Situated in the former Customs House at the mouth of Aberdeen Harbour, The Silver Darling has recently embarked on a new voyage.VisitAberdeenshire
Renovated to the highest of standards, The Silver Darling has been transformed with stylish interiors that celebrate their unique heritage and complement the stunning setting for memorable meals.
The Silver Darling has an upstairs dining area which boasts floor to ceiling glass windows, providing panoramic views of Aberdeen’s beach, harbour and the historic fishing village of Footdee – affectionately known as ‘Fittie’ by the locals.
With a passion for quality food and drink, The Silver Darling’s menus have been carefully curated to showcase the finest selection of Scottish produce from Aberdeen Angus Beef to the freshest fish and shellfish dishes, in a laid-back yet sophisticated atmosphere.
The Silver Darling is the perfect setting to gaze at the sweeping sea coastline, watch the ships sail by, or in the summer months you may be lucky to catch a glimpse of the dolphins and seals bobbing in the bay…
“Taking its name from the old Christ’s College building in which it is housed, The College is a very welcome addition to the Aberdeen bar scene. Located on Union Street in the city’s thriving West End, it’s part of the PBDevco empire (the people behind Soul Casino, Soul Bar, Babylon, the Howff and the Bieldside Inn) but doesn’t feel particularly chain-y, having been done out sympathetically and stylishly. Flaming torches light your way as you cross the threshold; inside you’ll find cool stone floors, exposed brickwork and an abundance of blond wood and brushed steel. It’s an attractive urban space that combines the historic with the contemporary. By day it serves tasty deli lunches to the suited and the shoppers, but it really livens up in the evenings with an in-house DJ and a smart, lively crowd who are mainly in their late twenties and early thirties. Weeknights it’s a popular after work spot, though weekends it is more of a party destination. It also shows sporting events (the place boasts 2 HD projectors and 11 plasma screens) so whether that makes it a place to head for or to avoid on match days will depend on your attitude to the Beautiful Game. Cocktails are reasonably priced and though the menu is neither particularly exciting nor extensive, the usual suspects are all accounted for so you’re unlikely not to find something you like regulars should consider membership, which lets you buy cocktails for less than a fiver on Friday and Saturday nights. So if you find yourself athirst in the granite city, be sure to check this place out.”World’s Best Bars website
“Founded in 1990, Howies is a family owned restaurant collection based in Scotland.
‘Scottish, seasonal & seriously tasty’ is how we like to describe our menus and we’ve been cooking up a storm using the very best Scottish produce for over 25 years! Our menus evolve with the seasons and feature traditional Scottish dishes, seasonal fresh fish and game as well as seriously tasty vegetarian and vegan options.”Howies Website
The snug bar at the front of this popular city-centre pub is the oldest in Aberdeen, dating back 300 years, and the warren of adjoining rooms makes it one of the most cosy and atmospheric. Full of nooks and crannies – not to mention the rooftop beer garden, it appeals to a mixed crowd, from mothers with pushchairs to live music fans, parties, real-ale drinkers and football supporters. Named after Amelia ‘Ma’ Cameron who took over the business in 1937. Before this, it was the Sow Croft Coaching Inn.
The following article is an excellent guide to the the sights and tourist experiences of Aberdeen, and is useful for first time visitors (and returners). The Scotland Traveloholic website, which has many great articles, can be found here.
“Scotland is undoubtedly a country full of beautiful cities, interesting architecture, stunning nature and fantastic people. Each of Scotland’s cities has something beautiful, and I believe that it’s worth writing about them and getting the wider public familiar with these wonderful places. After my recent visit to Aberdeen, I decided to finally make a comprehensive guide to Aberdeen to inspire others to discover it’s unique beauty and charm.”Please read more of this useful and informative guide to visiting Aberdeen by clicking on this link
One of the oldest bars in Aberdeen, the Prince of Wales has possibly the longest bar counter in the city, a friendly atmosphere and a large following of regulars. Listed in Scotland’s True Heritage Pubs, it offers up to eight ales – a varied selection of Scottish ales, typically from Fyne Ales, Stewarts, Kelburn, Swannay, Cromarty, Redcastle and Windswept plus various English ales and the usual Greene King/Belhaven suspects. Also has three ‘craft’ beer pumps for BrewDog and Belhaven. Tasters are offered if you are not sure what to chose.WhatPub Review
“One of the most famous pubs in Aberdeen, The Grill is a typical Scot’s standing pub, located on the main street in Aberdeen. Established in 1870, the premises operated as a restaurant with a billiard saloon for over 30 years. Sometime after the turn of the century the premises were converted to a pub. A refurbishment in 1926 included several significant architectural features including an oxidised bronze frontage and scrollwork and a mahogany veneer panelled interior.
The range of cask and craft beers is wide ranging and as a former World Whisky Bar of the Year, the whisky selection is second to none. They also serve Whisky Flights, whisky tasting trays offering groups of 4 whiskies selected to demonstrate different regions or styles.”VisitAberdeenshire