Feature by Susan Anderson | 12 Sep 2009


The Perth Road is one of the most popular areas with students and it’s easy to see why. As well as being the cultural centre (the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre and The Rep Theatre are both here), there are plenty of great pubs and places to eat. Head up South Tay Street towards the Westport which has seen a bit of regeneration recently with several student bars opening on the thoroughfare between the Dundee Uni Student Union and the Perth Road. If the sunshine comes out and you fancy relaxing, make your way down to Magdalen Green just off the Perth Road or catch a bus to nearby Broughty Ferry where you can get an ice-cream at Visocchis (40 Gray Street) and head down to the beach.


For the best views of Dundee head to the Top of The Tower cafe in Dundee University – a great lunchtime menu for next to nothing. If burgers are your thing look no further than Tonic (141 Nethergate) where there are an incredible 53 burger varieties on offer. You’ll often find great bands playing here at weekends, too. For more burgers, head to Ketchup (10 South Tay St) – open til 2am, it’s perfect for a late-night snack. There are three Dundee institutions that you absolutely must try: Clarks, the 24 hour bakery (Unit 3, Annfield Row off Annfield Road) is the perfect post-club eaterie; The Agacan (113 Perth Rd) – a fantastic Turkish restaurant, which although not cheap, is well worth that extra bit of cash. The restaurant is tiny yet colourful as it’s filled to the brim with the owner’s own artwork. Finally, make sure you take a trip to the Deep Sea Restaurant (81 Nethergate) – open for over 60 years, you’ll find the best fish and chips here.


Laing’s Bar and Kitchen (8 Roseangle) has achieved legendary status among students. Located just across from the Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art, this pub has a great atmosphere and if it’s sunny, enjoy a beer in the incredible south-facing beer garden with views right out over the River Tay. Close by is the Art Bar (140 Perth Rd), a fantastic basement bar with some excellent live music. If you’re hungry ask at the bar and have a pizza delivered from the excellent pizzeria next door. After you’ve worked your way along the Perth Road head towards the Westport and stop in at Kokomo (21-23 Old Hawkhill) where you’ll find some amazing cocktails. When it comes to good clubs, there are a few to choose from. A favourite is Fat Sam’s (31 South Ward Rd) which also has Fat Sam’s Live attached – a great live music venue. Next door is the recently opened Liquid (21 South Ward Rd) which has two rooms catering for every music taste. The Underground (25 South Tay St) may be Dundee’s smallest club but it’s got great music and a more intimate feel. Also remember, Wednesday is Dundee’s student night – everywhere you go, you’ll find great drinks promos, 2 for 1 offers and discounted entry.