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4.4 /6 Very Good 38 Reviews


City Centre Bar, Cocktail Bar £££ +100
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About Soul

Dear diners, so this restaurant can best accommodate you, please indicate in the Special Requests field whether you would like a reservation for a meal or just for drinks.

This is where we go to heal our hurts. Or at least where we go when we want a fabulous cocktail in Aberdeen city centre. Soul is a bar that makes guests cross themselves when they enter, not least because it’s set in a former church on the corner of Union Street and Bon-Accord Street. Reconsecrated as a gathering place for refined drinks and soul food that walks the walk from British to American classics, the stunning venue has retained the stained glass windows and high ceilings of the original. On the mixology side, Soul boasts the biggest selection of rums in Aberdeen and a great range of regional Scotch whiskies. On the food side you can get creative with Asian dishes, classic with American hot dogs, or get comfortable with the Soul signature burger.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 01:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 01:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 00:00
Soul, 333 Union Street, AB11 6BS Aberdeen

Further Information

Dear diners, please be aware that tables booked online are available for 2 hours only. To enquire about a lengthier booking, please contact the restaurant directly.

Reserved tables will be held for 20 minutes only, so if you are late, please contact the restaurant. For large groups, due to demand it may be necessary to split parties into multiple tables. Please contact the restaurant for further information.

View Soul Menu


38 Reviews

4.4 /6 Very Good 38 Reviews
Food: delicious
Waiting Time: short
Noise: average
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
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Bernd L.
1 review so far 6
22.06.2017 18:52

This Location is a verry good place to enjoy a good meal and drinks. when we stay next in aberdeen, we will visit the Soul church again. Best wishes from Germany Bernd & Geli www.bomb.de.com

Adelle C.
1 review so far 6
08.02.2017 17:39

Always great service combined with good food & drinks menu. A good all round classy pub with a buzzing atmosphere. If you can try to catch acoustic singer Myke Black who usually plays on a Saturday.

heather G.
1 review so far 6
31.01.2017 03:36

staff were attentive service was smart meal we ordered was exellent the whole experience was first class infact we have purchased another voucher for next month

Katrina M.
2 reviews so far 6
30.01.2017 18:22

Out for a girly lunch!! Great selection on the menu, we all ate different things and all food was lovely also got great service. Will definitely be going back very soon!

Kenny M.
1 review so far 5
08.05.2017 16:08

Food was excellent, great atmosphere, staff very good. they should not serve tonic from the mixer tap, only sell bottles, the only minus was the fact that the staff would sometimes give you bottles of tonic then other times they would give you the mixer tonic, , especially the waiter who was serving us he knew we were drinking gin and bottle tonic but then he would bring another gin with tonic from the mixer tap!!!!,. but we had a really good night. we would recommend Soul and we will go back.

Lynsey N.
1 review so far 5
25.02.2017 00:00

Had a lovely lunch here after being given an itison voucher. There were plenty of places to sit, the place is huge. A lovely setting. The food on offer is high quality, an excellent and varied selection. We had the chocolate fondant for pudding and it was delicious. I would certainly go back to try a few other things on the menu, the choice is really high end for very affordable prices.

Kirsty A.
1 review so far 1
17.12.2016 00:41

Yesterday we had a Christmas dinner booked for 8. Upon arrival, we were shown to our table. Everything looked great but before we could sit down another customer informed the staff that table was already taken. After checking the reservation, we had to wait whilst another table got set up, which was absolutely fine with us. This table was crammed next to the fire escape, which was open at the time meaning it was freezing cold, with no decorations, just a couple of menus. We complained at this point to our waitress as to why we hadn't received any crackers etc. We were swiftly ignored and from that point on nobody came to take any food orders. The manager looked over but even he ignored the situation. Even as we left to find somewhere else to eat nobody bothered to check if anything was wrong. Never had such bad service whenever we've been to Soul whether it's been for drinks or food. Extremely disappointed and won't be going back anytime soon.

Jessica T.
1 review so far 5
28.10.2016 15:46

Food was very good and service was pretty decent considering just a few wait staff for a few big tables. Only issue was the high prices for a lunch meal. There were only a tiny handful of "lunch" items available (soup and sandwich combo for £6) - everything else was at "all day prices." Would probably go more often if more extensive lunch menu available.

Zoey M.
2 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 03:19

Fast service friendly and helpful staff, food was modern and of high standard And great atmosphere with live music too will definitely dine at Soul again soon

Lesley-Ann P.
1 review so far 4
29.05.2017 16:10

The food was lovely and the cocktails fab but the service was really poor. We ordered our food and it came quick enough but then took some time for the table to be cleared, for us to be asked if we wanted anything else and then we waited so long for anyone to come back to ask for the bill that we ended up just asking at the bar.

Celia G.
1 review so far 6
30.12.2016 15:59

Service was very good, we explained that we had limited time as we were going to theatre afterwards and also that there was a coeliac sufferer in the group. The food arrived in well in time and all of the group enjoyed their food.

