Soul is split into two offerings; Soul Bar, a stunning church conversion offering a large drinks menu and chic space with opulent stained glass windows and dimmed lighting. Through the back in the venue’s light conservatory, is the new Soul dining offering; The Fishmarket at Soul, Aberdeen’s newest seafood dining destination!
Seven days a week, day or night, Soul really has all the right ingredients to give you a true "sense of being".
Certainly 'the place to be seen' in Aberdeen for people of all ages and professions, Soul attracts a fashionable crowd and is perfect for celebrating a special occasion or just enjoying a night out.
Dress Code: Smart/Casual.
SOUL: BY DAY
Daytime at Soul has a laid back, relaxed atmosphere with a chilled vibe. With super fast free WiFi, it is also a choice alternative venue for business meetings. Guests can enjoy drinking outdoors and watching the world pass by in our courtyard. On weekends there may also be live musicians playing to add to the atmosphere; check out our What’s On page for upcoming music events. Under 18s are permitted when dining within The Fishmarket up until 8pm.
SOUL: BY NIGHT
Evenings at Soul offer something totally different with a lively atmosphere and party vibe, and resident DJ from 9:30pm at the weekends. On select weekend evenings, live musicians are playing to add to the atmosphere; follow us on Facebook for updates on upcoming music events. With a large cocktail and drinks menu as well as drinks packages, Soul is perfect for celebrations or nights out. Over 18s only.
We often receive enquiries here at Soul about the history of our venue, as we are housed in such a stunning converted church.
The church that Soul is housed in is called Langstane Kirk and was owned by Church of Scotland. Langstane Kirk was the result of the union of two congregations; St. Nicholas (Union Grove) and the West Church of St. Andrews came together in 1973. It is over 140 years old and is a B - Listed building, and was sold by the Church of Scotland to PB Development Co Ltd in 2001.
After four years of applications and planning, a license was finally granted for the conversion, and Soul opened to rave reviews in 2005.
Historic Scotland stated that unless funds were available to retain a redundant ecclesiastical building in good repair, the acceptance of a suitable alternative may be the only means to preserve both the building and its character and appearance in the area; this will have been a contributing factor for the licence being granted.
Whilst converting the building into its current venues (Soul and Soul Casino), PB Development Co Ltd preserved all the original stained glass windows and features, which can still be seen and enjoyed today - the organ is also still on display.
To separate the vast building into two venues, a mezzanine floor was added to the church hall which forms Soul's Main Bar area, while The Fishmarket at Soul is situated in an added modern glass conservatory; this runs directly up to join with Soul Casino. Soul and Soul Casino have separate entrances; Soul uses the Union Street entrance with outdoor seating in the courtyard, and Soul Casino the entrance on Bon Accord Street. Both venues operate independently; there are no customer entrances indoors linking the two venues.