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Type: Bar, Eatery

7 St Nicholas Lane
Aberdeen, Scotland, AB10 1HF
United Kingdom

+44-1224-640597 | map

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 5
Reviews by champ103:
Photo of champ103
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is an exellent place to grab some cask beer in Aberdeen. Overal a really good pub owned by Belhaven. The feel is great. It is an old pub that has been around for over a hundered years. There is a long wood bar that runs the length of the right side. You order your beer and food at the bar. If you have food, the bartender gives you a ticket, and you walk to the back. The cook takes your order, and it is out in about five minutes. Overall, this place has very good serivce that is knowledgeable and quick.

The food was decent. Above average pub grub with a few interesting iteams. I had the penne pasta that was good, but nothing special.

Anyway, on to the beer. Lots of cask offerings to choose from. I counted 7 hand pumps. Including several Inveralmond, including Pricne of Wales Ale (AKA Ossian), Independence Ale, along with Caledonian 80. Several other casks that I did not get a chance to try. Though the quality can not be beat. Everything is fresh and top notch. They know cask, period.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time here. About half the people at the pub was drinking Tennents, the other half drinking cask. That is a better ratio of people drinking macro to craft in most beer bars in the US. That is always good. Like I said above, and excellnt place to get some cask beer. Come and get it.

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Photo of stercomm
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

On a business trip and was told to visit this pub my one of our local folks. Great place. They had about 7-8 cask ales along with the standard taps found in the UK. We stayed with the cask selection the entire evening.

As you walk in a long wood bar to your right, some tables to the left and it appeared a couple of rooms with tables behind them.

The place was somewhat crowed, we hit it around 6PM on a Friday night. Stood at the bar right by the hand pulls. Two of the casks emptied out and got to watch the cleaning process as they cleaned the lines for the next cask which was a differnt ale. Young guy doing the line cleaning then getting the approval of an older guy before the new cask was hooked up.

Wait staff was very friendly and efficent, even on a busy night. Tried 4 different brews all good, had a couple of bitters, an ale and a dark oatmeal brew, of course now can't remember the names.

Will definitely go back next time I'm in town.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here for a few pints before bording the ferry to the Orkney Islands-about 3/4 of a mile from ferry terminal. Tucked down a small alley like street from the city center. Doing a nice business for a Saturday at 3pm. Warm and cozy pub atmosphere inside. Service was good and attentive. 7 cask beers going, ranging from a bitter to an IPA to a dark ale. All premium stuff. 1 was a beer brewed by Belhaven for the pub itself. The usual euro lagers/Tennent's lager and Guinness rounded out the selection. Did not try the food. Prices seemed reasonable for the city center area. Well worth stopping here if you are in town, and being so close to the city enter I would think it would be an easy do.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Visited the Prince of Wales in August 2009. I was told by a few locals that this place was hands down the best in Aberdeen. Not many spots in Aberdeen, period, but of the several I was in, this bar was by far the best. Having visited the other smaller cities in Scotland, like Dundee and Inverness, PoW may have been my favorite.

PoW is a spacious, comfortable, lively establishment divided into 2 long rooms (with I think another smaller dining area toward the back). Like the other reviewer stated, PoW has 8 hand pumps. That fact I remember. Each beer I had (and I had each beer) was great, as are a lot of ales in Scotland if you enjoy tasty, low ABV session ales. The beauty of Scotland, too, is that you can order half-pints in just about every bar, making sampling everything less expensive.

The menu is, for the most part, traditional, home-style Scottish fare. Although we didn't eat anything, we definitely noticed that their menu offered a greater volume and variety (as opposed to general pub snacks) than the 100's of places we checked out.

All in all, if you're looking to drink great ale and have good conversation in a vibrant place, I would highly recommend the Prince of Wales if you happen to be in Aberdeen.

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Photo of hnareid
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Prince of Wales is the probably the best known pub in Aberdeen city centre among lovers of real ale. It has been voted the city pub of the year in 2002 and 2004 by the members of the Aberdeen, Grampian and Northern Isles region of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra). It has been a regular in Camra's yearly pub guide, "The Good Beer Guide" (the definitive guide to real ale in Great Britain) since 1982, with a total of 22 entries.

The bar has 8 hand pumps and serve a continuously varying range of real ales, with a bias towards Scottish independent brewers. The beer is invariably in good condition.

No lover of beer can visit Aberdeen without (at least) a pint at the Prince of Wales!

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Prince Of Wales in Aberdeen, GB6, United Kingdom
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