A POPULAR bar in the centre of one of Scotland’s biggest cities has been put up for sale.

The 524 Bar in Aberdeen – which is “surrounded by elegant grey granite buildings reflecting the city’s unique architectural heritage” according to the agent's listing – has been put on the market by Christie and Co.

The bar is owned by local operator Steven Esson, who is looking to sell up as he retires.

The 524 Bar is being sold as a free house, with no ties to any breweries.

Simon Watson, the business agent at Christie and Co who is handling the sale, said: “The 524 Bar presents a great opportunity to continue the business as a pub, or for a potential development/retail space with the correct planning consent.”

The agency listing for the bar says it “benefits from its prime position on George Street with the bustling Aberdeen City Centre a short walk away”.

It goes on: “Situated in the renowned ‘Granite City’, the bar is surrounded by elegant grey granite buildings reflecting the city's unique architectural heritage.

“Its proximity to the North Sea provides a distinctive maritime atmosphere making it a captivating destination for locals and tourists alike.”

The main pub area had a traditional wooden bar and gantry and a pool table with seating for around 20 people.

There is also a lounge, which the agency notes has “not been used to its full capacity for some time”.

The lounge, which can fit around 40 people, has a second bar, fixed seating, and a small raised stage.

The main pub also includes a small office, beer cellar, and toilets.

The 524 Bar is on the market at freehold asking price of £130,000.