New plans to let city centre pubs stay open until 3am reflect what residents in Aberdeen want, according to councillors.
Aberdeen City Council has proposed allowing public houses to stay open later on Fridays and Saturdays until 3am under new measures.
Members of the local authority’s licensing board will be asked to approve the move on Tuesday as part of their new policy statement.
Councillor Alexander McLellan, who sits on the board, said the changes “reflect what folk in Aberdeen want”.
He added: “I think it’s fair to say that people are looking for a different kind of experience now, particularly around the hybrid type venues, which provide food and drink and perhaps some live music compared to the traditional nightclub environment.
“Although, I’m sure there will still be those who prefer the nightclubs, our city should be able to cater for all.”
Marie Boulton, convener of the committee, claimed people in the city are looking for “different types” of entertainment when councillors met to discuss the proposals yesterday.
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She added: “The way we have structured the policy in terms of hours, I think we have met those expectations.”
Meanwhile board member Freddie John added that young people were “less likely” to go to nightclubs.
But councillor Alan Donnelly, who also sits on the board, told members that nightclubs were “struggling” and said the council needs to do more to support them in their policies.
The proposals would remove the requirement for venues in the city centre to provide “significant entertainment” to stay open until 3am.
But nightclub operators, including TGC Leisure have slammed the proposals on safety grounds, claiming there would be more public drunkenness and violence.
The firm also said the proposals could lead to the closure of nightclubs in the city and create a situation where there would be a “serious shortage” of properly trained door stewards.