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11 Aberdeen pubs and clubs you definitely went to in the 90s that aren’t there anymore

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It was a time when neon clothing, glow sticks and raves dominated.

But now 90s merchandise is often only associated with themed parties with guests sporting over-crimped hair styles and too much denim.

The pubs and clubs where they were originally showcased, however, are still with us – at least in spirit.

So forget the pubs of the 00s, the 80s, and even more of the  80s, spending Friday nights in Hoochi Coochi, Bernie Bubbles and Smart Alex was what got you through working the week.

Here’s 11 memories for those who partied in the 90s.

1) Cotton Club, Union Street

cotton club The Cotton Club was a French-style wine bar owned by Aberdeen businessmen father and son James and Stuart Clarkson.

2) Smart Alex, Littlejohn Street

smart alexBefore Estaminet, Bruin, Sin and Ricky Flynn’s, Smart Alex was where you had your after work pint.

3) Charlie Brown’s, Bon Accord Terrace

charlie brownsCharlie Brown’s was always bustling with atmosphere.

4) Berlin’s, Windmill Brae

berlins Judging by the length of the queue, Berlin’s was a decent place to go.

5) Barnie Rubble’s, Union Street

barnies Barnie’s pledged to be a club people could go to whether they were 20 or 50.

6) Oscar’s, Union Street

1563_001Oscar’s, which was part of the Capitol, gave Aberdeen that 1930s touch.

7) Hoochi Coochi, Windmill Brae

hoochi coochi Hoochi Coochi was known as several names, including Moshulu and Warehouse.

The carpet doesn’t seem to have changed though.

8) Franklyn’s, Justice Mill Lane

franklins The disco lights say it all.

9) Bex, Justice Mill Lane


According to Press and Journal photographer Kenny Elrick, it was the “place to be”.

10) Long Island Iced Tea Shop, Union Street

long island It was good while it lasted.

11) Mr G’s, Chapel Street

mr g Mr G’s was so good, it made it to Inverness.

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