While customers may not be able to catch up for a glass of wine or a pint indoors, venues have adapted to offer up comfortable outdoor experiences.
For those gasping for a pint at their local or looking to catch up over some drinks at their favourite restaurant, the only way to do so from Friday at 6pm is to book yourself a place to dine al fresco.
With new restrictions coming into play this weekend, venues across the area have once again reinvented their outdoor spaces to be able to retain custom to keep their businesses afloat.
The Scottish Government has put restrictions in place which will see hospitality venues close at 6pm indoors and 10pm outside. No alcohol can be purchased or consumed inside, and can only be ordered to be enjoyed outside.
To help you figure out where you can go to enjoy a drink or two, we’ve rounded up the outdoor hospitality venues now open and offering al fresco dining and drinks outside in the area.
From the trendiest bars to cutesy country pubs, not to mention lavish hotels launching new concepts and restaurants transforming the outdoor space they have, eateries across the north-east and the Highlands have been working tirelessly to provide a safe and welcoming space where everyone can have a good time responsibly.
Check out some of the places you can now grab a pint and a cocktail.
Just remember to bring a blanket with you and wrap up warm!
Please note: this list will be updated as more venues announce their status over the next couple of days.
The Globe Inn
The Chester Hotel
The Dutch Mill
No.10 Bar & Restaurant – new concept coming soon but remains open in current state…
The Bieldside Inn
Ferryhill House Hotel
Books and Beans
Cove Bay Hotel
Inn at the Park
The Butchers Arms
Slains Castle – Aberdeen
The Spider’s Web
Formartine’s – Tarves
The Balmoral Bar – Ballater
The Broadstraik Inn – Elrick
The Square – Kintore
The New Inn Hotel – Ellon
Banchory Lodge Hotel – Banchory
The Seafield Arms Hotel – Cullen
The Scullery at Newmachar Hotel – Newmachar
Molly’s Cafe Bar/ Beach Bistro – Stonehaven
Holiday Inn Aberdeen West – Westhill
Belevedere Hotel – Stonehaven
Pinz Bowling – Elgin (Moray)
Johnny Foxes & The Den
La Tortilla Asesina
Little Italy Restaurant
Culloden Moor Inn Takeaway
Dows Bar & Bistro