Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2018, a festival showcasing and supporting Edinburgh’s thriving cocktail scene, will be held from the 15th -21st October. It will have its central hub in a 750 sq ft marquee called the Cocktail Village at Festival square on Lothian Road, although events will also take place around the city.
Consumers will be able to purchase wristbands online which grant access into the Cocktail Village, which plays home to 15 bespoke pop-up bars, such as Edinburgh Gin, Belvedere Vodka, Jameson Whiskey, Ableforth’s Gin, Altos Tequila, Smokehead Whisky and Rock Rose Gin. There will also be live music and DJ’s in a real outdoor festival environment.
The number of cocktail bars taking part in the event has increased from 50 to over 80 including Harvey Nichols, Baba, The Voyage of Buck, Black Ivy, The Permit Room at Dishoom, Tigerlily, Finn & Bear, The Printing Press, Miss Woo’s, The Refinery and Tonic, stretching further across the city as far as Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry.
This expansion has allowed the organisers’ to create clusters of bars in more residential areas – Leith, Stockbridge, Broughton and Bruntsfield – spreading footfall and allowing wristband-holders to experience Edinburgh Cocktail Week without having to travel into the city centre.
Edinburgh Cocktail Week will also be supporting Maggie’s Edinburgh. The festival is hoping to raise £2400 – the daily cost for Maggie’s to provide free support to people affected by cancer. Attendees will be given the option to donate between £1 and £5 when purchasing wristbands online.