Dundee rediscovered Tay dream believers
SNOOZE IN HISTORIC SURROUNDINGS AT... HOTEL INDIGO, LOWER DENS MILL
Twenty-five years ago, Duncan Alexander left Dundee, but returned to set up his brewing business in a former ironworks on the outskirts of town. The region’s mineral-packed water, similar to that used in Czech pilsner, was a particular draw. Tours (£12) run on weekends, with an opportunity for tasting sessions, and several beers are served at the V&A from taps made with recycled barley hops. Visit 71brewing.com.
Celebrating Dundee’s industrial past and creative present, this hipster-friendly hotel is a stylish reinvention of a former linen mill. Although part of a chain, it has plenty of character; video games consoles and copies of The Beano decorate the lobby, and classics such as Arbroath smokies and tattie scones appear on the breakfast menu. It’s a 10-minute walk from the centre of town, but easy to find thanks to its Italianate bell tower. Rooms from £89. Visit ihg.com.
GRAB A SNEAKY DRINK AT... DRAFFENS SPEAKEASY, COUTTIE’S WYND
Along a cobbled wynd filled with bins, an unmarked fire door leads to this Prohibition era-themed speakeasy, which occupies one of Dundee’s much-loved – and now defunct – department stores. Mannequins in vintage attire lead patrons to a basement, where the sound of swing jazz and cocktail shakers rings long into the night. Cocktails around £8.
Visit vam.ac.uk/dundee, dundee.com and visitscotland.com