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July 17, 2014

Continuing our catch-up on all the new restaurant/bar openings in the last couple of weeks, the good people of Aberdeenshire have seen their dining choices widen considerably of late. This week, Thaikhun opened in the city’s Union Square. Thaikhun is an offshoot of the popular Chaophraya brand which already has branches in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

[Thai street food is the bedrock of the Thaikhun menu.][3]
Thai street food is the bedrock of the Thaikhun menu.

While Chaophraya is a bit dressed up, likes to party and tends towards more formal dining, Thaikhun is inspired by Thai street food and is that little bit more laidback; not to mention cheaper. You can see the menu here. What’s the yap on the DogTap? Meanwhile, in Ellon, the ever industrious BrewDog boys have opened the doors to DogTap, the tap-room in their headquarters. The new opening is their 15th UK bar and the 20th which the firm have opened worldwide. As well as having ten BrewDog beers on tap, the DogTap will also incorporate a BottleDog where customers can buy BrewDog beers fresh off the bottling line.

[DogTap's chandelier is made from BrewDog bottles.][6]
DogTap’s chandelier is made from BrewDog bottles.

The visitor centre will operate brewery tours on a booking system. Visitors will need to email to book a brewery tour or beer tasting session. Hot on the heels of DogTap, the brewery is already looking at a second bar location in Glasgow as well as in Brighton, Liverpool and Cardiff. Outside of the UK, BrewDog has plans for bars in Rome, Bologna, Helsinki and Berlin. Bottlecap Bar and Brewery Finally, we’re keeping an eye on the Bottlecap Bar and Brewery which is taking shape on Aberdeen’s Littlejohn Street. A new bar with a working brewery under the same roof, the new venture is scheduled to open officially in August. More news as we have it.