May 11, 2018
A stylish new addition to Aberdeen’s blossoming cocktail bar scene, Orchid is somewhat removed from the Union Street throb it’s tucked away in Bon Accord Square, though the entrance is on Langstane Place. The bar is on the small side but beautifully decorated with a recurring floral motif accented with pink courtesy of local artist Johanna Bashford; while it’s rather feminine in aesthetic, it’s not excessively girly. The mood is grown up, sophisticated, making Orchid a place to take your time and appreciate your drinks. Cocktails are well made since you’re in Scotland you should probably try a Rob Roy (made with Lagavulin, Antica Formula and Jerry Thomas bitters) though you’ll find them equally a dab hand at a traditional Manhattan or Margarita. More adventurous sorts might want to try the Shrek Almighty! (made from Green Chartreuse, Wray and Nephew, Midori, lime juice and touch of sugar) or, if you like your cocktails to count towards your ‘five a day’ fruit and vegetables you can try the Avocado and Black Pepper Daiquiri, while more carnivorous sorts can try the Duck Fat Margarita or the Bacon Old Fashioned. The music is well chosen and, while it can get lively, it’s never off-puttingly raucous. The venue also hosts regular events as well as mixology classes should you want to learn some of the tricks of the bartender’s trade. Contemporary, cool and classy, Orchid brings some welcome warmth and glamour to the grey, granite tide of Aberdeen. Note, it’s open evenings only, but keeps going well into the early hours most nights (2am weeknights, 3am weekends).