Called the Flagship among the BrewDog bars because it was the first one, established in 2010, and because of being in the hometown of the brewery. The place is relatively typical for the BrewDogs bar with its post-industrial, minimalistic décor in steel, stone and wood. A four-sided cozy room, medium sized, with a bar serving 11 of their own beers and six guests on keg. Beers can be obtained on a sampler tray in one-third glasses. In addition, there is a good range of bottled craft beers on display in a separate cupboard on the public side of the bar. For lunch I had a tasty cheese and meat platter. Polite service. Brit rock in the background, such as Stone Roses and Echo and the Bunnymen. Central location, just a few minutes off Union Street, close to Six Degrees North. A real pleasure to stay in a place like this (visited 18.04.2016).
As others have mentioned, BrewDog’s original bar is surprisingly small. I visited at around 4pm on a Saturday and found the place a bit cramped despite having only 30ish customers. I imagine that an evening visit on a Friday or Saturday would be intolerable. The modest amount of taps here meant that the usual array of guest beers that I’m used to seeing at other BrewDog locations was pretty restricted. There were roughly 12 BD beers on plus a couple of guests from Firestone Walker and Stone. The BD beers on tap were fairly common offerings, so I ended up settling with a half of Dead Pony. Service was a bright spot. My bartender was very friendly, relaxed. Prices were OK for a visiting Londoner. Overall, the original bar has been exceeded by other branches (Sheps Bush, Manchester). If you’ve been to a BrewDog bar before, there’s nothing really unique about this place that warrants a visit. However, it was still fun to check out the original branch.
About 9 BrewDog beers on tap plus about 8 guest taps. Some of the guest taps were stellar, such as Mikkellar Black and alesmith Old Numbskull. Bottles beers available too. Friendly, knowledgeable service. Pub is rather small, crowded and loud.
This is one of the best bars in Aberdeen. The selection is abundant with a variety of BrewDog stuff in both bottle and draught as well as a rotating board of guest beers. The ambiance is cosy, theres no TV so no need to shout to speak to your party.
Relatively speaking the selection is phenomenal as Aberdeen can be pretty uninspiring for beer at times, on impartial terms the selection is much the same as any other BrewDog bar.
There are some items of food on the menu, I havent tried anything so cannot comment. From a distance it looks good and the "gourmet" label is applicable.
A night spent in here will rack you up a considerable bill but they carry some exclusives which are hard to source so the prices are justified in those cases - BD brewery is less then 30 minutes away and one might expect the BD range to be cheaper here but it isnt.
Staff can be a bit patronizing at times - informing every punter, without prompt, about what makes a good stout and why you should drink IPAs.
With the arrival of a few other bars nearby; I’d choose them over this place.
Visited on Wednesday and Thursday evening, both days were quite crowded. Most about 8 of their headliners and 8 guest beers on tap, more in bottle. Too bad that they dot have any of their special limited ones on tap. Staff is very friendly and helpful.
Visited during Xmas 2014. The concept is nicely done, half of the taps with brewdog’s own stuff, half guest taps, loads of great Americans when I visited. The prices are also pretty decent, at least half price of what I’d pay in Norway. The service was very good, you’d get a small taste of the brews (without asking) if you wonder what it’s like. The staff would also go to lenghts to figure out your questions, one of the guys spent at least five minutes finding the right pies and one of those Brewdog merch beer bags for me. The pies were awesome btw, try the beef.
Visited on both the Friday and Saturday nights of the BD AGM weekend, June 2014.
Small and compact compared to other BD bars but similar decor, clean and spartan, booth seating around the edges, high and low mix.
Good range of BD and guests on tap, service was really good considering it was choca full on our visits. Didn’t really get chance to investigate the bottle list, was easier just to hit stuff on tap, some one off BA numbers from Oskar Blues were a bonus.
Overall a solid stop if you’re in town.