Call to ban music outside restaurant at Aberdeen’s Marischal Square

Marischal Square will be open soon.

Licensing bosses want to ban music outside a restaurant planned for a major new city centre development.

All Bar One wants permission for music to be played outside its proposed site in Marischal Square.

The firm hopes to allow drinking from 10am until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

It’s also hoped youngsters will be allowed on the premises with an adult after 9pm.

But Aberdeen City Council’s licensing standards team wants to ban music and entertainment outdoors while also only allowing drinking outside until 10pm.

Aberdeen’s licensing board will vote on the application on Tuesday.

Licensing standards officer Diane Sande said: “Regarding the external area, I have no objection but if granted I would recommend that a terminal hour of 10pm is implemented and also that there will be no live entertainment or recorded music played within the external area.”

It added: “I would recommend that children and young people are not permitted access for the purposes of being supplied with a soft drink only.”

Marriott International, Mackie’s and Prezzo have also signed up to the £107 million Marischal Square development.

All Bar One said there would be 260 covers within the premises and 46 outside, while live performances would be “occasional” or “limited”.

Concerns have been raised by Police Scotland over the number of people using the premises solely as a bar rather than a restaurant.

In a letter to the licensing board, Chief Constable Philip Gormley said: “The premises are currently under construction and this particular brand does not have any other, similar premises currently operating in Aberdeen.

“The applicant

does, however, operate All Bar One premises in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

“Police Scotland understands these existing premises operate as premises with both dining and bar facilities.

“Furthermore, it is understood that these premises are, particularly during early evening and weekends, enjoyed by customers seeking a bar ambiance. “It is therefore my view that the other All Bar One premises in Scotland appear not to operate principally as a restaurant.”

All Bar One was contacted for comment.