Aberdeen Beer Guide: Your Aberdeen guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Aberdeen

72 /100 213 UNION STREET
“Visited years ago, but as the latest reviews say ,I think the Grill its still similar ... single room pub with dark wood and small selection of 5/6 hand pumps with not big fantasy ... the selection of whisky is absolutely fantastic.. I hope for the ladies they changed their toilet ;)“
jorge76 177 days ago
76 /100 UNION SQUARE
“april 19“
everhate 343 days ago
80 /100 5-9 UNION STREET
“april 19“
everhate 343 days ago
100 /100 17 GALLOWGATE
“Great location“
pb 354 days ago
80 /100 500 KING STREET
“do keep in mind this is a student bar, staff and customers are really friendly, nice place to have a couple of pints after class or work. food is good, nothing special but does the job nicely. 25p pancakes on tuesdays and 25p chicken wings on wendsdays are amazing.“
BrewRespek45 522 days ago
68 /100 10 TRINITY STREET
“Aitchie's Ale House is a bit of an Aberdeen institution. It is located right by the train station and offers refreshment for weary travellers from early morning though eve. Feels like it should be rougher around the edges given the harbourside location and the fact that it is a favourite with proper boozers and stag dos, but it just isn't. Traditional and well-kept. Very good service and a well maintained bar. Winner of the best pint of Tennents in Scotland in the 90s apparently. Anyhow I digress.... they offer a very well kept permanent cask tap of Dark Island and Beer Story on Keg, as well as a couple of their offerings in cans / bottles. Food is scampy fries and pies/bridies. Not really a beer scoopers go-to, but a worthwhile visit nonetheless.“
Scopey 532 days ago
76 /100 UNION SQUARE
“Brewdog's first foray into the shopping centre market! Sounds odd, but it is in a great location. Upstairs in Union Square shopping centre, which is perfect for the train or bus station. It is set up more like a restaurant with staff welcoming you at the door and finding you a table, although there is some "casual" seating on the right near the bar. Typical identikit BD interior. Manager here is super friendly and always has a chat. Good service. There are 20ish taps with a 50:50 mix of BD to guests. Has good rotation due to busy central location. Fridges to drink in or to go are located right at the back near the kitchen. Offers something a bit different to the other BD bars in town in a very hand location. Decent.“
Scopey 532 days ago
68 /100 33 EXCHANGE STREET
“This place is now part of Brewdog's Drafthouse chain, in the premises formerly occupied by the Musa restaurant. Quite a transformation, the downstairs area is much larger. Big screen sport now being shown. The beer selection is frankly fairly dull, the Drafthouse beers that Brewdog have had brewed aren't great. The jury is out on this place, for me“
Cheeseboard 578 days ago
84 /100 UNION SQUARE
“Food led Brewdog bar in the Union Square shopping centre. Handy for the main railway station. It's a big space with a mixture of booths & tables, with table service for both food and drinks. 20+ keg lines, the usual mix of Brewdog's own beers plus guests. Super friendly staff, if anyone ever thought that a bar in a shopping centre wouldn't work this is proof that it does“
Cheeseboard 578 days ago
68 /100 2 GUILD STREET
“Located down near the harbour, close to the bus & train stations and around the corner from CASC. A cafe bar vibe with coffee seemingly a large part of the offer. 16 beers on offer via a large chalk board on the wall. The selection was reasonable, prices were moderate to steep. Think this place will struggle to attract the craft crowd, with plenty of competition close by“
Cheeseboard 590 days ago
66 /100 33 EXCHANGE STREET
“Part of Brewdog owned Draft House chain in a former Musa building. A nice space over two floors. Live football on big screen gets plus points from me. Food looked good though didn't try. Beer list not most exciting though Schneider Weisse house beer was lovely. One cask ale on at a reasonable 2.90 per pint. One guest beer was off as staff were having pouring problems. Another wasnt as advertised as line had changed but not pump clip (resulting in having a stronger beer though we were undercharged given this). Visited in first week of opening so hopefully these problems will smoothen out.“
joetownpunk 614 days ago
