What’s in store for our hop hideouts?


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Yesterday, we kicked off our week-and-a-day long preview of how next year is set to shape up with a look at the beers we have in the pipeline for 2016. But what about the places where you’ll be able to enjoy these beers – our BrewDog bars?

Here are some things we are working on across all of our bars. As with yesterday, if you have any thoughts, pointers or requests on any of these (or anything not on the list) – let us know in the comments below!

Our Beer Range

We work massively hard to ensure there is something for everyone when they set foot in a BrewDog bar. Aside from all of the BrewDog beers we revealed yesterday, in 2016 we are looking to feature more of the work of our fellow brewers here in the UK. So as well as rocking amazing imports from across the pond, we will major in beers from British craft breweries at the top of their game. We will also introduce more fruit beers into our bars to give a little more variety, and following on from the Jet Black Heart announcement, we are committed to all our bars getting a nitro line next year!

More Takeaways

Can’t stick around? That’s cool – we want 2016 to be the year we ace takeaway beer from our bars. So expect more focus on growler fills – and a widespread extension of our trial of DogTap’s Crowler machine (draft cans to go!) plus a series of integrated BottleDogs in our existing bars. We’ve already talked about the BottleDog inside DogHouse Merchant City – but the good citizens of Liverpool and Leicester might also notice a change there in the future! Another thing we are going to introduce is something our fans have long asked for – Click & Collect. Order beer from our online shop, and pick it up in person from a BrewDog bar! (we are just working out the details on this at the moment)…


Our remit for food in 2016 is very, very simple. We want nothing less than to make it as good as our beer. With that in mind we have recently welcomed to the team the amazing Wyatt Shevloff to develop, streamline and ace the food offerings in our bars. Stand by for a blog post all about Wyatt and the specifics of what he is about to bring on our network of BrewDog bars, but we are totally committed to offering the best food options we can, and pairing them with the beers you can find pouring from our bars!


There are so many parallels with craft beer and artisan coffee – the commitment of the people involved, the skill of the preparation and serve, and the inventiveness of outlook. For 2016, we are making coffee a priority for our bars – and to do so we are partnering with two of the best in the business. With Glasgow’s amazing Dear Green Roastery supplying all of our bars, we are also working with Edinburgh institution BrewLab on the artistry of serving coffee. Both of these companies have taken coffee to the next level – and we can’t wait to get their know-how in our bars.

Opening Times

We know how it is, when you’re having a great night and it comes to a close too abruptly, or you are after somewhere in a city to head to for an early bite. That’s why next year we will be looking at the opening hours of our entire bar division. We would love for the bars to unbolt the shutters a little earlier for breakfasts (something which some of our bars offer already) – and likewise, wherever possible we are looking to extend in the evening later to let people enjoy our beers for another hour or so. This is something we are already working on, so stay tuned!

Beer Schools

Tastings, tastings, tastings. The best way to appreciate amazing craft beer is to sample it – there’s no better mechanism! So we are looking at a significant upgrade of our Beer Schools in our bars. As it’s all about knowledge, we’ll try to ensure a Certified Cicerone is leading the school, and passing on what they have learned about beer and brewing. We are also going to give them more variety; have Beer Schools as something you can buy – or gift – on our online store, and also round up each one with a cool interactive quiz!


This is one of the big overviews of our aims for the bar division in 2016. With the fantastic coffee, earlier openings, and other features like free Wi-Fi and more space – we want to have our bars as somewhere to head during the day, for a meeting, to catch up on some coursework, or just to chill out with a copy of Hop Propaganda and a beer. We have recently taken into our bars team Kyle Cowper - a dedicated interiors evangelist - and we will be looking at the way each bar feels during the day just as much as when it is packed to the rafters with beer fans of an evening!

So, with all that in mind, where are we at with some of the upcoming sites for BrewDog bars? Here’s a rapid-fire list of sites in the pipeline, and how they are getting on:-

- Dalston – Work starts here in a couple of weeks. Expect a BottleDog, bar and tasting room, and pilot brew kits earmarked for the public to brew their own creations!

- The Newington Fix – We are on track with our coffee and beer emporium for Edinburgh, it will be open in the New Year.

- Norwich – We now have a site in Norwich at the former Hideout Bar on Queen Street – and conversion work begins there next month!

- Southampton – Unfortunately our plans for Southampton have been delayed somewhat, but we are determined to get over the line here and will open a bar in the city next year.

