New 10-day festival to showcase Aberdeen’s vibrant nightlife

It's hoped the festival will attract more people to the city centre.
It's hoped the festival will attract more people to the city centre.

Aberdeen is set to host a 10-day festival that celebrates its vibrant nightlife.

After the success of Aberdeen’s first Restaurant Week, bosses at Aberdeen Inspired have announced the launch of Inspired Nights. The event is set to take place in the city from May 18 until May 27 to highlight the best food and drink Aberdeen has to offer.

Ninety-Nine Bar and Kitchen

Businesses across the city centre are being encouraged by organisers to get involved with the festival, which aims to reignite Aberdeen’s nightlife and celebrate the extensive offering across night time economy.

Festival-goers will get the chance to explore the city’s bars, restaurants and nightclubs to enjoy the exclusive Inspired Nights signature drinks list – which will include discounts on mocktails and soft drinks.

They will also have VIP access to masterclasses, tastings and talks.

Since Nuart, a celebration of street art in Aberdeen, is set to grace the city as of April 15, people will get the chance to see and explore the newly minted Nuart artwork at night, while browsing night street food markets on The Green along with pop-up events across the city.

Nicola Johnston, evening and night-time economy manager for Aberdeen Inspired, said: “Aberdeen Restaurant Week was very successful earlier this year and we want to build on this and create a vibrant night-time economy which showcases everything Aberdeen city centre has to offer. Similar projects have proved popular across the country, such as Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend which launched last year.

“Inspired Nights means the city and traders will benefit from a healthy increase in footfall and customer spending.

“Aberdeen city centre was recently awarded Purple Flag status for the fifth consecutive year, which means the city has been recognised for its commitment to promoting a safe and secure night-time economy while also promoting a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere.

“We are delighted with the initial reaction from local businesses and their enthusiasm and we want to encourage as many bars, restaurants and nightclubs to get involved and to get behind the festival.”

There will be a special drinks list for festival-goers

Festival wristbands will be available for purchase online and collected in person from the Inspired Nights Hub at Rye & Soda in the Academy on Belmont Street.

They will give festival-goers access to the exclusive Inspired Nights signature drink menus and discount on food, events, talks and masterclasses across the city centre.

Adrian Gomes, of 10 Dollar Shake, said: “We’re looking forward to playing our part during Inspired Nights this spring, which will give all the bars and restaurants in the city centre a platform to show off their creativity and passion.

“They provide a substantial contribution to the local economy and it’s great that Aberdeen Inspired is supporting this great initiative.”

The businesses that have so far signed up through Aberdeen Inspired are Siberia, Ninety-Nine Bar and Kitchen and the Tippling House.

The Tunnels and Cafe Drummonds have signed up as live music venues.

Aberdeen City Centre Hotel on Belmont Street is also expected to be offering accommodation promotions for the duration of the festival.

The team at Aberdeen Inspired said it is still working to get more city centre businesses signed up to participate.