Lockdown has been hard on us all but once things settle in their ‘new normal’, it’ll still be unlikely that any of us will be able to go very far afield from our homes for some time. In the spirit of that, we have put together a list of the places to see and things to do in the local area once we can get out and about safely. Luckily, Aberdeen and the surrounding area is blessed with many fantastic places to visit, eat, drink and be merry! If we can all support the local community by shopping local, the local community can help support us all!

  1. Vovem Meat & Liquor

This is a steakhouse and bar that must be visited to be believed. With their incomparable unique range of cuts and dishes sourced from local and premium suppliers, this place is an absolute must for those who appreciate steaks prepared the right way.

Located in the heart of Aberdeen city centre, Soul is a modern bar and restaurant converted from the former Langstane Kirk. The Soul Fishmarket set in the building’s airy conservatory does classic fish dishes with great ingredients as well as a range of alternative main dishes for folks who don’t fancy the fish.

Although live music events may feel like a thing of the past. Once we manage to get back to being able to go to gigs again, P&J Live is easily one of the best live venues in the country. Dates are still to come for Bryan Adams, Elton John, and Simple Minds to namedrop but a handful.

Fine dining at the best in The Granite City. The ambience and setting of the restaurant are second to none with its decadent Parisian theme, but the food is the real star of the show with their fusion of traditional and modern French cuisine prepared by a world-class culinary team. A very sophisticated choice for the Aberdonian diner.

This family-run Greek restaurant has been preparing and serving great food to the city for almost 30 years now. They specialise in traditional Greek dishes served in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. It’s great for a night of good food and drink or maybe celebrating a special occasion.

Nestled in the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside, this 13th Century mansion house, huge estate and golf course is a paragon of luxury accommodation and dining. The Pineapple restaurant offers beautiful dishes made from locally sourced ingredients which is just what one needs after a round of golf on its expansive course.

Aberdeen’s only Turkish restaurant was established close to 40 years ago and continues to serve high quality, authentic Middle Eastern cuisine made from the fresh local produce and premium imported herbs and spices.

Another great steakhouse for the meat-lovers of Aberdeen. They have several restaurants across the country and their experience shows right the way from field to your fork. A great addition to the diverse food industry in Aberdeen city centre.

From home, we can view photos of all the treasures of the world, but there is no substitute for seeing these artefacts in the proverbial flesh. Aberdeen is lucky to have a maritime museum, art gallery and the Provost Skene’s house is a veritable treasure trove of antiquities from the 16th century onwards. A grand day out once the coast is clear.

  1. Avo

Billed as the ‘All Avocado’ café, this is a paradise for anyone who has fallen for the green-skinned super fruit. The café is located in Aberdeen Market, just off the green and is an excellent lunch spot for those who love the world’s most versatile favourite fruit.

  1. Cupcakes By Jo

Home of the Cupcake Jar (you should definitely check that out), Cupcakes By Jo does exactly what you think it does. Cupcakes in a huge variety of flavours right in the city centre – what’s not to be excited about that?!

  1. Melt

The home of melted cheese sandwiches in Aberdeen. Their mission statement says it all – “To do god’s work, with the aid of cheese”. They’ve got a robust menu that includes offerings for vegan, vegetarians and gluten-free customer. Lovely stuff.

  1. Rev De Cuba

In the Academy Centre’s courtyard, there lurks a rum-soaked paradise. I’ve spent several days there, tasting the Latin-inspired menu and working my way through the carefully crafted cocktails. The Cuban sun shines in that place no matter what the Aberdeen weather is doing.

  1. Nox

A busy nightclub that has plenty of club nights to suit most tastes; Hip-hop through to House, Disco and cheese classics. There are special offers and pitcher deals on the go to make sure the night is one to be remembered (responsibly).

  1. Revolution

A classic cocktail bar that has location nationwide. It’s a great place for a bit of lunch and then take advantage of their loyalty card to make a dent in their extensive cocktail menu.

  1. Siberia

This independent, quirky, industrial-style bar and hotel won the Evening Express’s ‘Independent Bar of the Year 2019’ and has a further trophy cabinet full of various awards for their efforts. Good food, good drink, and a boutique hotel right in the heart of Aberdeen. An excellent base camp for visitors and locals alike.

  1. The Marcliffe at Pitfodels

A beautiful ultra-elegant five-star Scottish country hotel set in picturesque grounds just on the outskirts of Aberdeen. It’s a hotel, restaurant and spa that has many itching to get back to its luxurious facilities.

  1. Beach Ballroom

The famous Beach Ballroom is a venue that’s hosted more events than your Grandad’s had Werther’s Originals. There are rescheduled dates for bands like Black Grape, Barenaked Ladies, and Tide Lines still to come this year. Its Art-deco design is great for weddings and all sorts of events.

  1. Music Hall

Aberdeen is blessed with a fantastic amount of decent sized music venues and the Music Hall is a great example of a live venue done right, It’s been serving the city since 1822 and is a mainstay of the live entertainment of the North East. There is plenty to look forward to, with comedy from Alan Carr, live music from Peat & Diesel, and plenty of drams as it hosts The National Whisky festival later in the year.

A fantastic hub for art and theatre in Aberdeen. From its all-singing, all-dancing theatre productions, comedy and education classes, it is a well-loved part of the Aberdeen art community; something that will be very important come the end of this pandemic.

There’s plenty more to be found in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas but it’s thanks to places like the above that Aberdeen continues to be a great place to visit and an even better place to live. Please remember to try and support your local businesses because when it comes down to it, they are proud to be here to serve our community come what may.

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