Clerkenwell – We have a new London bar in the planning, and with a quick turnaround will open before Christmas in Clerkenwell!

- Aberdeen II – Our new flagship bar for our home city is being constructed as we speak. Stay tuned!

- Stirling – Another site where work is about to commence; we have secured a location for BrewDog Stirling and work is set to begin there next week.

- York – As we have noted on the blog before, we have a site in Micklegate in this fantastic beery city, and our application is currently in front of York City council.

- Cambridge – Another city we are on the verge of announcing officially is one we have wanted to be in for a while. Expect news in the New Year about BrewDog Cambridge!

- Berlin – Turning to International Bars, we have a fantastic team in place and an amazing location in Mitte. Our first German bar is on track to hopefully be open in December. 

- Turku – This is the next overseas bar that will open its doors to thirsty European BrewDog fans – we will have our second Finnish bar open for business next month!

- Rome – They don’t call it the Eternal City for nothing. But we are still determined that we will have our Roma bar open this year as well!

Also, we have confirmed sites for bars in Amsterdam, Warsaw and Hong Kong - opening next year!

So we know the Earth is round, not flat. Where do we have the telescopes pointed for cities where we would love to open a BrewDog bar?

- Dublin

- Glasgow (East or West for a Fix)

- Brixton

- Kings Cross

- Peckham

- Oxford

- Belfast

- Exeter

- Inverurie

- Hull

- Birmingham II

- Canterbury

- Gloucester

- Inverness

- Lincoln

- Plymouth

- Portsmouth

- Reading

- Swansea

- Derby

That’s a fairly exhaustive round-up of where we would love to open BrewDog bars as part of our Great BrewDog Bar Hunt. Which of these locations (in progress or on the wish list) are you looking forward to – and is there anywhere we’ve missed? And in terms of the overall BrewDog bar experience – what would you like to see us do to improve our offering to you, our customers? Leave us a comment below! And stay tuned for tomorrow, when we’ll be bringing you news on our plans for our Ellon HQ in 2016…

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Comments (103)

Gordon S 12.11.2015 @ 6:52pm
Wetherspoons are selling one of their pubs in Portsmouth......
Michael Burlison 12.11.2015 @ 4:57pm
As an Equity Punk I'm still hoping for a Brewdog in Florianópolis, Brazil...the craft beer scene here is booming!!
JonM 05.11.2015 @ 12:56pm
+1 for Inverurie (overwhelming votes here which is great). Meantime more BD choice to 'Spoons which serves as a proxy for the time being.

Also suggest running cicerone training at Dog Tap for EFPs or the wider public. That's an evening class that would sell out instantly (particularly if you put on a mini-bus to Aberdeen).

I know the reasons given for the current curfew at Dog Tap. Does the expansion, new space and redesign mentioned in the plans mean that longer evening opening hours will be made available?
G man 01.11.2015 @ 11:14am
Good to see Canterbury on the list, two uni's and very multi cultural. Also Tunbridge Wells would be a good shout. Simply COME TO KENT :-)
Dan 28.10.2015 @ 8:06pm
Really hope you find a place in Southampton - It would be a big hit here!
Terry W 27.10.2015 @ 11:40pm
Any news on the York Micklegate Bar?.
Sam M 27.10.2015 @ 2:16pm