76 /100 UNION SQUARE
“As the other review stated, not the type of place you would choose to drink as more of a restaurant feel (food is good) but handy for location for trains and cinema or to break up a shopping trip. Usual Brewdog tap selection with some guests so can’t complain about beer selection. Service was really good.“
joetownpunk 691 days ago
64 /100 11 NORTH SILVER STREET
“Nice little pub, always good atmosphere. Candles on tables. Not the best for selection, 2cask ales (often not the most exciting and from past experience can be a bit hit or miss) and Pilsner Urquell on tap.“
joetownpunk 691 days ago
70 /100 UNION SQUARE
“Definitely more of a restaurant than a bar, Brewdog certainly aren't obvious with their bar locations. Slap bang in the middle of a shopping centre, the look is trad Brewdog, but it doesn't really have much of a drinking area, feeling very much arranged for fast food diners as opposed to serious drinkers. Still quite handy for a last beer before a bus or train.“
Scotty001 740 days ago
36 /100
Blue Lamp (Bar)
121 GALLOWGATE
“This really shouldn't be on RB. Bryne's description is pretty accurate.“
Scotty001 754 days ago
70 /100 17 GALLOWGATE
“So this was the original BrewDog bar. I could have guessed some of the decor was just a bit tried. Smaller than many BrewDog bars also a smaller selection and the fridges were almost empty. Maybe a passing visit on the way to BrewDog Castlegate.“
Mr_Pink_152 766 days ago
78 /100 5-9 UNION STREET
“Visited on a Sunday trip to Aberdeen. Look and feel much like many a BrewDog bar. But like the old granite arched windows with the steel and ducting inside. Plenty on tap. Collabfest on my visit. Also lots in the big fridges. Usual BrewDog food although burgers not pizza. Nice place.“
Mr_Pink_152 766 days ago
84 /100 4-6 EXCHEQUER ROW
“Really liked this bar in what I assume was the centre of Aberdeen. Very much the modern Craft bar feel. About half the beers were their own with guests on the other tap. Big fridge selection including northern monk, wylam, wander beyond and more. Certainly worth a visit. Dog friendly.“
Mr_Pink_152 766 days ago
84 /100 4-6 EXCHEQUER ROW
“A quality addition to Aberdeen's beer scene. This is Fierce Beer's first (and currently only) bar. It is located right behind BrewDog Castlegate on Exchequer Row. They have a swanky electronic display for the beers currently on draught, which cover 20 or so lines. There are usually about a 50:50 split between their own beers and guests. Check out their twitter feed for which beers have come on recently. There are also a couple of fridges with Fierce & guest beers to drink in or takeaway. Prices as you may note are rather good (especially in comparison to their craft neighbours). Knowledgeable and friendly staff. They regularly hosting special events, including tap takeovers/Meet-the-maker type things from breweries which are rarely seen in Aberdeen. More recently they have added some light food options - sandwiches, cheeseboards and the like. A great spot.“
Scopey 773 days ago
58 /100
JK Fine Foods (Grocery Store)
16 CHATTAN PLACE
“Delicatessen with a small but decent beer selection at the back of the shop. Perhaps 35 beers if you are lucky, but as it is a delicatessen there is the chance of picking up the occasional out of date bargain.“
Scotty001 838 days ago
48 /100
McGintys (Bar)
504 UNION STREET
“Ever changing bar (used to be a gothic masterpiece called Frankensteins), fairly standard high street bar. Has 3 cask beers and a couple of craft keg offerings,but not really what would be thought of as a Ratebeer outlet“
Scotty001 855 days ago
66 /100 9 ALFORD PLACE
“A bar that I never went out of my way to visit, it has recently been done up and was a pleasant surprise. As well as the usual offerings, is Brewdog Clockwork Tangerine, Beavertown Gamma Ray and Neck Oil (though these are bound to be popping in more places lately) and most surprisingly for a bar like this, a line for Cloudwater beers. Prices were probably about standard for these drinks (so not cheap), they also offer Tennants straight from the tank (I'm not sure if this makes Tennants lager seem more appealing) as decent selection of cans from the likes of Wild Beer Co., Magic Rock etc. They show football on multiple screens here which makes this bar probably now the bar with best beer selection for watching football other than Queen Vic though you wouldn't go for the beer alone.“
