Our Story

Warm and welcoming, stylish and subtle, relaxing and refined, Grape & Grain is a place to unwind, meet up with friends or catch up with clients to discuss business in an informal atmosphere away from the office; at Grape and Grain mixing business with pleasure comes naturally. It’s exactly what its owner Jeanette Forbes, CEO of PCL Group, knew she wanted to accomplish when she decided to be brave and diversify her business interests and open a wine and craft beer bar. A frequent business traveller, she knew cities such as New York, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow are well stocked with choice when it comes to looking for somewhere stylish to meet up with friends or business acquaintances. So why not Aberdeen?

Driven by a strong feeling that the city’s west end deserved as good as, if not better than, other cities she set out to create a wine bar and meeting concept where conversation didn’t have to compete with loud music or the latest sporting fixtures and where the selection behind the bar was second to none.

A labour of love from the start, Grape & Grain became a very personal project, symbolising what her home city means to her personally. The curved ribs of the ceiling resemble the waves of the North Sea, the mirrored wall and ceiling reflect the river Dee and the river Don, the black Orinoco granite bar with its threads of gold and silver represents the black gold of Aberdeen’s oil industry and the grey herringbone tiles are a reminder of the city’s fishing heritage and Jeanette’s own family background the fishing industry. The upholstery and walls are the colours of the sea with rich kingfisher blues, light and dark greys symbolise the granite and hues of green take you into the country and Aberdeenshire. But what really sets Grape & Grain apart is what is contained behind the bar. Here you’ll find a superior selection of wines, craft beers and spirits. A range of more than 40 fine wines supplied exclusively in Aberdeen to Grape & Grain by the award-winning Berkmann Wine Cellars and glasses of champagne come from the house of Laurent-Perrier.

If you favour the grain over the grape you will find a selection of some of the finest craft beers brewed in Scotland and an extensive range of Scottish botanical gins and whiskies. Grape & Grain is not a restaurant but that’s not say you won’t have a chance to sample a selection of local fare. Scottish oatcakes, cheeses, chutneys and fruit available on the cheese slates and the charcuterie is second to none with rich venison salami to mention just one of the offerings accompanied with some beetroot and chilli relish all locally sourced. Of course, with the CEO of an IT company in charge, the very latest in technology is available at your fingertips with superfast broadband and perhaps that “destination experience” goes just one step further as each of the semi-circular pods features a table with integral charging points for smartphones. Grape & Grain should certainly be on your radar when looking for something exciting and very different.

Awards and Accolades


Scottish Style Awards

Finalist - Most Stylish Bar

Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards

Winner - Best Wine Selection

British Institute of Innkeeping

Winner - Best New Operator

Women in Hospitality & Tourism Awards

Highly Commended - Bar of the Year

Trend, Life With Style Awards

Winner - Best Bar

The Herald

Named as one of the 25 most fabulously fashionable places to be seen in Scotland

Aberdeen City & Shire Tourism Awards

Winner - Best Pub/Bar


Scottish Thistle Awards

Finalist - Best Pub/Bar

Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards

Winner - Best Wine Selection
Winner - Best Bar, East Coast

The Scottish Bar & Brew Awards

Winner - Gin Bar of the Year


Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards

Finalist - Scotland's Wine Bar of the Year

Trip Advisor

Travellers' Choice (previously Certificate of Excellence)


Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards

Finalist - Scotland's Best Speciality Spirit Bar