The Illicit Still
Netherkirkgate , Broad Street , Aberdeen , AB10 1AU
Nestled in a great spot, in the heart of Aberdeen, The Illicit Still is famous for their warm and friendly atmosphere.
You can relax in cosy comfortable surroundings. Whether it’s an after-work drink, the biggest live sporting events, a hearty meal or a special occasion, The Illicit Still welcomes you!
The Illicit Still is delighted to offer catering for your special day, perhaps a birthday, graduation, leaving party, hen-do, their management team will be happy to help reserve an area for you and discuss menu options. Why not pop in for a chat?
Here’s a little history lesson. Back in the good old days, to avoid payment of the ‘malt tax’ imposed in 1713 by an English parliament, Highlanders took to remote glens and hillsides, to where whisky could be crafted undetected. Their equipment was rudimentary and easy to dismantle to aid a quick escape from pursuing excise men or ‘gaugers’.
It was reported in 1798 that the ‘industry was in a thousand hands’ and by 1823 there were 14,000 official discoveries of illicit stills. That’s a mere fraction of those that escaped the ‘gauger’..
Get into the spirit and ask The Illicit Still about their whisky selection while contemplating the historic factor!