In the cobbled pedestrian area outside Old Blackfriars, they used to hold public executions. It was where people rose up with a cry of 'Bon accord' and saw the end of Aberdeen Castle in 1308. Over the road, the Tollbooth has been the site of civic administration since 1398. That's why the moment you enter this atmospheric pub, it's like stepping back in time. With its two levels, low-beamed ceiling and ecclesiastical fittings such as stained glass and church pews, it makes you feel as if you're sitting alongside several centuries of drinkers. Loved by locals, families, shoppers, real ale drinkers, tourists and, allegedly a ghost or two, Old Blackfriars is a must-see destination - and then a must-see-some-more.