joetownpunk 861 days ago
74 /100 10 TRINITY STREET
“Old school bar, great service and consistently wonderful Dark Island. Perfect spot for a quick pint before catching a train/coach. Recently taken over by the local Beer Story brewery, but the only real change is addition of one of their beers on keg, and Sunday openning.“
Scotty001 907 days ago
72 /100 10 TRINITY STREET
“Beautiful wee pub! A stones throw from the train station meaning you can go from stepping off the train, tired after a long journey to being sat with a pint in a matter of minutes. As soon as you arrive they offer a place for your luggage and sit you down having taken your order. Amazing service and super friendly staff. As a cask ale drinker there was only one on offer but being Orkney’s Dark Island I definitely can’t complain. Beer is in great nick. Couldn’t help but order another. Highly recommended.“
kylemew 927 days ago
82 /100 4-6 EXCHEQUER ROW
“As you'd expect, good selection of Fierce draft beers on keg, some good guest beers (Thornbridge, Tiny Rebel) and a heap of bottles. Prices seem reasonable (by which I mean there is nothing over £5 on tap). Bar still looks a bit unfinished (quite minimalist) but this a very welcome addition to Aberdeen's craft beer bar scene with 6DN, both Brewdog, Casc, The Craftsman and Krakatoa only minutes apart from each other.“
joetownpunk 942 days ago
76 /100 4-6 EXCHEQUER ROW
“New bar from Fierce Brewery in the road directly behind Brewdog Castlegate. They’ve rushed to get it open in time for Brewdog AGM weekend. It’s a decent sized rectangular space. 16 to 18 keg lines plus bottle fridge. Good selection of Fierce beers plus guests. A nice addition to the craft scene in the city. Noted that some beers in the fridge were considerably cheaper than in the Brewdog bar round the corner (I’m looking at you Brewdog brewed Very Big Moose)“
Cheeseboard 959 days ago
66 /100 5 CASTLE STREET
“Spoons pub situated on a corner at the eastern end of Union Street. Usual food & typical range of beers, 12 ish cask lines plus macrokeg.“
Cheeseboard 959 days ago
76 /100 4-6 EXCHEQUER ROW
“Just had a soft opening (amazingly enough it coincided with the Brewdog AGM), now closed again for a few days to complete the fit out. Hours, etc should be confirmed more after being open a bit longer. Difficult to figure out how it will grow over time in Aberdeen's vibrant little craft sector.“
Scotty001 960 days ago
30 /100 LITTLE BELMONT STREET
“Does not deserve to be listed on RateBeer. Had nothing even remotely interesting on when I visited.“
Sigmund 961 days ago
56 /100 10 TRINITY STREET
“I've been here at least four times, but never thought of adding the place to RateBeer, as they have only one cask ale. However, Aitchie's was my introduction to the lovely Orkney Dark Island. On three occasions the beer has been in perfect nick, on one occasion it was not. The staff was always friendly and polite.“
Sigmund 961 days ago
40 /100 17 WINDMILL BRAE
“Not sure what the point of this place is, not on the main drag and empty when I visited. This location has had a multitude of incarnations over the last few decades, can't see this one lasting for very long.“
Scotty001 978 days ago
68 /100 7 ST. NICHOLAS LANE
“Aberdeen institution, but a pale shadow of the bar it was pre-Belhaven/Greene King stewardship. Beer quality is generally OK, and the range does usually have a few casks from Scottish micros (Swannay, Fyne, Cromarty).“
Scotty001 992 days ago
76 /100 2 GUILD STREET
“Newly opened from the remains of the iconic Schooner bar, seems to be more focussed on the coffee than the beer (the taps are hidden below the bar counter for some strange reason. Probably too much competition close by to ever become very highly rated, but will get custom because of the location so near to bus and train stations. (original rating from July 2017 - 66) Re-rated 9 months after initial visit. Busier than I previously suspected it would be, the range of tap beers is proving to be more interesting that I would have predicted. Very worthwhile.“
Scotty001 992 days ago
52 /100 6 LITTLE BELMONT STREET
“Old school bar, mainly trading on past glories and dumbed down severely by Greene King ownership. The snug bar is wirthy of a look if you happen to be about on the couple of hours a week it is open.“
