Charles Abercrombie was the engineer who proposed the construction of the highway that became the road we now know as Union Street.
The Street was built to relieve the strain of the small cramped streets that people coming into the city had to navigate and it was built higher than the old town and designed to include the five entrances from the city. Appropriately, the pub that bears his name is a great upholder of tradition, believing in friendliness, hospitality and service – not to mention good food and good drink. The Abercrombie is the last remaining property in Aberdeen with a ‘sunk’ – or external basement – and is the only place on Union Street with stairs.
This roomy pub with its period light fittings, ornate gold mirror and popular beer garden is a hit with a mixed crowd including shoppers, couples, families and sports fans all through the week.
‘The Abercrombie is the last remaining property in Aberdeen with a ‘sunk’ – or external basement’
That’s not the only way this lively bar stands out from the crowd. With one big screen, five plasma TVs and two Sky boxes, it draws in a crowd in search of football, rugby, Formula One and other major fixtures. Also popular are the two quiz nights: a general knowledge competition on Wednesday, with a £30 meal voucher first prize; and a specialist music and sports contest early on Sunday evening. There’s a DJ on Saturday, a pool table and, of course, the beer garden at the rear.