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213 Union Street
AB11 6BA

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Opening Times

Monday10.00 am - Midnight
Tuesday10.00 am - Midnight
Wednesday10.00 am - Midnight
Thursday10.00 am - Midnight
Friday10.00 am - 1.00 am
Saturday10.00 am - 1.00 am
Sunday12.30 pm - Midnight


McGinty's Group

About the Pub

The pub is now part of the McGintys Group since spring 2019 after 48 years in the ownership of the Watson family lately with Graham and previously his father Eddie. No major changes were planned to the bar of this Aberdeen institute, with existing staff being retained.

In early 2020 during a spruce up of the paint-work, variable brightness roof lighting was installed, the shelves and cupboards behind the bar were illuminated, enhancing the ambience of this historic pub. Also all five handpumps are now located in the centre of the bar when they had previously been in three separate positions.

With an exquisite interior redesigned in 1926 and remaining largely unchanged since, this is the only pub listed in CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors in the area. Check out the clear rectangles on the two main front windows. These were for Guinness advertising signs, which were hung by chains to be visible from outside via these clear pieces of glass.

The pub was for men only until 1975 and several ladies invaded the pub prior to legislation being introduced to make this illegal, but police were called and the said 'ladies' were asked to leave! The event has been turned into a film: 'NO LADIES PLEASE'. A ladies toilet was eventually provided in 1998 when the Gent's urinal was relocated to a downstairs toilet and a new seat installed in the old Gent's cubicle. The gents downstairs toilet was refurbished and reopened early October 2019 and the ladies single toilet had a makeover soon after that.

Situated across from the Music Hall, musicians often visit during concert breaks. The pub has a large selection of whiskies and has won numerous awards from lovers of the malt. Guest ales are frequently from breweries such as Fierce, Fyne Ales, Windswept, Orkney. Bar snacks such as pies, stovies etc. are available. CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year 2016.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Fyne Ales Jarl

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 4 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Cromarty --varies--
  • Orkney --varies--
  • Windswept --varies--

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Grill, Aberdeen


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • RealHeritagePub Heritage Pub

    Nationally Important Historic Interior


  • SportsTV Sports TV

    Sound usually muted.

  • WiFi Wifi

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213 Union Street
AB11 6BA

Sat Nav Reference

57.1449, -2.10422


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Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

Many routes on Union Street.

Nearby Station (400m)


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