle is opposite and is a gothic bar complete with eerie music, hidden toilets behind bookcases and creepy decor. Across the road you have Siberia or Vodka Bar; they have over 30 different shots to try varying from Rhubarb Rock and Parma Violet to Garlic and Chilli. They have a small beer garden which is always full in the summer. Next up is Revolution, a vodka bar which is trendy and very popular in the summer they also have a beer garden complete with patio heaters! A little bit further along is Wild Boar - bit quieter and very comfortable. Further up the street you then have Triple Kirks pub which is has cheap drink but as a result is full of students, and upstairs are Exodus which plays rock & indie music complete with sticky dance floor till 3am - and also attracts a strange type of clientele. Across from The Massive Church now a Nightclub The Priory, you will find an opening which leads you to enigma. Enigma has 3 areas inside and out all serving food and drink, the have regular BBQ’s and they show football in the court yard in the summer.
Harbour & Merchant Quarter
Malones and Malones Late Bar are both genuine Irish pubs located on Ship row. The Moorings Bar on Trinity Quay, which caters for a more alternative crowd, is probably the most unique pub in Aberdeen, being a pirate themed tiki bar with a huge range of booze, and open till 3am at weekends with live music. Next along is The Crown & Anchor on Regent Quay, which is very popular with sailors and other nautical types. Heading back up the hill on ship row from The Moorings you will find Tiger Tiger, and G casino both popular for great food and drinks also open late.
Indie/Alternative - Exodus, and The Moorings Bar which is open till 3am at weekends and caters for everything from death metal and grind core to 70s disco, depending on the phase of the moon.
Various - Espionage (3 floors, free entry), Priory (3 floors, free entry), Tiger Tiger (r&b chart ground level and Dance downstairs)
Dance - Pearl Lounge, Aurum, Institute, and downstairs at Tiger Tiger
80's - Club Tropicana, Boogie Bar
Pearl – Offering great student deals
Priory – An impressively large venue which has retained all the churches windows and internal features.
Babylon - great classics and chart hits (Friday and Saturday nights, smart dress, no trainers)
Institute Nightclub - Aberdeen's biggest and the best nightclub. Most popular club among students and locals alike, great music and amazing atmosphere! Guaranteed a good night out!
The Garage - Located on Windmill Brae. Institute too full? meh, may aswell go to garage. Cheap drink though!
Aurum Nightclub - Newly refurbished 2013 and is attached to society bar
Number 7 – Pole and exotic dancing, women and hen parties are welcome in this venue.
Underground Techno and House - 42 Below,
Windmill Brae - With the venue re-launching and under new management,
42 Below focuses on bringing the best in House, Techno and Electronica
to the streets of Aberdeen. Aberdeen's best independent House, Techno
and Electronic music venue. Open Fri & Sat (22:00 till 3AM)
Good Pubs, Good Beer!
If you are looking for a selection of traditional real ales, there are a few places you can find it! The Grill on union Street and The Prince of Wales both has a great selection, including Scottish and English ales. Back to Crown Street there is The Stag and further down you will find Carriages; they have a large quality selection. Also worth visiting are Under The Hammer, Archibald Simpsons (cheap beer - it's a Wetherspoons), The Old Blackfriars, and the Moorings Bar which has been voted CAMRA Town Pub of the Year three times.
BrewDog which is located at 17 Gallowgate just up from Broad street, it is off the beaten track but well worth a visit, originally brewed by local lads and its fantastic. If you fancy trying some different beers and see what the craft beer revolution is all about pop into the Bar . Here you'll not only find the craft beers made both the Brewdog brewery 40 miles away but also craft beers from other parts of the world.
Punk IPA, 5Am Saint and Trashy Blonde are all regulars but the beers change all the time and if you’re lucky you may find the excellent 18% Tokyo stout on draft. Guest beers on draft and there is also a huge selection of unusual bottled beers.
A safer Aberdeen
Many of the Drinking establishments in the city centre work together to make this a safer experience for all visitors, bar watch and Unight Aberdeen would like to welcome everyone visiting the city. You can download the Safer Aberdeen app free to your mobile phone for more information about the schemes.