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UK’s first ShapeShifters cocktail bar & escape rooms opens in Aberdeen

ShapeShifters bar Aberdeen

WHAT do you get when you blend a wicked taste in delicious drinks, a creative streak and adventures that will tantalise? You get ShapeShifters, a brand new cocktail bar and escape rooms that opens on Friday, September 29 in Aberdeen city centre.

It is the latest venture from Hollie and Gilan Kelly, the team behind the award-winning Breakout Games. The Aberdeenshire entrepreneurs have combined their passion for mixology and mystery to create an intriguing and immersive puzzle game experience in a dramatic cocktail bar setting.

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Located in Windmill Brae, just off Union Street, ShapeShifters features a stunning bar, serving cocktails like no other. Their selection fuses classic and unexpected flavours, supports sustainable suppliers, integrates seasonal and local ingredients, and dedicates half the menu to NoLo alcohol creations.

Spread across 6500ft, the incredible venue also houses several purpose-built escape rooms, offering the chance for players to immerse themselves in worlds of mystery, fantasy, and excitement as they try to solve fiendishly tricky puzzles and challenges.

The new venue is the latest boost to the current efforts to revive Aberdeen city centre as a destination and will help to build the night-time economy of the Granite City. ShapeShifters has invested half a million pounds into transforming the building and has created 15 new jobs, with the owners confident of increasing the team further by the end of the year.

Sustainability is also a key value for ShapeShifters, with the business working towards BCorp status, the global standard that measures a company’s social and environmental impact. The bar and escape rooms showcase eco-friendly practices throughout and source local ingredients and suppliers wherever possible.

Hollie Kelly, co-founder said: “We are thrilled to be launching ShapeShifters in Aberdeen, the city we love and call home. Creating the venue has been a labour of love and when you step through the doors you will experience the magic of truly incredible cocktail mixology, the thrill of solving puzzles, and escape into new worlds!

We are also raising the bar for hospitality and sustainability with sky-high service standards, as well as celebrating the culture, folklore, and history of Aberdeen by weaving them into our venue, menu, and challenges.”

ShapeShifters opens on Friday, September 29 at 6 pm. To book an escape room or a table at the bar, call 01224 588008.

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