Opening at the tail end of last year, the elusive 21 Crimes is one of Aberdeen’s best kept secrets.
Not only is it a secret bar, you also need to hold the password to gain entry – something you can only get via their social media pages.
Manager Dean Cruden is one of the team members behind the varied menu.
We caught up with Dean ahead of a busy Friday night shift and put him through our round of quick fire questions.
What’s your customer icebreaker?
I usually start with a solid hello and ask how their evening’s been so far. Then I’ll show them our menu and talk a little bit about the concept behind it and the bar itself.
It’s the end of your shift – what do you pour yourself?
Always a Campari.
If you were a drink, what would you be and why?
I would probably be a Corpse Reviver because I’m always hung over and need to be revived and topped-up on energy.
Most unusual drink request?
A customer once asked me to make a drink for her as she was feeling nervous and anxious about life.
What would the theme song to your average shift be?
Princes Of The Universe by Queen because we’re always ridiculously hyper about everything behind the bar.
What’s in your drinks cabinet at home?
I probably have everything that’s stocked in 21 Crimes at my own house, so there’s definitely far too much to list.
Best food and drink pairing?
I’d have to say port and cheese or a Brooklyn Lager with a Five Guys burger. You can never go wrong with those.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what three drinks are there with you?
Sticking to the island theme, I’d definitely take three Tiki drinks or just anything rum-based in general – so I felt as much like a pirate as possible.
You have to make a drink to represent Aberdeen. What would that be?
A Porters Martini. Porters was the first Aberdeen gin to be made in more than 100 years.
Your favourite superhero/celebrity is sitting at the bar. Who is it and what do you serve them?
Count Negroni, and I’d serve him one of our Americano’s – his favourite cocktail.