Official Guide to Edinburgh

Best Edinburgh Summer Festivals Pop Up Bars & Restaurants

08 August 2014

Edinburgh’s Summer Festival Season has so much to offer in terms of culture, art and performance but it also has a fantastic offering of Food and Drink. The City is already brimming with a huge variety of Bars and Restaurants but over the Summer Festival Season a series of vibrant pop ups adds to offering.

In no particular order, here’s a look at some of the best Edinburgh Festival Pop Up Bars & Restaurants appearing this year…

Pommery Signet Library

Pommery Champagne Café Bar   

A firm festival which pops up every year in the stunning Signet Library, the Pommery Champagne Café Bar is an unmissable festival experience.  Their succulent roast lobster and chunky wedges is just divine but you can also enjoy a delightful Afternoon Tea or a tasty Aberdeen Angus Pommery Burger. However, a trip to the Pommery Bar would not be complete without sipping of a glass of Pommery Champagne. Try their Seasonal Champagne Tasting to try four elegant Pommery Champagnes, each with their own distinct style.

Find further details on the Pommery Bar’s Food and Drink offer and their special events on the Signet Library website.

The Hidden Wing

The Royal Mile’s Angel’s With Bagpipe is entering the Festival pop-up scene with their unique, boutique offering The Hidden Wing. For one night only, the Hidden Wing will pop up in a secret location on York Place but that’s only part of the excitement… The evening includes a stunning four course menu with perfectly judged wine pairings. Dishes include the sublime sounding Chicken, Salt Bake Celeriac, Apple, Tortellini, Taragon.

Pre-booking is require for this one off event and spaces are limited to we recommend booking as soon as possible. Full menu and booking details here.

The Aperol Spritz Garden

The Aperol Spritz Garden bar has relocated from its traditional spot in George Street to St Andrew Square Garden. It’s hard to miss their orange adorned bar serving up summery Aperol Spritz - perfect for enjoying on the Festivals’ sunny days or even brightening up a rather drizzly one.

Drambuie Summer Hut

With a bar inspired by the art of Salvador Dali it’s definitely one of the more “out there” of this year’s pop up options and with a neat twist on the Spanish favourite the Scottish Sangria is definitely worth the trip. There’s also their signature Mackinnon Punch to try or you can keep it simple with a Drambuie and Ginger Beer. Find it in the Udderbelly pasture in Bristo Square.  

Disaronno Terrace

Popping up in one of Edinburgh’s newest hot spots, Lulu, the Disaronno Terrace will be serving up their famous Disaronno Sour Cocktails and putting on a great line up of music and entertainment on 27th August from 7pm to 11pm. If you’re otherwise engaged then don’t worry, it will be popping up again in the same location on 3rd, 10th, and 17th September.

The Tanqueray Secret Gin Garden

Southside gin bar 56 North has transformed their car park into a beautifully green Secret Gin Garden, offering a wide selection of cocktails and Tanqueray gin. When the sun hits during the festivals this is where you want to be.

The Jeremiah Weed Cow Shed

The Jeremiah Cow Shed brings the best of Kentucky back to Edinburgh’s Cowgate again this year. Complete with straw, hay bales and foot stomping country-style music, savour your jam jar of Jeremiah Weed and have a thumping good time, American West style.  

Secret Sushi Garden

Dodge the Fringe madness on the Royal Mile, wander down Roxburgh Close and you will find the small but perfectly formed Secret Sushi Garden. Edinburgh’s Soul Sushi is the brains behind this pop up which provides an oasis of calm from the festival hubbub just meters away. Enjoy a great variety of fresh, authentic sushi rolls and refreshing Edinburgh Gin G&Ts.

Pickering’s Gin Tasting Tent

Stop by the Summerhall Courtyard and find the Pickering’s Gin Tasting Tent. You can try your hand at pouring your own perfect Pickering’s and sample their signature peacocktails. They’re also running a competition to find the Pickering’s Proudest Peacocktail suggested by their Twitter followers and Facebook fans. Each week of the festival a different suggested cocktail will be available at the tent with one being crowned Pickering’s Proudest Peacocktail at the end.

Find out more about the competition on the Pickering’s website.

Blank Canvas Pop Up Bar at Filament Coffee

The Blank Canvas Pop Up Bar only appears during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, specialising in bottled cocktails by top Edinburgh mixologists and craft beer. This year it’s popping up at Filament Coffee on Victoria Street every night from 8pm to 5pm. Mixologists crafting the bottled cocktails this year are Timberyard’s Joseph Radford and The Hanging Bat’s Joe Dick. London breweries Beavertown Brewery and Fourpure Brewing Company will be providing top craft beers alongside Scottish favourite BrewDog. We’d also recommend a trip to Filament Coffee in daylight hours to give you a much needed caffeine boost to get through a busy day at the festivals.