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J.J. Booths (Aberdeen)

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      24.05.2001 22:42
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      although situated with the best 'student' pubs on the 'square' (slains, the boar,Ma's, the hogshead, the vodka bar, ect) booths tends to be for the quieter more serious drinker. The jukebox has more rock classics than cheesy chart tunes (one of the few pubs with blue oyster cult!) so if looking for somewhere not so full of students try here but if you are female i would warn you that it is more than likely that some old slime will try to hit on you with some very cheesy lines. however if in a large group of students i would recomend you skip this one and go straight on to the next pub as the atmosphere there will more than likely be friendlier and livelyer

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        19.02.2001 04:26
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        Booths has been around for a long time. It's an okay pub; the prices are comparable with every other pub in town. It's really an "old" person's pub. I've only been in it a couple of times, although my partner's been in more often. It's very quiet. You can pretty much guarantee a seat. The decor is clean but drab. There are adequate toliets but they're upstairs and the ladies is exceptionally tiny. Booths does have a great selection of beers/ales to chose from though, if that's your cup of tea. You'll find them chalked up above the bar. If you try every ale in one sitting, I estimate you'll be wasted/drunk twice over. It's a good place to relax and have a chat with your friends. You won't find any trouble in Booths. I've never heard of any fights in this pub. I wouldn't recommend spending more than an hour sitting in Booths. However, as it's right in the centre of town - it's on the Back Wynd off Union Street - you may like to use it as a meeting point.

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          04.02.2001 02:51
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          J.J. Booths has been a part of Aberdeen's pub life for a good few years. It is located on Back Wynd, a road off of the centre of Union Street. Very central for anyone looking for a pub to go to while in the centre of town. A perfect stop for the weary shopper. Inside it is quite dark. Poorly lit. It is decorated in the ole' quaint pub theme like alot of the older pubs are. That stained yellow wall look, and big boards advertising what is on offer to the pub goer. As many pubs do they serve food as well as drinks. J.J. Booths is well know for the pies that they serve. A bowl containing a filling covered by pastry. A favourite with anyone who has tried it. The menu that they offer contains the usual pub grub. Tasty but not outstanding. J.J. Booths is well known for the ales that they serve. They have an extensive range of real ales as well as a varied list of beers that come from around the world. This aspect makes it a truly mans mans pub! Due to the wide variety of beer J.J. Booths has its regulars. I have to admit the fruit flavoured lager I tasted was lovely and unique. Something different from the usual alcopops that are on offer. If you are looking for a quiet place to pop in to for a quick drink while out for a day shopping J.J. Booths is a nice enough place to go. However, if you are a party animal looking for an exciting place to go on a night out I would give J.J. Booths a miss!

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            25.01.2001 20:53
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            J.J. Booths pub is situated in the Back Wynd in Aberdeen, just off Union Street. The location makes it handy place to pop into for a quick pint or lunch while you are hitting the shops on a Saturday afternoon. The pub has a very traditional feel to it - no plastic tacky bits- with the only concession being a large screen for football and a couple of TVs. There is a large bar so getting served isn't a problem. The range of beer is fairly standard for a pub - lots of lager, beers, Guinness but not a huge range of the alcopop drink variety. It's not that kind of pub! There are plenty of seats set in cosy nooks so it feels a very warm and welcoming place. Upstairs is the best place. You can look down onto the bar below and you get a great view of the screen if you are there for a sporting occasion! The decoration is dark wood with lots of random pictures scattered about the walls - plenty to keep your eyes occupied. The "facilities" are fairly standard. Obviously I can only comment on the "Ladies" but there are only two cubicles and the toilets in general are really small. It would be a bit of a squash if there were a queue when the pub was busy! However they are clean and well stocked with all the "essentials"! We went there for something to eat late on a Saturday afternoon. I had never been there for food and I am always willing to try something new. The menu was quite extensive with a selection of starters, burgers, filled Yorkshire puddings, baked potatoes, sandwiches and main meals. There were also platters that you could share amongst friends- even a platter of profiteroles and strawberries! The sweet selection was a bit limited with only sticky toffee pudding and something else (can't remember what!). The food didn't take too long to arrive - enough time to convince you that it as freshly cooked. I went for a salmon pasta bake that was served with some lovely garlic
            bread, my friend had a filled Yorkshire pudding and my other friend went for the poor person's option of chips. My pasta came in earthenware bowl and was lovely. Plenty of chunks of salmon but unfortunately there wasn't enough of it! The Yorkshire pudding was also lovely from what I heard (I didn't get a chance to taste any of it!) and the chips were nice and crunchy. The waitress brought a rather impressive selection of chutneys, pickles and mustards. This added a nice touch but I would have preferred my main course to be a bit more substantial! I enjoyed my first visit to J.J. Booths and I will probably be back for a pint but not for food. Even though the menu was impressive the portions were not big enough compared to other pubs in Aberdeen city centre. Good try though!

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