Aberdeen: Rosemount and Old Aberdeen

Feature by Kirsty Webster | 06 Oct 2009


Aberdeen University lies slap-bang in the middle of Old Aberdeen. A stone's throw down from the campus lies Seaton Park (also a handy daytime cut-through to Hillhead halls), the perfect place for those final sunny days of summer. Even though it may be hard to drag yourself off the lawn of the campus itself, be pleasantly surprised when you head down past the cathedral into the park which lies alongside the River Don, very picturesque indeed. Not leaving those at RGU out, for those living at Woolmanhill halls, head up Rosemount Viaduct (just round the back of His Majesty’s Theatre) into village-like Rosemount and behold the wealth of delis, butchers and cheesemongers, a haven for foodies or if you simply just need to branch out from pasta.


Once you’ve stocked up in the delis of Rosemount duck into one of the cafes dotted along the main street or The Queen Vic (126-128 Rosemount Pl) for a livener. One café that will tickle your fancy is The Bread Maker (50-52 Rosemount Viaduct) an artisan bakery and coffee house perfect for a late breakfast. Take a load-off after lectures and explore the cobbled streets of Old Aberdeen. Head into the St Machar Bar (97 High St) directly across from the main Aberdeen Uni campus for a pint in the snug pub before heading onto The Bobbin (500 King St). This place will more than likely become your second home for the next four years if you live in this area. Cheap food and drinks and everything you’d expect from a student hangout are on offer here.


Cellar 35 (35 Rosemount Viaduct) an almost forgotten cosy neuk ,and another offering of Rosemount Viaduct, plays host to now well established night DO IT! Held every second Friday of the month the night includes a host of guest DJs, visuals and good times. For the budding musicians and fans of the more upstanding traditional pubs head to The Globe (13-15 North Silver St) on a Sunday evening for their open mic night. Get there early for top notch pub grub and showcase your talents after a few drinks. If you need a quiet night away from the hustle and bustle dive into Under the Hammer (11 North Silver St) next door for a chilled out candlelit drink. Although both not strictly in the Rosemount area, more next door neighbours, these boozers should definitely be on top of your list.