51-53 Meadowside | Dundee DD1 1EQ
Rad Apples is a fully vegan bar/diner which opened for business in November 2019. They’ve fast made an impression within the ‘City of Discovery’ for their inclusive punk ethos and tasty vegan delights.
Formerly known as Conroy's Bar, and before that Foreigners, the Meadwoside based venue has a rich musical history and has long attracted the city's punks and metalheads over recent decades.
The venue is currently ran by couple Derrick Johnston and Hazel Aitken. Johnston in particular is one of the co-founders of the east coast punk label, Make-That-A-Take Records, and also the owner of the gig venue Conroy's Basement (situated below Rad Apples). Therefore, the couple's punk background and ethics have been hugely important in how they want to do things with their latest venture.
Looking at the food, the venue’s varied vegan dishes inspired by their chefs Lewis and Laura have been central to Rad Apples’ wide appeal across the city. Deep-fried pickles and the venue’s own take on the Canadian mainstay Poutine have proved popular with punters. But it’s the Rad Apples burgers which have been the menu’s star attraction.
There’s also plenty of regular events to get involved with and on the whole, it’s evident that the people behind Rad Apples are committed to creating something positive for Dundee from their latest venture. As well as music and veganism, a sense of local community is also hugely important to the owners.