If you need an Equity Punk to show you around I would be more than happy. There have been a few new bars recently that suggest a BrewDog bar would be very successful.
Paul 26.10.2015 @ 11:37pm
Another request for Lewisham!
Karen 26.10.2015 @ 7:37pm
Canning town! It's going to be really vibey around there in the next year or so, massive developments happening and loads of thirsty ppl moving in soon :)
Smooth 26.10.2015 @ 1:25pm
What happened to your plans for New Delhi? India has a growing craft beer scene.
Henriette P 26.10.2015 @ 11:13am
When's Holland going to be put on that list? Would love to have one or more here in the Lowlands, js.. ??????
11pmsomewhere 25.10.2015 @ 9:08pm
Dublin Dublin Dublin. That's all :-) lol
anonymous 25.10.2015 @ 8:34pm
Cheltenham instead of Gloucester, surely?!
Gary 25.10.2015 @ 8:17pm
Bournemouth please but Southampton will do for now!
anonymous 25.10.2015 @ 6:41pm
Lewisham guys. Lewisham!!!
Bex 25.10.2015 @ 4:42pm
Hull would be fab. Craft beer really taking off here and brewdog would show the other bars how it should be done.
Fatboyfat 25.10.2015 @ 2:55pm
If you're looking at a second Birmingham bar may I suggest Solihull? Ok, it's not exactly Birmingham but there's a real craft ale gap there and they've done a lot to develop the town centre. I reckon the demand would be there.
Mark t 25.10.2015 @ 2:11pm
Any news on our York bar? License objections finished on Wednesday, and it's off the council licence list.
Alasdair 25.10.2015 @ 1:57pm
Yeah, *I* might have to move away from this fab city eventually but New Orleans would be a great attempt to push your entry into the New World that bit harder...please!
anonymous 25.10.2015 @ 1:43pm
Come to St Ives!!!
David 25.10.2015 @ 1:23pm
Southend would be a nice addition , travelling to the London bars is a bit much at times.
Huso 25.10.2015 @ 1:18pm
Please think Istanbul which is old beer city. Search old Pera pubs.
Beerasmus 25.10.2015 @ 1:06pm
Exactly Istanbul!
anonymous 25.10.2015 @ 1:04pm
Brewdog Glasgow South please!!
Jess 25.10.2015 @ 1:03pm
When are you heading to Bangkok?
HD 25.10.2015 @ 12:45pm
Kings cross would be amazing, so many people from North of london & Herts spill through here in search of decent places to drink on weekends.

Not on the list but Milton Keynes would also be genius.
Jacques Montpellier 25.10.2015 @ 11:13am
How about Newquay?
Do surfer dudes have a thirst for Craft ale, or is it more cider drinking?
Lee M 25.10.2015 @ 12:54am
Adelaide, Sth Australia. Great wine, great food, great weather, you'll complement the craft brewers nicely.
Ailie 24.10.2015 @ 9:11am
Croydon is in the process of serious regeneration with the whole town centre basically being replaced. Now is a really good time to start looking at the area. Box Park are opening there next summer with a fully food and drink based offering. Great spot for a small bar/Bottledog.
anonymous 24.10.2015 @ 7:30am
Looking forward to the new Glasgow one opening! It's the talk of the office ????
Alan Robertson 23.10.2015 @ 10:07pm
Lincoln would be brilliant. A thriving city with two ambitious universities, RAF bases nearby and a compact but busy city centre. Downhill Lincoln would probably be best option for footfall and I know of at least one site where a bar could be viable. Uphill Lincoln is more cultured with the magnificent cathedral and castle/Magna Carta located there. If I can be of any assistance then let me know!
Anthony Mark 82 23.10.2015 @ 9:34pm
Please come to Plymouth, it's a long drive to your nearest bar in Bristol from down here . The Barbican would be a great location - it's near to the University and City College, the area attracts the tourists and locals alike.
Alistair 23.10.2015 @ 2:36pm
Inverurie please!!! The old petrol station on North Street would be a grand place to have a bar!

