User name:

Password:

Login


Sign in with Facebook


Not already a member?
Join our community and - Rate & review pubs - Upload pictures - Add events JOIN for free NOW


Chat about:
Random news of the day with sheffield hatter on the Pub Forum

Picture of Krakatoa
Image posted by Quinno _
Submitted on Thursday, 26th July 2018
With picture contributions to 3497 other pubs
View all this pub's pictures (25 more images)
Only members may add pictures, click to receive free membership

Krakatoa, Aberdeen

2 Trinity Buildings Trinity Quay
Aberdeen
AB11 5AA
Correct details
Tweets by Krakatoa
View the full twitter feed for Krakatoa

Reviews of Krakatoa (Average Rating: of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Pub SignMan left this review about Krakatoa

This is a rather madcap, eccentric bar and live music venue opposite the harbour. You enter into a relatively narrow but surprisingly long room with exposed floorboards and a servery along the right-hand wall. The bar has a pretty hefty counter with big fonts along it which have digital displays denoting ‘World Beer’, ‘Cider’, ‘Belgian’ or ‘Cask Ale’, which was pretty helpful and I imagine a bit of a lifesaver when it’s packed at the bar and you’re trying to figure out what beers are on. The bar back is illuminated with blue lights and has been stuffed with all sorts of random stuff including loads of music memorabilia, old typewriters, beer bottles and various models. The stand-out feature had to be a lovely mirror for ‘Moorings Bar’, which I figured may well have been a previous name for this place. Two brash neon signs fill the front windows, where some button backed banquettes can be found beneath. As you might expect, various nautical themed items are on show to the front along with lots of gig posters. Down the left-hand wall, opposite the bar, banquettes and low stools run under more posters, bits of breweriana and some odd totem-pole style pillars. There is also a rare sighting of a pinball table and some more neon signs including one that reads ‘Live Nude Bands!’. The rear part of the room is relatively empty, with a stage on the back wall and an open dancefloor area in front. The wall to the left of the stage is mirrored and there are yet more neon signs on display back here. A trip to the toilets revealed some pretty amusing toilet door signage, whilst the urinals had instructions on vomiting etiquette! Quite loud music played for the duration of my visit, as I’d expected, with pauses in between some tracks, which suggested they were playing from a juke box, although I didn’t actually spot one.
Live music venues aren’t generally associated with good beer, so it’s always nice to find one with a decent ale range. Here, there was a choice between Duke IPA, Fyne Jarl, Cromarty Brewed Awakening and Atlantic Drift plus a couple of others from Scottish micros that I couldn’t make out. An extensive cider range was complimented by a wide selection of Belgian and World beers, all on keg, plus a decent bottled range too. My pint of the Duke IPA was pretty good and the friendly barman gave me a CAMRA discount on trust when I realised I’d left my CAMRA card in the hotel.
This is a pretty unconventional pub and not really what I was expecting to find from a North Sea port pub. I can imagine there being a great atmosphere in here when there is a band on and I thought it was a quirky spot to stop off for a couple of pints.

On 13th July 2018 - rating: 7
[User has posted 2174 recommendations about 2174 pubs]


Quinno _ left this review about Krakatoa

Something a bit different! This portside bar reminded me immediately of the Purple Turtle in Reading but happily with far more beer which is in better shape and with fewer, ahem, ‘agitated’ punters. Another long and narrow Aberdeen bar, the place is handily lit with neon to create an almost psychedelic feel. Music-driven, gig posters adorn the walls and there is a stage at the rear. There's a pinball machine too. Brilliantly unique are the three banks of taps at the bar, each with their own LCD labelling; World Beer, Cask Ale, Cider and Belgian. A jumble of clips sat atop the cask one - I counted seven which I assumed to all be on. My Highland Brewery Munro was in ok shape if perhaps a little aspiratored round the edges with a faint cardboard lilt – too many beers on? Something different, maybe not to everyone’s taste but I think a worthy stop on a crawl.

On 20th March 2018 - rating: 7
[User has posted 3677 recommendations about 3665 pubs]


Please Note: This review is over a year old.


Walter Dunlop left this review about The Moorings

Now called Krakatoa

On 15th April 2016 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 56 recommendations about 54 pubs]


View more reviews of Krakatoa (4)
This pub features in the following crawls:
Aberdeen University Real Ale Society Pub Crawl by Aberdeen University Real Ale Society
External web links for Krakatoa

No known official website for this pub.

Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Aqualung .
Aberdeen, 0.22 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Dyce, 6.35 miles, 2 hr 2 min walk (show)
Portlethen, 6.98 miles, 2 hr 14 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Krakatoa, Aberdeen
26th Jul 2018, 21:56
Review submitted by Quinno _
 
26th Jul 2018, 21:44
Picture submitted by Quinno _ approved

Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 13 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 04 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 13 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes - Friday & Saturday - last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 13 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 04 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : Yes last updated 13 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 13 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 04 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 July 2018 by Quinno _
Food Hygiene Rating


Last inspected: November 13th 2006
Local pubs

Icon Key: Picture Recommendation Rating Closed