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                            Brewdog Bar                                                  St Machar Bar                                                                      Archibald Simpson   


Many thanks to my mate, Rick, for his advice regarding where to drink in Aberdeen, and also for his invitation to visit soon; you can hear his tunes by linking in from the ‘Friends of’ page.  His first suggestion is in ‘Old Aberdeen’, close to the university, ie the St Machar Bar, or, what appears to be familiarly called just ‘The Machar’, 97 High Street, AB24 3EN (01224 483079).  Opening Hours are 11-11pm, Monday to Saturday, and 12.30-6pm on Sunday. 


The Machar is a friendly small traditional pub with a wide selection of malt whiskeys and usually has at least 4 real ales available; 2 being regular ales, ie Inveralmond’s Ossian and Caledonian’s (now Heineken owned) Deuchars IPA, and 2 or 3 ales provided by the establishment in response to customer suggestions, recently, 2 other Caledonian brews, Lipsmacker and Flying Dutchman. 


Food is served all day, and includes a small range of pies, toasted sandwiches, and stovies.  There are two 40inch plasma TV screens, allowing two different sporting events to be shown at the same time if required, Sky and ESPN are both available, and a beer garden is out the back of the bar.  


Rick says his second suggestion is probably his favourite bar in Aberdeen at the moment, the Brewdog Bar, 17 Gallowgate AB24 1EB (01224 631223); open 12-12am, Monday to Thursday, 12-1am, Friday and Saturday, and 12.30-12am on Sunday.  This bar is owned by the Brewdog Brewery from north of Aberdeen in Fraserburgh, and serves its own craft beer and other (mainly imported) craft beers.  Not sure what adjective to put to Brewdog Brewery, just to say they are original in many aspects of their design as well as their production; experience, and I would suggest you do, and then add your own description.  A wide selection of quality bottled ales is also available and they sell meat and cheese platters.  Rick asserts the beer is of excellent quality and the staff friendly too.  Music is played on Tuesday and Sunday evenings.


Third choice is a Wetherspoons that makes CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, Archibald Simpson, 5 Castle Street, AB11 5BQ (01244 621365), at the foot of Union Street and on way to the football ground at Pittodrie, if walking from the train/bus station.  This is the former Aberdeen HQ of the Clydesdale Bank and is named after one of the great architects of central Aberdeen’s grand granite buildings.  As it’s a ‘Spoons’, you know what to expect, usually the ales are well kept, and it often serves up the local Deeside Brewery ales.


Finally, although not known for selling cask ales, is the Victorian Pittodrie Bar, 339 King St, AB24 5AP (01224 638836), regarded as Aberdeen’s ‘football pub’, with an original Victorian island bar and caricatures of Aberdeen FC's greatest players providing the backdrop.  The Pittodrie Bar is open 11.30-11.00pm, 7 days a week, and also boasts other original features, including the original spittoon, which you are not advised to use, and ornate brewery and whisky mirrors.  It is reported that pre and post-matches is the only time when bar food is served.