Completely Unique
Monika 23.10.2015 @ 1:57pm
Please make Click & Collect possible in Brussels! Beers are not that easy to get hold of outside the bar and shipping is quite pricey. I'd use that all the time and I know of other people who'd do the same.
Evs 23.10.2015 @ 12:23pm
Rob 23.10.2015 @ 11:12am
Super excited for the Norwich bar, it'll be just up the road from my office so that might be a frequent post-work pitstop...
Slava 23.10.2015 @ 10:36am
DUBLIN! As your shareholder, I demand Dublin! :)
Suzy 23.10.2015 @ 10:20am
Glad to see Lincoln is finally in your sights. There's some really gorgeous old buildings that would be perfect.
anonymous 23.10.2015 @ 2:27am
Mexico City!
Daniel 22.10.2015 @ 10:35pm
Inverurie for sure!
Thomas 22.10.2015 @ 9:57pm
I'm really exited about Brewdog coming to Berlin. But to Berlin Mitte? Honestly? I don't think that location is a wise choice.
roman 22.10.2015 @ 9:42pm
Without a successful bar in the country with highest per-capita beer consumption on earth (czech republic) you still haven't reached the top :-P
Rob 22.10.2015 @ 8:26pm
Lincoln brewdog bar would be excellent.
anonymous 22.10.2015 @ 8:11pm
Inverurie is a must.
Jon 22.10.2015 @ 7:52pm
Hull please, ASAP, like now ! visited Leeds 2 last weekend , it's almost unfair , Leeds has not one but 2 Brewdogs !?! Hull has 0. Can't wait for you guys to get here!
Amanda 22.10.2015 @ 7:39pm
We'd love to see one in Deptford or Greenwich Pleeeeease
Necrolee 22.10.2015 @ 6:11pm
Would really love to see a Brewdog bar in Durham.
Chants 22.10.2015 @ 5:41pm
Seriously can't wait for Dalston, I live across the road so this will be my second home. Think it'll be open by December? And please tell me you ain't stuck with same lame opening hours of the Angel branch! 10pm closing will NOT do...
Paul A 22.10.2015 @ 5:19pm
Leamington Spa would be awesome!
tomleeds 22.10.2015 @ 5:05pm
Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds is a must, big things happening here next year!
anonymous 22.10.2015 @ 4:49pm
Derby!!! please finally bring this part of the midlands out of the dark ages and up to speed with copious amounts of hops!!
Daniel 22.10.2015 @ 4:43pm
Yes! Amsterdam! get in there, cannot wait!
Emma 22.10.2015 @ 4:28pm
Come on Brewdog, come to PRESTON! We've been waiting too long and you will always have a very busy bar here! :)
Shareholder 22.10.2015 @ 4:23pm
Where is the Stirling one situated.
Ville 22.10.2015 @ 4:17pm
Tampere needs BrewDog bar as well!
anonymous 22.10.2015 @ 4:09pm
Oli Mortimer 22.10.2015 @ 3:44pm
It's a big ask, but please consider Lichfield! There's a fantastic old cinema sitting empty, which would be a perfect place for a BrewDog!
mbc 22.10.2015 @ 3:39pm
other potential new locations:
Leamington Spa
Bath (but probably easier said than done)
Cheltenham (perhaps at the expense of Gloucester)
Jim Paterson 22.10.2015 @ 3:37pm
We need a Brewdog in Nice, France asap.
Liam Rodgers 22.10.2015 @ 3:02pm
Derry. Derry. And Derry.
Mattyboyace 22.10.2015 @ 2:56pm
Please give hope to Milton Keynes!
Graham 22.10.2015 @ 2:41pm
Inverurie would be great.
TheBBG 22.10.2015 @ 2:30pm
"we have recently welcomed to the team the amazing Wyatt Shevloff to develop, streamline and ace the food offerings in our bars"

I weish you'd stop trying to "streamline" the food offerings and controlling things centrally - it didn't work with Bates, and I can't see why it is necessary.

By all means, have central help for new bars, or any that need assistance, but let the bars be individual with the food. The pizzas at Camden (especially the Ginsberg), the mac 'n' cheese and sweet potato fries (and pulled pork, for those who eat meat) at Manchester, the Texas Joe's smoked mushroom at Shepherds Bush are all sorely missed (and no doubt there are more which others could add to that list), and the Fish Finger Po Boy at Brighton is terrific, and should not be mucked about with.

The dogs from Dog Eat Dog - including the veggie one - would also grace the bars nicely as an extra. But please stop tryng to standardise the food across the bars. Let them do their own thing, and only get involved if they need help.
Pete H 22.10.2015 @ 2:11pm
More Siren beer - Yes !
Decent coffee - Yes !
Extended opening times - Yes !
Change to Leicester bar - Yes !
Brewdog Derby - Yes !

And Brewdog Munich would be sehr wunderbar !
Martin 22.10.2015 @ 2:04pm
Clerkenwell? If I recall correctly, way back in the distant past the plan for Clerkenwell was for it to be a Mikkeller bar. That still the plan or have things (unsurprisingly) changed in the years since then?
Graeme 22.10.2015 @ 1:52pm
Come to Guildford! And bring Libertine!
Christy 22.10.2015 @ 1:45pm
theres rumours in Peterhead that you're taking on the old Union bar? If not the old nemesis nightclub building is sitting empty :)
Martin 22.10.2015 @ 1:34pm
How about opening a bar in Carlisle? There's a handful of bars offering BrewDog and other Craft beers, which are always packed, but a proper BrewDog bar is missing from SW Scotland / NW England. After all the closest we have at the moment is Newcastle or Glasgow, both of which are far far away :(
Lee 22.10.2015 @ 1:28pm
BrewDog Rich 22.10.2015 @ 1:23pm
Mike - The Beer Academy is kind of what we are doing in Dalston - so stay tuned for more on that :)

Anonymous - Yes, we are still looking for a site in Peterhead, as per the 200 new Equity Punk post!

