Northeast Scotland drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Aberdeen

Orchid

The winner of Scotland’s Best Cocktail Bar 2017 is a relaxed and welcoming spot, quietly confident in its wide-ranging knowledge and expertise. Offers regular gin- and whisky-tasting sessions as well as mixology cla…
Bar in Dundee

D'Arcy Thompson

Bentwood chairs, old laboratory stools and a handful of discreetly displayed Victorian zoological specimens pay tribute to the eponymous Dundee professor of natural history (1860–1948) who once worked at the univers…
Wine Bar in Aberdeen

Grape & Grain

Decadent decor of deep blue-green panelling, designer copper light fittings and mirrored walls tempts you to linger in this classy wine bar – there are even wireless phone chargers built into the tabletops. The cell…
Pub in Aberdeen

Globe Inn

This lovely Edwardian-style pub with wood panelling, marble-topped tables and walls decorated with old musical instruments is a great place for a quiet afternoon drink. It serves good coffee, as well as real ales an…
Bar in Dundee

Braes

Students from the nearby university crowd the tables at this modern bar with its cute, Scandinavian-style decor (lots of colourfully painted wood panelling) and views across the rooftops to the Tay Bridge. A good ra…
Pub in Dufftown

Grouse Inn

A pub famed for its whisky collection, the Grouse has an astounding 235 different malt whiskies on the optic behind the bar, and more than 700 to choose from. There's also a tearoom (open 10am to 6pm Saturday to Thu…
Pub in Aberdeen

Blue Lamp

A long-standing feature of the Aberdeen pub scene, the Blue Lamp is a favourite student hang-out – a cosy drinking den with good beer and craic (lively conversation) and regular sessions of live jazz and stand-up co…
Pub in Dundee

Speedwell Bar

Known to generations of Dundonians as 'Mennie's' (Mrs Mennie was a former barkeeper), this university district pub, 1.5 miles west of the city centre, is the city's best preserved Edwardian bar, complete with acres …
Cafe in Arbroath

Old Bean Coffee House & Cocktail Bar

This laid-back little cafe serves the best coffee in town (using locally roasted Sacred Grounds coffee beans), along with a menu of bagels, waffles, salads and panini. On Friday and Saturday evenings it morphs into …
Pub in Dundee

Drouthy's

A perfectly unpretentious local pub, serving a wide range of Scottish and international craft beers and an all-day menu of tempting pub grub (mains £8 to £10), including irresistible gourmet burgers. Live music in t…