As the dark horse of Scotland’s city scene, Dundee has a lot more to offer than jute, jam and journalism. And that includes trendy counter-cultural club nights where music meets innovation and talent has no boundaries. Whether late-night drams or crafty cocktails, let loose in Dundee and go wild with the best bars and nightclubs.
An unmitigated carnival of pure underground talent, the Reading Rooms is the doyen of the Dundee music scene. This hip industrial-retro space shed its hushed library days in exchange for a chameleon coat of non-commercial club nights showcasing the best of Dundee and Scotland’s music promoters. Music spans from funk and soul, to dubstep, reggae, electro, hip hop and rockabilly, while the D&B sound system is legit. This is what it’s all about.
The Dundee University Students Association or DUSA really can do no wrong. These guys host one epic club night after the next. And they do it flawlessly time and time again. A student party playground, The Union is voted Scotland’s best student union, securing its reputation as one of the greatest nightlife spots in the UK. From themed nights to wild raves, and confetti-covered DJ sets, it’s always party o’clock at The Union.
DUSA The Union, Airlie Place, Dundee, Scotland +44 1382 386060
A popular haunt close to the main uni campus, Braes is a little bit of everything rolled into one. Stylish Scandi-esque touches create an effortless ambience, while the drinks menu takes centre stage, with fun cocktails ranging from refreshing classics like Long Island Iced Tea and Sex on the Beach, to fresh alternatives like the Dr Pepper-infused Dr Meister. Plenty of group tables set the scene for friend-filled banter sessions and the multiple plugs are a godsend for self-confessed tech addicts.
Braes, Perth Rd, Dundee, Scotland +44 1382 226344
A tried and true gem in its own right, there’s always something happening at Artbar. Woven into the cultural fabric of Dundee, this cosy hole in the wall boasts first-class drinks, a constant sea of friendly faces and an outdoor area perfectly suited to sunny conversations. With its focus on good music and an authentic lively ambience, entering Artbar is like coming home.
Artbar, 140 Perth Rd, Dundee, Scotland +44 1382 227888
Banging beats and otherworldly concoctions are just two of the ingredients that place Jam Jar in a league of its own. Going above and beyond the ordinary in both flavour and ingenuity, the cocktails are mixed like magic. And for such a cosy compact spot, the choices are endless. Suave and effortless, the dimmed lighting and chic décor help set the mood, the DJs make every day a party and the contemporary takes on classics always welcomed.
Jam Jar, 2b Whitehall Cres, Dundee, Scotland +44 1382 225023
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