FragUK1982 - In a nutshell, whereas most keg beers are dispensed using CO2, those that use Nitrogen (they will have CO2 in the mix as well) result in beers that are lower in carbonation and therefore smoother and 'creamier'. It's a method that really suits dark beers, such as porters and stouts!
Rich Bremner 22.10.2015 @ 1:21pm
You'd make a shed load of money opening a bar in St Andrews..........
Mike 22.10.2015 @ 1:06pm
I think Lincoln requires a Hop Haven, love the idea if more beer schools, whatever happened to the beer Academy that was planned for London?
anonymous 22.10.2015 @ 1:02pm
Lincoln! LINCOLN! please god Lincoln!
Stephen Poppe 22.10.2015 @ 1:00pm
Inverurie would be grand ????????
Cihangir 22.10.2015 @ 12:56pm
Istanbul would be a great location. ????????????
anonymous 22.10.2015 @ 12:56pm
What is happening with Peterhead? It was announced a short while ago that Brewdog was to open a bar soon and nothing's been said since. Is it still on?
Fraguk1982 22.10.2015 @ 12:56pm
Forgive my ignorance but after yesterdays and todays blog, what exactly is a nitro beer / nitro line?
Sherman 22.10.2015 @ 12:55pm
Portsmouth would love a brewdog, and I'm sure brewdog would love portsmouth!
Hystrix 22.10.2015 @ 12:53pm
How about Chorlton in Manchester? Lots of stuff going on there. Would be a good place for a bottledog as well.
Steven R 22.10.2015 @ 12:50pm
Will you be able to announce the whereabouts of the Stirling Bar anytime soon?
Franck 22.10.2015 @ 12:46pm
what about Paris?
BrewDog Rich 22.10.2015 @ 12:45pm
Ketwi - My bad, Paris should be on that list! Don't worry :)
Ally 22.10.2015 @ 12:43pm
Inverurie would be perfect!
Kev 22.10.2015 @ 12:42pm
Durham needs a BrewDog!!!
Mikael 22.10.2015 @ 12:40pm
What about Munich? The German capital of beer deserves a Brewdog embassy!
Andre 22.10.2015 @ 12:37pm
Any thoughts about opening a bar in Essex?
ketwi 22.10.2015 @ 12:37pm
Paris for Christ's sake !!!
Stuart 22.10.2015 @ 12:37pm
Glasgow's Southside would be an ideal location for a new bar
Grant 22.10.2015 @ 12:35pm
3rd bar in Glasgow?!?! Brilliant! Three Dog Town!
Donna McGrath 22.10.2015 @ 12:33pm
Tallinn, Estonia??
Stephen B 22.10.2015 @ 12:29pm
Come to Greenwich!

Hate having to travel from the South East every time I want to visit one of your bars!
Stu 22.10.2015 @ 12:29pm
Join your pals Mekkeller come over to the land of the norning calm eat your kimchi and open a bar on Seoul
beeroholica 22.10.2015 @ 12:29pm
DUBLIN - no doubt
Neil 22.10.2015 @ 12:28pm
A Brew dog in Durham would be cool such a magnificent setting for a cool happening bar
anonymous 22.10.2015 @ 12:27pm
Please look into opening a bar in Durham it would Rock....!
Karl 22.10.2015 @ 12:25pm
St.Albans would be brilliant..
Adin 22.10.2015 @ 12:11pm
Inverurie would be fantastic
Gary 22.10.2015 @ 12:10pm
Any chance of moving away from a seasonal bottle list? The old constantly rotating model meant far more variety. You could be reasonably sure that a visit would have some new bottles to try. Nowadays, the variety is gone within a few weeks of the seasonal list updates.
Dean 22.10.2015 @ 12:08pm
Chester really needs a Brewdog! Quite a few places available to open up!
Colin H 22.10.2015 @ 11:58am
Another Glasgow bar :D

You's should move the AGM down here :P
Thomas B 22.10.2015 @ 11:58am
Putney is crying out for some craft beer and there is the perfect venue just waiting for you in the old "White Lion" on the south side of Putney Bridge in London.

Currently empty, the awesome and unusual looking building was a live music venue in late 1970s and 80s - with punk bands playing there regularly. Seems a perfect fit for Brewdog, especially as its more than big enough to host, bar(s) and a restaurant/cafe and a bottledog....
Mike 22.10.2015 @ 11:52am
Good idea about the beer schools - if you could block book and buy for a group, would be something I could do with the guys at work who have little idea what craft beer is about.
Dave 22.10.2015 @ 11:38am
Why does Southampton keep hitting problems? Really want one in Southampton or Portsmouth