When I venture to the dark cold north, or as some people choose to call it Aberdeen, to visit friends I quite often end up in here. As there is a goodly range of fine draft beverages and the atmosphere is very conducive to an old ex-headbanger like me.
It is one of these places that is very layed back with a dress code that consists of you must be wearing at least something to cover your modesty. The clientele vary but the majority may be referred to as tending towards the rockier side of musical taste.
Frequent band nights make it a good night as well.
I was up in Aberdeen with some American friends who were on a tour and we wanted to do some karaoke. We didn't know anywhere, so we were just passing trade when we walked in. I instantly felt out of place with my hipster scarf and carrot jeans, but I'm short so I just hid behind my friends so as not to draw attention from the leather jackets (after a couple of drinks, they seem less scary.)
Looked at the karaoke book; t'was all rock/metal/theoccasionalspicegirlsong, but as I browsed the guy told me what I should and shouldn't sing because of flying bottles and all that. I felt he was joking, but look in his eyes said I've seen things, so I took his suggestions and sat my arse back down.
Had a couple of ales. Awesome wee selection. Nothing too common, so you got to try new things and get blotto at the same time. I could've sworn I saw Absinthe over the counter, but I got a stern warning from my friend that he wasn't prepared to cope with a dead me, so that was that plan firmly buggered.
The toilets were the scariest piece of work I've seen in a while. Like Silent Hill scary. Eerily silent, dripping noises, walls you don't wanna touch, no lock on the door, (there might have been several, I just remember a lot of broken locks,) I swear the mirror is like a portal to another dimension. It all adds to the atmosphere though.
Karaoke crowd was pretty good. There was an awesome lady with a man's metal voice which was an attraction in itself. Seemed like a regular, so go over and congratulate her on having an scarily amazing set of vocal chords.
Came to my songs. Mr Brightside went down ok, but I missed the known-but-unpredictable double length bit between the first two verses (Don't tell me you don't know what I mean) and I got a groan, which was to be expected. Frankly, I deserved it. My American friend went up and sang a damn-ok version of The Show Must Go On, and she got the guys attention despite, like myself, more out of place than a [insert bad analogy here, I'm too lazy for this.]
May have got chatted up by a pirate after too, so mine can't have been that bad. He was cute, but I'm notoriously bad at reading guy-signals and I wasn't sure how gay friendly the bar was, but surely when someone's left their hand on your inner thigh just that weeeeeeee bit too long, that's gotta mean something. My friends were giving me the smirk and raised eyebrow.
That's it. The most interesting night I've had in a bar ever. Will probably head up again if I'm in Aberdeen for some other reason.
I love Moorings Bar. The first time I came in here, I asked for cider. They have three ciders on tap, and I couldn't make up my mind, so they gave me sizable samples of all three for free. Major points for the fabulous selection of both domestic and imported beer and cider. The open mic is a mixed bag and has a slightly rougher edge than the usual sappy singer-songwriter night. I'm not sure what it's like now as I haven't been there in two years (moved to New York), but the vibe was harbor punk when I was there. The general area has a seedy element, so look out.
Another favourite. Great selection of rare beers. Great character within this place. Random bands keep it refreshed and it is a good one for spending hours in. The staff are very friendly and it another open-minded outlet where people can express themselves however they wish whether they be a pirate or not. :)
The Moorings is one of the best small venues, my band, The Other Side, has ever gigged in. Great set-up, friendly locals superior back line equipment. Thanks for having us.
if there were more stars id put more up :D MY personal local when i go into aberdeen, cheap drinks, even cheaper with a student card, 10% further discount if you dress like a pirate! alt karaoke on a wednesday, bands on friday and saturday and open mic night on a sunday. BANGIN'!
enjoyed drinking and playing at the moorings but not now.seems mr flash thinks that the darts are not for his pub. hope his decision proves the right one as the darters spend money for nine months of the year every monday and that works out to be an average of roughly 38 mondays when at least 10 people would be spending before,during & after a darts match.then include the away players every second week.good thinking mr flash !!!
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