Scotty001 1013 days ago
80 /100 2, TRINITY QUAY, MERCHANT QUARTER
“Dingy dive bar vibe, probably the best cask option in town. Beer ranges from Scottish cask through Belgian staples to an extensive draft cider range.“
Scotty001 1013 days ago
60 /100 41-43 HOLBURN STREET
“Chain-type pub, serving typical pub food (very cheap prices), live sport on multiple screens, DJ's at weekend and acoustic acts on Sunday evenings I believe. Beer wise, the selection has improved over the years (although no longer sells cask ale), featuring 3 beers from Brewdog on tap and bottles of the likes of Sierra Nevada. Still limited but not a bad option, especially if you are looking for somewhere inexpensive and/or sport“
joetownpunk 1015 days ago
60 /100 ABERDEEN AIRPORT
“Recently sold by Spoons, so the cask offering has gone down to 2. Beer range may decline further in future.“
Scotty001 1017 days ago
56 /100 423-425 UNION STREET
“Ex LLoyd's, now a below average Spoons. Not much else to say really.“
Scotty001 1020 days ago
70 /100 11 NORTH SILVER STREET
“Cellar bar, quite atmospheric. Not an exciting beer range, but well kept.“
Scotty001 1020 days ago
56 /100
Globe Inn (Bar)
13 NORTH SILVER ST
“Old bar, reasonably recently extended. Not really focused on exciting beer, just what Greene King are punting at the time.“
Scotty001 1020 days ago
66 /100 10 TRINITY STREET
“Small corner bar close to the city rail/bus stations, the Union Square Shopping Centre and Jurys Inn. A genuine old-fashioned Scottish pub with bar staff all wearing traditional white aprons. Nice! No music played and a rather middle aged guest, me included. 9 boring keg beers but the cask ale Orkney Dark Island was delicious. This is the one and only cask ale and it's a regular. I had to have a pint, ticker or not. Great place but a desert for beer tickers. Luckily I only rate places! (Visited February 3rd 2018 with Bjarte1)“
Bryne 1021 days ago
42 /100 17 WINDMILL BRAE
“A new beer place in a strange street I have never walked before. A wannabe cool place with "craft beer interior". Almost empty at my visit four o'clock in the afternoon. Rugby on tv but no rugby fans. A young female výcepní without any knowledge about beer. I had a decent tankovna Krusovice. Beer menu on every table, about 30 more or less boring bottles, and the Nigerian Guinness turned out to be from Dublin, when the výcepní checked the fridge. Not a place I will return to. (Visited February 3rd 2018)“
Bryne 1021 days ago
60 /100
Globe Inn (Bar)
13 NORTH SILVER ST
“Nice traditional pub with 12 keg beers and 3 cask ales. Nothing crazy for sure but worth a visit to enjoy a pint, or like me: two half pints. Rather slow service. The pub was very busy this early Saturday afternoon and the bar was understaffed though they did their best. Scots seems to enjoy watching their rugby team take a hell of a beating. (Wales-Scotland 32-0) Go for the atmosphere, not the beer selection. If you dislike lots of screens showing sports, stay away. (Visited February 3rd 2018 with Bjarte1 and colleagues)“
Bryne 1021 days ago
50 /100 333 UNION STREET
“Church and booze, you are in Aberdeen! I have visited this place some years ago, but now the beer selection is actually decent for a place like this. What kind of place is it? Certainly cool for many, especially if you don't come for craft beer. I guess many of my heavy drinking friends would have loved this place. No craft or geek vibes here. There is a smaller bar with entrance from Langstane Pl. but the large square bar has the entrance from Union Street. But, when inside you can visit both. Pop and disco music played, no beer meny as far as I could see and no cask ales. Decent bottle selection from BrewDog, Deeside, Keith and more. 4 keg beers from Deeside, the other kegs are crap or boring macro beers. My bottle "Keith Stout Keith" was served ice cold in a even colder glass from the freezer. (Visited February 2nd 2018)“
Bryne 1021 days ago
78 /100 2 GUILD STREET
“Nice craft beer bar near our hotel, Jurys Inn. Rather noisy early in the evening this Friday. Friendly and very efficient service. I think a flight was £ 4.85, a decent price for beer tourists. Interesting craft beers displayed on the chalkboard on the wall. Bottles are sold for take away. Indeed a great new bar in Aberdeen. (Visited February 2nd 2018 with Bjarte1 and colleagues)“
Bryne 1021 days ago