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Aberdeen Pubs and Bars 18: The Triple Kirks

The Triple Kirks

“Aberdeen’s TKs is one of the best-loved venues in the city, featuring just about everything you could possibly want or need from a pub under one roof. It’s actually a struggle to know where to begin! It’s the perfect place to eat, drink, meet friends, be entertained and get the best quality at the best prices.
– The best sporting action from Sky and BT Sport on our top quality HD screens.
– A huge range of beers (including nine five craft beer lines), spirits, ciders, wines, cocktails…put it this way, you want top quality drinks at reasonable prices, we got ’em!
– A kitchen serving great food, check out our menu on this site for details.”

Triple Kirks Website

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Aberdeen Restaurants: Rusticos


“A warm, family run Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of the Granite City.
Enjoy a step back to the fifties style trattoria with cosy alcoves, rough walls and picture after picture of the beautiful Sicilian coast.
Come and visit us 7 days a week, for business lunches, private parties, intimate dinners or for a quick bite before the theatre.
Our menus are also ideal for more casual dining or if you just fancy a treat!
Take a step into the warm embrace of the Mediterranean and let us do all the work for you.”

Rusticos Website

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Aberdeen Pubs and Bars 17: Dusk

Dusk Bar

“Located in the heart of Aberdeen city centre on Langstane Place Dusk cocktail bar offers a unique drinking experience for those wishing to enjoy quality products in stylish surroundings.
Dusk specialise in serving a wonderfully diverse range of cocktails.”

Dusk Facebook Page

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Aberdeen Restaurants: Foodstory

“Foodstory are a group of people who, in 2013, launched a kickstarter with a dream of building a space where anyone of any age, any walk of life of life could not just eat great, healthy food but could go and feel part of a community through art and music. They believe in bringing people together. They built the cafe themselves, and most of the furniture was donated or built from salvaged parts, so the shelves are a bit wonky, the chairs are odd, and their ageing, yet beautiful-sounding Monington & Weston piano was left to them by one of the founders, Sandy’s late grandfather. You can play it if you like.
From morning to evening, Foodstory serve healthy, locally-sourced food for all dietary requirements, brew tasty tasty coffee, and stage regular events to give people a chance to get together and have fun. Since the very beginning, they have worked passionately to employ staff who share not only a passion for healthy food and great coffee, but also the love of bringing people together.
Foodstory think that Aberdeen is a great city with amazing people in it and wanted to create a space that the city is proud of for many years. They want to serve less meat in the cafe as they feel that focusing on a more veggie diet is friendlier to our planet. Using a lot of organic vegetables and food in their dishes and mostly local cheeses, eggs, chutneys, jams; they make everything else themselves- soups, hot pots, dips, salads, cakes etc. Foodstory want you to feel inspired and feel good when you eat in the café.”


Foodstory website

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Picture of the Day

3rd July 2019

Plan of the Cities of Aberdeen.
Wood, John, ca. 1780-1847
Smith, John, 1781-1852

Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

Read John Wood’s accompanying History of the City of Aberdeen on the Internet Archive website.  

10 Places to visit in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

From the VisitAberdeenshire blog

“Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is well known for its granite buildings and sea transports links, but it also has a thriving arts and culture scene in addition to a rich and colourful history. Long sandy beaches lay adjacent to quaint fishing villages, city parks are nestled among some of the oldest buildings and structures in the UK.
The region is home to world famous food, showcased through Michelin Guide restaurants just a short stroll from medieval castles and local ice cream producers like Mackie’s of Scotland putting North-east Scotland on the map as a top foodie destination.” 

VisitAberdeenshire blog

Picture of the Day

1st July 2019

“The Coat of Arms of Aberdeen consists of three towers within a border decorated with fleurs-de-lis. This design is known to have been used on city seals from the 15th century onwards, if not earlier.

The three towers represent the three buildings that stood on the three hills of mediaeval Aberdeen: Aberdeen Castle on Castle Hill, the city gate on Port Hill, and a chapel on St Catherine’s Hill. The latter two are no longer in existence, and St Catherine’s Hill has in fact been levelled.

The border of fleurs-de-lis, or royal tressure as it is described in heraldry, derives from the royal arms of Scotland, and was traditionally said to have been granted to the city by Robert the Bruce as a mark of royal favour, but may only date from the reign of James I.
In 1672, the Parliament of Scotland passed an act requiring all persons or bodies using arms to record them in a register maintained by Lord Lyon King of Arms. Accordingly, the arms of the “Royall Burgh of Aberdein” were recorded in the Lyon Register on February 25, 1674.

 The blazon was given as: gules, three towers triple-towered within a double-tressure counterflowered argent. Supported by two leopards proper; and in an escrol above “Bon Accord”

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Aberdeen Pubs and Bars 16: Old Blackfriars

Old Blackfriars

“The cobbled pedestrian area outside Old Blackfriars was used to hold public executions and it is the site where people rose up against the English garrison in Aberdeen’ castle and using the password ‘Bon Accord’ began the destruction of the castle.
Today Bon Accord is the City’s motto. Across the road, the Tollbooth has been the site of civic administration since 1398.

The site of pub was owned by Dominican monks, known as Blackfriars, and the stained glass and pews were taken from a local chapel and provide a suitable atmosphere for this 350 year old building. That’s why the moment you enter this atmospheric pub, it’s like stepping back in time. With its two levels, low-beamed ceiling and ecclesiastical fittings, it makes you feel as if you’re sitting alongside several centuries of drinkers.
The pub has an extensive menu of freshly prepared food, which is available all day and is loved by locals, families, shoppers, real ale drinkers, tourists and, allegedly a ghost or two! With its no television policy, Old Blackfriars knows exactly what makes a traditional pub tick. Look out for the Tuesday quiz and the Thursday Scottish music jam sessions as well as the changing line-up of real ales and the impressive malt.”

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