5 of the best new bars and restaurants in Aberdeen

Fancy a night out in the Granite City? We've picked out five of the best new bars and restaurants in Aberdeen to check out.

Published 7th Nov 2018
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

The north east is filled with great restaurants and bars and lately there's been some excellent new additions.

New Bars

Freedom An’ Whisky

(Chop Grill and Bar, St. Andrew Street, Aberdeen, AB25 1AD)

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Part of the Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel's new Chop Grill and Bar, Freedon An'Whisky gives whisky fans - from experts to first-time tasters - the chance to sip a dram or two whilst in the relaxing surroundings of dark wood, traditional Scottish interiors and crackling fires.

With over 150 premium single malts, sourced from Scotland’s top distilleries, as well as a variety of more than 30 gins, it's going to be a fun new place for spirits fans in the north east to enjoy their favourite drinks.

Fierce Bar

(4 Exchequer Row Aberdeen AB11 5BW)

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Picture: Fierce Beers

One of Scotland's top emerging brewing stars, Fierce Beers have been winning a slew of awards since their opening a few years ago and their beers are now gracing bars all around Scotland.

Thankfully, they've also just created a new base for people in their home city to try their beers straight from the source. The Fierce Bar has 20 taps with a wide range of the brewery's core beers and small batch runs on offer as well as a selection of brews from their collab partners and a great range of local spirits including gin, rum, vodka and whisky.

The Spiritualist

(67 Langstane Pl, Aberdeen AB11 6EN)

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Fresh from wowing the crowds in Glasgow, The Spiritualist has headed north to bring their amazing gantry to the people of Aberdeen.

From the team behind Copper Blossom in Edinburgh and Church on the Hill in Glasgow, This exciting new bar specialises in cocktails with a theatrical or interactive element and even offer a sharing cocktail called the Disco Diva, which is served in a disco ball.

Those looking for a bite to eat would be well advised to check out their the Hanging Grills – with skewered chunks of tender meat - and their filthy fries - with toppings like smashed haggis with peppercorn sauce and macaroni cheese with bacon bites.

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Grape & Grain

(31 Thistle St, Aberdeen AB10 1UY)

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Picture: Grape and Grain

For a bit more opulence, why not check out Aberdeen's newest wine bar? Grape and Grain has already won several awards since its opening last year.

Nominated as one of Scotland’s most stylish bars in the Scottish Style Awards, it has an extensive wine selection with more than 90 wines - supplied exclusively to the bar by the award-winning Berkmann Wine Cellars - and a well-trained team of knowledgeable staff.

Don't worry if you're not a wine fan, they are well stocked with plenty of excellent gins, whiskies and beers too.

New Restaurants

Jack's Grill

(150 Union St, Aberdeen AB10 1QX)

Picture: Jack's Grill

Exploiting the amazing natural pantry that is the north-east, Jack's say they are on a mission to serve only the best dishes made using locally sourced ingredients.

Independent and looking to stand out in an increasingly chain orientated culinary scene, Jack's is a great place to enjoy some thick cuts of Scottish beef.

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They also happen to be Mac and Cheese specialists, with no less than five different styles.

The Revamps

The Silver Darling

(Pocra Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5DQ)

Picture: TripAdvisor

Based in Fittie overlooking the city’s harbour and beach area, The Silver Darling is one of Aberdeen's best known restaurants and perhaps fittingly has just been named ‘Restaurant of the Year – Casual Dining’ at the 23rdannual Scottish Licensed Trade News (SLTN) awards.

The iconic eatery was re-launched in February of this year following a major renovation which transformed the restaurant with new contemporary stylish interiors and an updated food & drink offering. The venue was acquired by independent hospitality business, The McGinty’s Group at the end of September 2017 and welcomed a new head chef and front of house management team to relaunch the restaurant on its new voyage.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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