Christmas is synonymous with the coming together of family and friends. For some this means travelling home for these gatherings.   We've pulled together a few of our favourite spots for a festive catch up in #winterABDN.

The Tippling House
The Tippling House have gained a number of awards since opening in 2012, they were recently named one of the top ten best cocktails bars by the sea. The intimate atmosphere and subterranean decor create a friendly atmosphere for a catch up with loved ones. With a wide selection of drinks available and a hearty food menu available daily between 5pm - 11pm, you can settle in for a good blether.

The Tippling House Port of Call Festive Cocktail


Cognito on the Corner
Cognito on the Corner is a new addition to the Aberdeen City restaurant scene, the cafe-bistro opened its' doors on 4 December 2017 - Christmas Day will mark its' 3 week anniversary. Cognito on the Corner is part of the Aberdeen chain Cognito (Cognito Café and Cognito Deli) - with the fourth Cognito business to open shortly in Spring 2018. Cognito try to source as much local as they can from local suppliers and producer. Brunches and suppers are not the only thing on the menu, you can also enjoy a extensive range of wines, gins and craft beers. What else could you need for your festive catch up?

Cognito on the Corner


Brown Sugar Cafe
Do you fancy meeting up for a sweet treat or light lunch rather than a full meal? The Brown Sugar Cafe in beautiful Ballater offers the finest selection of home baking from sandwiches and paninis to soups or perhaps you'd prefer one of their cakes instead. On the finer days you can sit outside in the secluded garden area or for the cooler days you can sit in the cosy indoor cafe. While in Ballater be sure to make time to explore majestic Royal Deeside!

Brown Sugar Cafe


Eat on the Green
Is your catch up to mark a special occasion? Eat on the Green in the quaint village of Udny Green has become known as one of Aberdeenshire's best restaurants. The locally sourced ingredients help "guarantee a true taste of Scotland ". Eat on the Green currently offers eight different menus - including Christmas lunches, Christmas dinners and the regular lunch and dinner menus.

Eat on the Green


The Bothy Restaurant at Palm Court Hotel
Can't decide whether you'd prefer something light, filling or just some drinks instead. The Bothy Restaurant at the Palm Court offers a comforting and relaxed atmosphere - perfect for meeting friends and family for a chat over food and drinks. They also have a bar area with live sports on the big screen and friendly Scottish hospitality.

The Bothy Restaurant Palm Court


Looking for something a little bit more filling for your catch up - why not read our blog on Christmas Dinner for some inspiration or check out our Eat and Drink section?


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