Having enjoyed myself at Brewdog Castlegate, it was mandatory to pay a visit at the original location. This is a must for any beer traveler. It offers the same hipster environment: a large airy room with tables and hightops scattered about. There is a averagesize bar, where you get one of the many fine beers available. Of course, Punk IPA, a great sessional and a dark one all made for a wonderful evening - as he wandered to his hotel. Next stop is Edinburgh; we shall see what their Brewdog has to offer.
The first Brewdog bar and it’s pretty tiny! This place gets packed at weekends though you can usually get a seat. Plenty of options on draft from both their own range plus guests (all keg except the "is it cask?" Dead pony live. Good bottle selection though I never really investigate it. Knowledgeable staff, happy to offer tasters. The bar provides growler refills like most Brewdog bars and plays good music usually though often has acoustic performances that vary in quality. Food is limited to cheese and boards and I think pies and scotch eggs. Board games available. Has regular events such as tap takeovers/meet the brewer nights.
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.