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Address: 2 Trinity Quay | Merchant Quarter, Aberdeen AB11 5AA, Scotland (Formerly The Moorings Bar)
Phone Number:
+44 1224 587602
13:00 - 00:00
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Sun 14:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 13:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 14:00 - 03:00

Established in 1965, and Aberdeen's original live music bar. This...

Established in 1965, and Aberdeen's original live music bar. This beautifully equipped, state of the art, 200 capacity venue is conveniently located where the harbour meets the city centre, between Union Street and nearby Union Square (where parking only costs £1 between 6pm and 4am). The bar boasts an impressive range of booze and specialises in absinthe, cask ale, cask cider, rum, tiki, and world beers. Live music appears every Friday and Saturday from 9pm-11pm, on an elevated stage. This typically showcasing touring bands with support from local acts. The venue is equipped with a sizeable dance floor and late night DJs on Friday and Saturday from 11pm-3am. The music on offer is of the alternative persuasion with a mix of rock, metal, punk, disco, funk, soul, electronica, and hardcore on offer, all on the same night.

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Loads of great beer and character

There's a huge selection of beers and ciders, as well as a rock/indie music theme. It's a great place to see bands at the weekend. Usually there are DJ's afterwards till... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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468 reviews
191 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's a huge selection of beers and ciders, as well as a rock/indie music theme. It's a great place to see bands at the weekend. Usually there are DJ's afterwards till 3am. The place had a great deal of character as well as the characters who drink there. It is supposedly haunted. A great bar worth checking out, and very... More 

Thank headbeeguy
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Lots of bottled and on draft beers and ciders to choose from as well as delicious cocktails. Some interesting spirits too. Great atmosphere, staff and the owner. May get lucky and see a parrot. Definitely a friendly, very enjoyable place for drinks and a grand venue for gigs. Go and see for yourself.

Thank Foody L
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Went to the pub with my Dad (77) and friends for The Johny Cash tribute night. It did not disappoint! As a cider drinker, I was in my element to see roughly 6 varieties of cider on tap...and not a Magners in sight...phew!! A nice selection of draft beer and ale for the old man too. As a customer in... More 

3 Thank Yellowmarigold76
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

A great bar & fantastic venue .Yes the name has changed' the interior tweeked a bit. But the Vibe is still alive and well. The last gig i played had Swiss ' German & American punks attend. A busy gig indeed. I say pop in for a gig/few drinks and make your own conclusions. You wont be disappointed

Thank frankiebhoy691
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 February 2017

my visit to Krakatoa was fantastic, we arrived pretty early and the atmosphere was great, the bar staff were super friendly and got our drinks really quick!(all night.. even when they were rushed off their feet! bless em..) the door staff were lovely too. as a music venue its one of the best in the town and i've never been... More 

1 Thank dawnf71
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

I visited this bar quite regularly a few years ago before the change to the new name and "Tiki Bar" theme and I have to say it was great. Unfortunately I had the displeasure of visiting this bar over the weekend and it has done downhill! The staff were very rude and seemed to spend more time talking to "regulars"... More 

4 Thank James C
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

This used to be called Moorings and it was the best place to go for a drink, friends and atmosphere for the last 9 years. However right before it changed it's name from Moorings to Krakatoa, it has gone downhill. The service is horrible. The toilets are not as clean as other bars in the area. There are cover charges... More 

5 Thank PirateSixtyniyn
Darlington, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

In Aberdeen for the evening and after reading the reviews decided to give here a try. Got as far as the door and was asked to pay £5 each to enter. Not expecting to pay to go into a pub so politely declined and had a great night round the corner for free, spending around £50 on drinks.

4 Thank BilltheBus
IPSquint, Custodian at Krakatoa, responded to this review

Hi Bill, Krakatoa operates as a live music venue at the weekend. It's fully soundproofed, with a state of the art 25KW PA system, and a large elevated stage. We employ people to book, and promote our live music programme, as well as a sound engineer, security personnel, and a cashier to take tickets and entry fees on the door.... More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

compact location, well equipped with PA system & fit for purpose, great venue & choice of drinks. sitting arrangement is rather non-existent, ie, don't look for 'cabaret' arrangement with tables, but staff polite and friendly.

1 Thank Dave M
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I visit this place just for their perfect coctails. The place is so chill and they do have jukebox so you can listen to muzic you like. Not only for metal fans but also good for different night out. ;)

3 Thank Indrė J

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