Whether you prefer rum, gin or vodka in your drink, you'll be sure to find your favourite tipple if you visit one of our five favourite Aberdeen cocktail bars.
(45 Langstane Pl, AB11 6EN, 01224 594430)
James Bond would surely approve of this suave joint, which offers both classic and contemporary cocktails to its clientèle.
One of their most interesting (and macho) concoctions is the Smokey Nail, which is made with Johnnie Walker blue label, house-blend Drambuie and bitters, and is finished with smoked barrel wood chips.
For something a bit more fruity, you can try the French Martini, containing Stoli vodka, Chambord, and pineapple juice.
There are also popular mixology classes, so if you ever fancied yourself a master or mistress of cocktail-mixing, this could be your chance.
(4 Belmont St, AB10 1JE)
Tucked away in a basement is this speakeasy-style bar which is a cocktail-lover's heaven.
Even just perusing the menu is a delight, with so many tasty treats on offer. One of the star attractions is the Black is the New Orange, which is made from Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch, TTH Cherry Vermouth, citrus, Bamboo Charcoal, and orange. However, if you don't fancy anything on the drinks list, the bartenders are more than happy to go off piste.
There are also classes available at The Tippling House's Tasting Academy, which will teach you everything you need to know about spirits and wines.
(51 Langstane Pl, AB11 6EN, 01224 516 126)
Nearly ten years ago, Orchid burst onto the Aberdeen bar scene with their (now famous) Pink Orchid cocktail. Now, it is the bar of choice for discerning drinkers, and it has won awards for its cocktails. The bartenders' own infused spirits make Orchid's drinks unique, and give a modern edge to their recipes.
The interior is very classy, decorated with copper, rich wood tones and comfy leather chairs, and is welcoming from the instant that you arrive.
(The Academy, Belmont Street, AB10 1L, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bos'n is the queen of quirkiness, with its funky cocktail umbrellas and cleverly up-cycled furniture. The theme of this bar is Latin American, making rum one of the star ingredients. Why not give the wonderful Aztec Milk Punch a go?
It contains the ubiquitous rum, as well as ABA Pisco, milk, and Aztec chocolate bitters.
There is also a tasty selection of tapas for the peckish, inclduing cod croquetas and chicken curry skewers.
(1 Back Wynd, AB10 1JN, 01224 631 640)
This is the ideal haunt for anyone who loves the crackle of a record player. Close to Union Street, 99 is a haven from the hustle and bustle of the city, with a truly innovative menu of cocktails.
99 prides itself on its creative infusions, including the Lapsang Souchong infused Arette in their Tequila Mockingbird.
This delightful beverage also contains Aperol Italian Aperatif, paprika infused agave syrup, fresh strawberries, basil, mint and citrus juice.
During the week, there are chilled live music gigs, and at the weekends, DJs give 99 a party atmosphere.