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Aberdeen Nightlife

Catering for its student population and transient workforce attracted by the oil industry, Aberdeen has a cosmopolitan mix of bars and nightclubs with something for all tastes and preferences. Much of the best nightlife is around Union Street.

Whether you want to see the latest pop group, listen to classical music or sample the city's growing craft beer scene, you'll be able to do it all in Aberdeen. For comprehensive listings of what's on, visit www.list.co.uk. Buy tickets direct from the venue or through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.co.uk) or TicketWeb (www.ticketweb.co.uk).

Bars in Aberdeen

BrewDog Aberdeen

Native to Aberdeenshire, and a pioneer of the city's craft beer renaissance, BrewDog's flagship bar is set in a funky, warehouse-like space. Expect a cavernous deconstructed interior with wooden stools, bare walls, and enthusiastic staff serving 100 different brews with strong and feisty flavours, including guest beers.

Address: , 17 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, AB25 1EB
Telephone: +44 1224 631 223
Website: http://www.brewdog.com/bars/uk/aberdeen

Prince of Wales

Dating from 1850, the Prince of Wales is renowned for its handsome Victorian bar, carved wooden features, finely etched mirrors, and partition seating. Expect a decent selection of real ales and pub grub, too. Each Sunday from 2030 hours there's a free-for-all acoustic music jam.

Address: , 7 St Nicholas Lane, Aberdeen, AB10 1HF
Telephone: +44 1224 640 597
Website: http://www.princeofwales-aberdeen.co.uk

Slain’s Castle

Drawing inspiration from the ruins of Slains Castle, which were said to have influenced the setting of Bram Stoker's Dracula, this pub has a gothic core and also offers food and cocktails. Set in an old church, it attracts a young and student crowd who lap up the horror-themed cocktails and drinks promotions. Events range from open mics and live music gigs to pub quizzes and game nights.

Address: , 14-18 Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1JH
Telephone: +44 1224 631 877
Website: http://www.eerie-pubs.co.uk/slainscastle

Clubs in Aberdeen


Housed in a former monastery, this gothic inspired venue is one of the city's premier nightspots for the smart set. Expect dark, decadent interiors, glam waitresses, and fabulous cocktails. Situated just below the glitzy venue is the more laid-back College Bar, which is one of the best sports bars in town.

Address: , 9 Alford Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1YD
Telephone: +44 1224 595 001
Website: http://www.pbdevco.com/babylon.html


With four bars and two dance floors across three stories, Espionage is a gargantuan space that plays chart music, pop, cheesy tunes, and mainstream dance music. Open every day of the week, it's a popular and populist affair that brings in punters through its cheap drink deals.

Address: , 120 Union Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1JJ
Telephone: +44 1224 561 006

The Tippling House

A new addition to Aberdeen's nightlife scene, The Tippling House is a subterranean joint that changes from a casual evening hangout for quality food and drink to a sophisticated late night underground drinking den, with a members club feel. Expect an innovative cocktail menu, tasting events, and excellent seafood.

Address: , 4 Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1JE
Website: http://www.thetipplinghouse.com

Live music in Aberdeen

Cellar 35 @ Noose & Monkey

In the heart of the beguiling Rosemount area, this pub and cellar venue is a top spot for live gigs. It's a good place to start a night out before heading next door to Cellar 35, an intimate 80 capacity venue. Events span the gamut from guitar music to eclectic DJ sets.

Address: , 31-35 Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, AB25 1NQ
Telephone: +44 1224 640 483
Website: http://www.thenooseandmonkey.com

Music Hall

Currently undergoing a £7m refurbishment is the city's premier concert space. It hosts a wide variety of shows, performances, and events with everyone from violinist Nicola Benedetti and BBC Scottish Symphony to the National Jazz Orchestra. Completed in 1822, the Music Hall opened to the public in 1859, it features stunning murals dating back to 1899.

Address: , Union Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1QS
Telephone: +44 1224 641 122
Website: http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/musichall

The Lemon Tree

Cutting edge performances are the hallmark of The Lemon Tree. It's a buzzy venue focusing on alternative entertainment and experimental music as well as emergent talent in theatre, dance, and comedy. It also features a first floor Studio for intimate performances showcasing theatre and dance productions, as well as two relaxing bars.

Address: , 5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT
Telephone: +44 1224 641 122
Website: http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/venues/the-lemon-tree

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Featured Hotels


Roselea Hotel

The Roselea is housed in a listed Aberdonian granite house built in the mid 19th century. This is a friendly, family-run guesthouse situated close to bus and rail links and the ferry terminal for Orkney and Shetland Islands ferries. Every bedroom has a TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Craighaar Hotel

An award-winning hotel located just off the A96 provides easy links to the City centre and Aberdeen Airport. Enjoy a luxurious experience at an affordable price.

Skene House Suites

Skene House Suites are serviced apartments that offer an affordable alternative, particularly for groups. Prices are per suite, per night, so the larger suites become great value for money if shared by a few people. The suites are all located in the centre of Aberdeen and are all well appointed and individually designed.

Chester Hotel

Perhaps the smartest hotel address in town is this handsome 19th-century granite villa on Queens Road. Their Classic and Grand guest rooms have muted colours and intelligent en-suites, while two lavish Clubrooms occupy the entire top floor. Facilities include sumptuous dining, a bar with booths, and over 60 treatments in its IX Beauty Centre.

Park Inn by Radisson

This reliable Radisson hotel in the city centre uses modern architecture to blend in wonderfully with the Granite City surroundings. With 185 rooms to choose from, plus all mod cons and that Radisson stamp of quality, the Park Inn is the best mid-range chain option in Aberdeen.

Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel

Ardoe House is a luxurious modern hotel housed in an impressive 19th-century mansion house overlooking Royal Deeside and located just 5km (3 miles) from the city centre. It has 109 individually designed bedrooms with great views of the surrounding estate, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, tennis courts, gym, beauty salons and two restaurants and two bars.