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Iconic Aberdeen building brought back to life with the opening of two new restaurants

The opening of two exciting new restaurants is set to breathe new life into a former department store building in Aberdeen. 

Published: August 30, 2019
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The Esslemont Bar & Restaurant and Mac’s Pizzeria, which are situated in the former Esslemont & Macintosh building on the city's Union Street, have officially opened to the public this week.

Following a six-figure investment by The McGinty’s Group, the new venue has now opened its doors launching The Esslemont Bar & Restaurant based on the ground floor and Mac’s Pizzeria on the first floor.

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According to the restaurant group the Esslemont Bar & Restaurant boasts a "stylish new look throughout" and will offer a relaxed and sophisticated dining experience with a modern yet classic menu with a creative twist.

The Esslemont Bar & Restaurant

The restaurant will seat up to 100 people with a luxury glass-fronted private dining for up to 12 guests, accompanied by a contemporary bar perfect for laid-back lunches and pre or post dinner drinks.

Meanwhile, Mac’s Pizzeria, will serve up a relaxed vibe with a focus on authentic Neapolitan pizza.

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The upstairs restaurant, which seats 120, will feature an open kitchen with bespoke pizza oven to serve up classic Neapolitan pizza all freshly prepared on site with the finest genuine ingredients used in keeping with the Neapolitan style.

Esslemont & Macintosh building Aberdeen

Mac's Pizzeria.

The pizzeria also features sharing tables and a semi-private area for group bookings and kids parties up to 14.

Esslemont & Macintosh building Aberdeen


Led by the award-winning Nicoll Russel Studios, the venue has been completely transformed but still retains a nod to its past as one of the finest department stores in Aberdeen.

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The new restaurants are The McGinty’s Group latest ventures, and join a growing portfolio of venues which includes McGinty’s Meal An’ Ale, The Stag, No.10 Bar & Restaurant, The Ferryhill House Hotel, The Fourmile, The Silver Darling and The Grill.

Allan Henderson, director of The McGinty’s Group, said: “We are delighted to officially open The Esslemont and Mac’s Pizzeria. This project has been our biggest to date and it has been amazing to see the building transform into our vision and bring this landmark building back to life.

"With two concepts in the one building, we are aiming to appeal to a wide audience whilst creating something new and exciting for the city, alongside helping to reinvigorate our main thoroughfare, Union Street and increase footfall. We can’t wait to welcome the people of Aberdeen and visitors alike.”

• The Esslemont Bar & Restaurant will be open 7 days a week with food served all day. Bookings can now made online at, while Mac’s Pizzeria will operate a walk-in system on a day-to-day basis. 

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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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