Anne-Louise T.
1 review so far 5
06.03.2017 18:53

Generally a positive experience, however it would be beneficial to train staff on how to direct patrons who have a table reservation. I had to ask 3 people before someone knew where our table was and about our reservation. Otherwise I can't fault the service received from our waitress. Will probably return.

amanda j.
1 review so far 3
02.02.2017 16:23

Food was delicious at Soul but my main course was more like a starter portion. We dined at 6.15pm but the music was so loud I could hardly hear conversation, so we left as soon as we had eaten. 😕

Karen C.
1 review so far 5
05.12.2016 06:56

the manageress went to a lot of effort to give us a table next to the disabled toilet as we had a disabled lady in our group. The staff were very obliging taking our group photos too. So well done staff in the restaurant !!!

Hayleigh W.
1 review so far 6
23.10.2016 17:12

Excellent, friendly table service in one of aberdeens nicest bars. Food was incredible and the drinks were great, and all at a reasonable price. A main meal and 2 cocktails only set me back £30.

Claire W.
1 review so far 6
31.10.2016 03:07

Accommodating as only booked for 8 but ended up 10 & wasn't a problem. The staff were efficient & friendly & the food was homely. Would definitely go back again if in Aberdeen.

Lyn M.
1 review so far 2
19.05.2017 20:19

Fast service which is the two stars. But I'm afraid it looses 4 starts for the food. It was terrible, especially for the price. My friend had the duck pancakes and they were too small that she was still hungry, and said they just tasted ok (you'd think they'd taste amazing for £14). I had the chicken katsu - it was very bland. The breadcrumbs were hard and tasted like cheap freezer nuggets. The curry sauce was tasteless, the rice was dry. It wasn't nice at all. Won't be back for food. Overall - overpriced terrible food.

Bryony G.
1 review so far 5
08.02.2017 18:11

The food was fantastic, we managed to qualify for a deal so ended up getting it for an amazing price as well. Perhaps would have been slightly overpriced if this had not been the case. Lovely atmosphere.

Kate G.
1 review so far 5
04.01.2017 03:32

Staff were attentive and food was really good with plenty of gluten free options for those who need it. Music was a little loud while we were trying to eat, but not a big deal.

1 review so far 5
28.11.2016 16:03

Table was ready when we arrived. Lovely meal, we all enjoyed our choices. One girl did not like her chips as they tasted funny. We did not complain. Service was good. An enjoyable time.

Maya F.
1 review so far 6
11.10.2016 16:58

The food and drinks were amazing and the staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I will absolutely be going back and I highly recommend this venue!

Morna C.
1 review so far 4
26.02.2017 22:32

Food lovely as always. However we had asked to be seated in the main bar area, but we were given a table through the back which was very draughty with the outside door opening, and noisy with larger parties.

Alison M.
1 review so far 6
13.11.2016 20:08

Amazing food lovely menu lots of choice, attentative staff looking after you. Started with a cocktail that didn't skimp on the alcohol. Definitely would recommend

Irene E.
1 review so far 5
30.10.2016 15:19

Food was hot and very tasty. Staff friendly and helpful. We have been to this restaurant before and would go again for sure. Place busy which is a good sign.

1 review so far 4
12.06.2017 04:50

Service a bit slow to start as we had to find a member of staff to order our wine. Food order was taken quite quickly which we enjoyed. Music a little loud for lunch time.

karen s.
1 review so far 4
16.10.2016 01:53

Couldn't fault the service and the food was ok, not amazing but standard pub quality. Plan to try their afternoon tea next time as it looks like a good choice on the menu

Vicki U.
1 review so far 4
30.12.2016 19:00

Unfortunately they did not have a reservation under my name and they had to make up a table through the back when I requested a table at the front so that was disappointing.

Kelly R.
2 reviews so far 5
16.02.2017 01:06

Great atmosphere, great food had a really good nite then headed onto other bars to enjoy the rest of our nite. Would recommend soul to anyone

Nicola R.
1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 05:03

Always consistently good food. The menu has lots of choice to cater to everyone. Service is great and quick for a lunchtime which is essential !

Gillian B.
1 review so far 4
07.02.2017 18:24

Lovely experience in the restaurant but they didn't have our booking. So was a bit of a fuss getting table. For that reason I probably wouldn't use online booking again unless necessary.

Linda M.
3 reviews so far 4
04.11.2016 15:39

Food good. Misic too loud for a conversation when you have arranged to catch up and chat with friends. Staff were friendly and helpful to us.

Cathrine L.
1 review so far 2
08.05.2017 04:14

Hei. We loved the food and drinks, the waiter was very buzy. The music was way to loud, we understand that it is the concept, but you must not play so hight that guests have to stream to each other, youre nor a nightclub or a consert.

Jane M.
1 review so far 3
14.04.2017 04:52

Service was slow although staff were pleasant. Had to wait 30 minutes after ordering for puddings to arrive which, unfortunately, were a disappointment, Also purple chips just don't look appetising!

Anita J.
1 review so far 2
06.11.2016 15:44

Too loud music for a dining place, Not possible to have an conversation in there. Bad choice if you are a group of many people.

Caroline C.
1 review so far 1
07.01.2017 16:17

The steak was chewy and stringy and the wine tasted off and bitter The pudding was tasteless Music was too loud I want a full refund Caroline Christian

Lynne M.
1 review so far 1
08.02.2017 16:35

Fire alarm went off 5 times. Wrong meal produced with no apology and chips under cooked. Table was through the back stuck away in the corner.