50 Shades of the Grey City
Located on the beautiful River Dee, Aberdeen may have the nickname The Grey City, but it’s anything but colourless. Aberdeen has won the Britain in Bloom competition a record-breaking ten times and most of the city’s buildings are made from locally quarried granite, which sparkles in the sun, due to its high mica content – making it the prettiest spot around, in our books.
Despite regularly being cast into the shadows by its older sisters, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Aberdeen is a wonderful party city in its own right. Apart from lively locals, 11.5% of the city’s population is made up of fun-loving students, which is good news for your hen do because more students equals more bars. Plus, as the city is pretty much all walkable (stiletto size dependent), you should be able to hit all of the main nightlife hubs by foot.
I had never been before my best mate's hen party but I genuinely can't wait to go back. Institute is one of the best clubs I've ever been to.
Peppered sporadically throughout the city like confetti, each nightlife pocket is bigger and better than the next. Some of the biggest nightclubs include Bridge Place’s Institute, with its high-end DJs and state of the art sound and lighting systems across in the multilevel nightclub and the seriously clandestine The Tunnels music venue, nestled beneath Union Street. Located in the same area as the legendary Institute, the Crown Street / Bath Street / Bridge Street intersection also houses many hen friendly bars such as Kristals, Butlers Restaurant and Club and Halo Bar Kitchen. Nestled snugly in the West End neighbourhood, the converted ecclesiastical church, Babylon, boasts strobe lighting and fancy red interiors to get you into the party spirit.
Where Aberdeen trumps other Scottish party destinations, is that it even has its own beach; but don’t pack your bikinis just yet, as temperatures peak at a moderate 18°C even in the height of summer. As far as tourist attractions, history and cultural hotspots go, Aberdeen is overflowing. Castles, cathedrals, old jails and museums – Aberdeen has it all. Tick the culture box with style, then head out to experience the renowned Aberdeen nightlife – sounds like the perfect hen weekend to us.