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In the cobbled pedestrian area outside Old Blackfriars, they used to hold public executions. It was where people rose up with a cry of 'Bon accord' and saw the end of Aberdeen Castle in 1308. Over the road, the Tollbooth has been the site of civic administration since 1398. 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 such as stained glass and church pews, it makes you feel as if you're sitting alongside several centuries of drinkers. Loved by locals, families, shoppers, real ale drinkers, tourists and, allegedly a ghost or two, Old Blackfriars is a must-see destination - and then a must-see-some-more.


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Monika Glowacka

6 months ago

This was a great evening at the Old Blackfriars. I'm not usually the one to go out to such places with friends, but they convinced me. The drinks were absolutely great, the atmosphere that time with the live music and dancing - amazing. The "old" and "worn down" vibe at this place - I absolutely loved it. The young and moody barman who rolled his eyes at everyone who wanted to order drinks - even added more up to the atmosphere and didn't ruin anything at all. In fact I really enjoyed it.

ken chilton

9 months ago

Quaint old pub in a nice historical area of Aberdeen. Steak pie looked great.

Pawel Kochanowski

9 months ago

I'm a Guinness fan and this place was a must for me. The decor of the place is stunning - as for this type of bars, it is very clean and all the tables and furniture are as new. Friendly service and delicious beer.

Tommy B.

1 year ago

What an awesome spot. Great music, wide beer selection, and the food was fabulous. Went back later in the evening for traditional scotish country music.

Lovisa Molin

5 years ago

Pleasant pub with a very high level of cleanliness. It felt fresh and the food and drinks were just what we were looking for at the time. Awesome Chicken Tikka and a good enough fish and chips. The house red was perfectly drinkable!

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