The Ultimate List Of Dundee Bars For Students

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Dundee, a vibrant city nestled on the banks of the River Tay, is renowned for its buzzing social scene. 

With a diverse array of bars scattered throughout the city, opportunities for good times are never in short supply. 

No matter if you’re a fresher keen to explore the local scene or a seasoned student looking for new haunts, we’ve got you covered. 

In this ultimate guide, we’ll unveil the hidden gems and popular hotspots that make up Dundee’s thriving bar culture. 

So grab a pint, kick back, and get ready to find some new watering holes in this coastal city! 

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1. Duke’s Corner 

Duke’s Corner is a trendy bar situated on Brown Street, which offers a perfect blend of good vibes and great drinks 7 days a week. 

Whether you’re into craft beers, classic cocktails, or wines, this cool hotspot has got you covered with their huge drinks range.

With live music events, an American-style food menu, and a large beer garden this place is ideal for an evening of fun.

Popular with students and locals alike, you’re bound to make unforgettable memories at this vibrant hotspot! 



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Address: 13 Brown St, Dundee DD1 5EG

2. The Art Bar 

If you’re looking for a unique bar experience, The Art Bar is the place to be. 

Located in the heart of Dundee’s cultural quarter, this small and cosy spot offers a great atmosphere, delicious food, and an impressive selection of drinks. 

Kitted out in music memorabilia, quirky decor and ambient lighting, it’s a go-to hangout for enjoying some local craft beers or a cocktail. 

With live music, open mic nights and weekly events, if you’re a music lover, you won’t want to shy away from this place! 



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Address: 140 Perth Rd, Dundee DD1 4JW

3. The King Of Islington 

Once you step into The King Of Islington, prepare to be amazed by its stylish decor and innovative drinks menu. 

This trendy bar is known for its creative mixology, featuring sugarcane spirits from  across the world that are as visually stunning as they are delicious. 

From classic concoctions to unique creations, it’s a must-visit for those looking for a sophisticated place to catch up with friends.

When the sun is shining, their outdoor seating is an absolute suntrap, so head on down! 



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Address: 39 Union St, Dundee DD1 4BS

4. The Blue Room 

If you’re craving a vibrant and energetic atmosphere, head straight to The Blue Room.

Situated inside Franks Wine and Pasta Bar, this chic Italian bar is known for its lively ambiance and crafted cocktail experience.

The highly-skilled bartenders always go the extra mile to ensure you have a fantastic time. 

With an extensive drinks menu including amaro to aperitif to vermouth to mojitos and more, The Blue Room is a favourite for cocktail lovers. 

This place radiates old glamour and has an intimate vibe, making it a great spot for relaxed conversations over drinks with your friends! 


Address: 36-38 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4ET

5. Draffens 

Tucked away behind an alley, Draffens is a hidden prohibition-style bar that invites you to step into a different era. 

Once inside this dimly lit, atmospheric setting, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1920s. 

Inspired by the Draffens department store that once occupied the building, here you can look through the themed catalogue style menu, filled with expertly crafted cocktails and an impressive whisky collection. 

If you’re wanting ta sophisticated evening with friends and some memorable sips, Draffens should be your first port of call.

To find this speakeasy-style bar, you’ll have to ask a local… 



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Address: Couttie’s Wynd, Dundee DD1 4ET

6. 3 Session Street 

Nestled in a historic building, 3 Session Street is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. 

Open 6 days a week, this late night cocktail bar serves a variety of award winning cocktails, beers and wine, along with tasty plates and pizzas.

With weekly pub quizzes, live music nights, open mic events and DJ sets, 3 Session Street is a go-to spot for students who want to let loose and have a laid-back evening with friends. 

What better way to unwind and create lasting memories than by exploring the local gem for yourself? They’re open till 2am so go and check it out! 



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Address: 1st floor, 3 Session St, Dundee DD1 5DN

7. Bird and Beard 

Situated in the heart of Dundee’s student quarter, Bird and Beard is a lively bar and restaurant with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Offering an impressive selection of craft beers, ciders, cocktails and spirits, this bar is a top choice if you’re after somewhere to grab a few tipples after a busy day.

If you’re keen to make the most of the weather, you can sit outside in their dock street beer garden for brunch and cocktails alfresco style! 

Open 7 days a week from 12pm, the Bird and Beard is a must for good drinks and good vibes. 



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Address: 2 Whitehall Cres, Dundee DD1 4AU

8. Abandon Ship 

Searching for Dundee bars to head to during your student years?

Abandon Ship is a thriving retro-themed bar on Whitehall Crescent. 

With its eclectic decor, vintage arcade games, and unique cocktail creations, this bar is a true hidden gem.

You can sip on one of their specialty tipples and unleash your competitive streak with a game of Pac-Man, or while away the hours in their beer garden. 

Whether it’s a few mid-week drinks, a weekend celebration or a special occasion, this is a bar you can count on for an unforgettable night. 



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Address: 2b Whitehall Cres, Dundee DD1 4AU

9. The Braes

Looking for a Dundee bar to enjoy some live sports action? The Braes is a sports lover’s paradise. 

Located across from the University of Dundee campus, this chilled out spot has a fantastic range of beers on tap along with cocktails, wines and spirits. 

With TVs broadcasting the biggest sports games and a lively atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to cheer on your favourite team. 

There’s also retro games, quiz nights, bottomless brunches and a street food influenced menu if you fancy grabbing  a bite to eat.



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Address: 14-18 Perth Rd, Dundee DD1 4LN

Dundee is a city brimming with fantastic bars, each offering something different and a unique atmosphere. 

No matter if you’re after a casual night out or a wild party, these bars have you sorted!

Wondering where you can get your pizza fix in Dundee? Take a read of our student guide and you’ll find out!