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10 Brilliant Edinburgh Festival Pop-Ups for 2016

04 August 2016

During August, Edinburgh is buzzing with festival activity as art, culture and entertainment takes over many streets and venues around the city. Amongst the performances and exhibitions you’ll also find a variety of pop-up bars, restaurants, shops and markets to browse and relax in when you need a break from the festival rush.

Check out our round-up of some of this year’s best pop-ups appearing around Edinburgh this month.

One Square Pickering’s Gin Terrace

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Get on board with the Edinburgh gin revolution with a trip to One Square’s colourful Pickering’s Gin Terrace. The two have teamed up to provide this summer’s go-to for gin cocktails – look out for those created using Pickering’s bespoke Marvellously Mixed Musical Martini Maker. If you’re feeling peckish then they’ve got you sorted with their moreish Small Plates, including Haggis Bonbons and Courgette Chips.

1 Festival Square, EH3 9SR, 0131 221 6422 (website)

Dram & Smoke: The Edinburgh Festival Project

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This popular pop-up restaurant, created by Edinburgh lads Paul Ross and Nick Fulton, has already had numerous sold-out runs in a variety of unusual locations around London. Bringing the concept back home, The Edinburgh Festival Project will be a celebration of Scottish produce served from an open kitchen. Taking place in the dramatic setting of The Biscuit Factory, Leith’s newest creative hub, diners will enjoy a welcome cocktail, 4 course tasting menu and live music for the ultimate festival dining experience.

The Biscuit Factory, 4-6 Anderson Place, Edinburgh, EH6 5NP (website)

Edinburgh Gin Garden

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St Andrew Square is always a great festival go-to with plenty of acts on offer in the Spiegeltent and Stand in the Square. Now with the Edinburgh Gin Garden taking over the space around the Melville Monument it also offers a great spot to chill out between shows or simply soak up the atmosphere. The full Edinburgh Gin range is on offer, including their special Seaside Gin for summery G’n’Ts and fruity gin liqueurs for sweet gin fizzes, perfect for a sunny day.

St Andrew Square Garden, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD (website)


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The west end of George Street hosts the inaugural “WestFest” this August, at the heart of which you'll find the Hopscotch café and bar. There’ll be a great range of drinks on offer, including beer from Caledonian Brewery, Johnnie Walker whisky and a carefully selected wine list from Forth Wines. They’ll be hosting a free grain-to-glass whisky experience with Diageo every day from 11am and look out for Loch Fyne Oysters Shuckers who’ll be at the bar each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can even play a round on the Edinburgh-themed 9-hole mini golf course around the back!

George Street (between Castle Street and Charlotte Square), EH2 4JN, (website)

Caorunn Artists' Garden

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If you're in need of a spot to relax with a cocktail in hand head for the Caorunn Artists' Garden. Taking over the beautiful space in front of RBS at 36 St Andrew Square, you'll find an array of Scottish artists showing and selling their work, alongside great street food from local vendors Barnacles & Bones and a bar serving summery Caorunn Gin cocktails. The space has also been filled with apple trees and deckchairs creating a laid back space for you to enjoy some well-deserved quiet time.

Royal Bank of Scotland at 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD (website)

BrewLab Takeovers

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Local, independent coffee specialists BrewLab are opening up their Edinburgh cafes to two exciting festival pop-ups. Every Thursday to Sunday from 6pm bespoke cocktail company Milk Money will be turning their West End premises into a great post-work/pre-show bar. The fridges will be stocked with Milk Money's signature pre-mixed cocktails served in milk bottles alongside chilled cans of craft beer. Meanwhile, over at their South College Street café, local street food vendors Fresh Revolution are taking over the kitchen every day from 6pm. They’ll be dishing up some of their signature street food bites, including Irish Pakora and Veggie Haggis Arancini. Fourpure Brewing Co. will be providing the drinks with a great selection of their colourful craft beer cans filling the fridge.

3a Queensferry Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 4PF /6-8 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA (website)

Burger & Fringe

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Popping up in the Radisson Blu Hotel on the Royal Mile, Burger & Fringe is an ideal spot for a pit stop to fill up between festival shows. As the name suggest the menu is filled with mouth-watering, belly-busting burgers. Each of their handmade Scotch beef burgers is made using fresh, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients with 7 indulgent toppings to choose from. Don’t worry if you’re meat-free there are delicious vegetarian options and gluten free buns are also available. For those for a sweet tooth don’t miss out on their decadent sundaes, including Chocolate & Banana Crunch and White Chocolate & Raspberry Delight.

80 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH (website)

Tanqueray TEN Terrace

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If you need a quick escape from the busy festival crowds on the Royal Mile then slip down Buchanan's Close and relax in the Tanqueray TEN Terrace behind G&V Royal Mile Hotel. Filled with plenty of seats, and heaters for those cooler days, this is the perfect spot when you need a breather. The bar offers refreshing G’n’Ts and if you’ve got the afternoon free then why not treat yourself to the special Tanqueray Afternoon, served with a cocktail.

G&V Royal Mile Hotel, 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD (website)

Urban Reivers

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If you’re seeking a bit of retail therapy or looking for a souvenir from your visit then look no further than Urban Reivers on George Street. This lovely pop-up shop is filled with a unique range of gifts, accessories, crafts and drinks created by Scottish artists, designers and producers. They’ll also be hosting a series of tastings and demo sessions from their fanastic range throughout the festival so make sure you keep an eye on their Facebook page to find out what’s coming up.

46a George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LE (website)


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Returning for its third year, this popular pop-up market can be found on the roof of Waverley Mall until 28th August, open from 11am – 7pm daily. Families will love this year’s new addition, a 9-hole wave putting course designed by Boxsmall Market’s architect and designer Pol Taylor. The colourful kid’s zone with giant garden games and toys also returns with regular family friendly performances taking place. For adults there are micro-stores showcasing the very best of Scottish products alongside delicious local street food traders, including Jones & Son Bespoke BBQs and Frisky Froyo.

Roof Terrace of Waverley Mall, 3 Waverley Bridge, EH1 1BQ (website)

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