The Grill Bar, Aberdeen Scotland

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an unlikely name for a bar, and yet in Aberdeen it is synonymous with all that is best about Scotland’s family-owned traditional pubs.

Originally established as a restaurant in 1870 from whence it takes its name, and converted to a pub some time later, it has remained virtually unchanged since 1926, making it one of Aberdeen’s oldest pubs.  In their listing of pub interiors of outstanding historic interest, CAMRA included The Grill as the only Scottish entry north of Dundee. Many generations of resident and returning Aberdonians have quenched their thirst in its comfortable and congenial atmosphere.

Enjoying a prominent position on Aberdeen's main thoroughfare at 213 Union Street, The Grill is located directly opposite the Music Hall which plays host to a wide range of concerts and shows, including Classical, Folk, Rock, Pop and Jazz, and is only a 5 minute walk from the newly refurbished His Majesty's Theatre.

The Grill is very much a standing pub due to the presence of a long bar counter and offers a welcoming environment to people of all ages and tastes who merely wish to have a drink and a chat. In addition to a first class range of draught and packaged lagers, cask and keg ales, a homely range of tasty bar snacks, including the famous Stovies & Oatcakes and Haggis, is offered at all times.

Due to its central location, the pub is surrounded by many of Aberdeen's favourite restaurants and is a popular meeting point prior to a meal or for an after dinner malt.

The Grill Aberdeen Scotland

Interior of the bar featuring the long bar counter,
the mahogany panelled walls and
part of the ceiling plasterwork

The Grill has been named Bar of the Year by Whisky Magazine in its Icons of Whisky awards for its collection of whiskies and its commitment and passion to educate the consumer. Currently on offer is a selection of over 500, some 60 of which are from around the world, including Japan, Ireland and America. The selection includes probably the oldest dram on sale anywhere in the world, a 65 year old Macallan distilled in 1938, several more single malts distilled in the late 1930’s, and the legendary Black Bowmore.

Scotland Whisky With several members of staff having gained a Certificate of Expertise in the Sales and Service of Scotch Whisky, The Grill is now recognised as a  “Whisky Embassy” by SCOTLANDWHISKY.

As smoking is now banned in public places in Scotland, the only smoke you can now enjoy in the bar is in your whisky, be it an intense Islay experience or one of the rarer lightly smoked Highland malts.

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The Grill, 213 Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland
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