Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2019
14 October 2019
Edinburgh Cocktail Week returns to the Capital this week Monday 14 - Sunday 20 October. With a fun-filled week of cocktail festivities across the city including a new Cocktail Forest, Rooftop Cocktail Domes, an expanded Cocktail Village at Festival Square and over 70 of Edinburgh’s finest cocktail bars, each serving a £4 signature cocktail, available exclusively to wristband-holders. Bars taking part this year include Cask Smugglers, One Square, Copper Blossom, Voodoo Rooms and Harvey Nichols. This year also sees the introduction of non-alcoholic cocktails to the festival in partnership with Seedlip.
In addition to the Cocktail Village and the Rooftop Cocktail Domes, wristband-holders can enjoy a week-long programme of unique events and experiences across Edinburgh, including a Classic Movie & Cocktails Night at the Scotsman Picturehouse, guided tours of the newly opened Holyrood Distillery, Cocktail Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Astoria, an evening of cocktails aboard the stunning Fingal in Leith docks and much more.
Cocktail Village & Forest
Following its successful introduction to the festival last year, the Cocktail Village returns to Festival Square, expanding in size and experience with a new Forest themed extension - a dark enchanted space featuring a wigwam, pop-up bars, giant toadstools, log seating, a forest floor & canopy, and a twinkling night sky - inviting festivalgoers to escape the city and go ‘camping with cocktails’.
The Cocktail Village will be acting as the social epicentre of the week-long festival, bursting with 19 pop-up bars, street food, masterclasses, live music and entertainment. The Cocktail Village is beautifully decorated in style of an autumn garden with grass flooring, a clear rooftop, swings, picnic tables and floras installations to make the guests feel like they are at an outdoor festival while being in the comfort of an enclosed marquee. Entry to both the Cocktail Village and Forest is free with an ECW wristband and all cocktails inside are just £4 each.
Pop-up bars this year include Edinburgh Gin, Belvedere Vodka, Patron Tequila, Johnnie Walker, Highland Park, Pickering's Gin, Absolut Vodka, The Port of Leith Distillery, Lindores Abbey, the Herringbone Horsebox, Poco Prosecco, The Pop Up Geeks, and many more.
In addition to cocktails, there will also be craft beers on offer from Pilot Beer and a selection of tasty food available from The Shawarma Shack, Norelli Pizza, The Butcher Boy and The Mac Shack in a new stretch tent covered street food area
Rooftop Cocktail Domes
An exciting addition to this year’s festival are the Cocktail Domes on the rooftop garden of The Glasshouse Hotel. This is the first time these fully transparent domes will appear in Edinburgh, offering festivalgoers a unique opportunity to enjoy views of the city’s iconic skyline while snapping Instagram-worthy pictures and sipping on a menu of £4 cocktails.
Each dome comfortably seats 8 people and will be styled with sofas, cushions, blankets and fairy lights to create a super-cute and cosy setting for guests to relax and socialise in. Entry to the rooftop garden is free with an Edinburgh Cocktail Week wristband but reservations are essential to guarantee exclusive use of a Cocktail Dome. There will also be a number of free-to-enter domes available for walk-ins offered on a first-come basis. Cocktails can be enjoyed in the garden area and hotel bar if visitors wish to wait for seats in domes to become available.
1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR (website)
At One Square, gin is their thing. With over 100 varieties behind the bar, it was only right that their Edinburgh Cocktail Week cocktail featured their favourite drink. The 'Festival Square Fizz' includes Darnleys gin and Xante pear liqueur, muddled with sugar syrup, lemon juice and orange and is topped with Prosecco, creating a drink that is sweet, refreshing and simply irresistible. Visit this vibrant bar, right behind the Edinburgh Cocktail Week village to sample this limited edition drink.
Waverley Mall Rooftop, 3 Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 1BQ (website)
Cask Smugglers is the everyman’s cocktail bar, hidden in plain sight on Edinburgh’s busiest street. The latest from The Pop Up Pros, they offer innovative, creative cocktails alongside classic concoctions mixed up in an industrial-style space. Cask Smugglers is reminiscent of Scotland’s whisky smuggling past and the infamous prohibition era. Draught beers, fine spirits, authentic Peruvian dishes, live music and exceptional views across Edinburgh provide a one of a kind setting. Pay them a visit during Edinburgh Cocktail Week!