Edinburgh Cocktail Week announces big 2022 programme


With one month to go, Edinburgh Cocktail Week, the UK’s biggest cocktail festival, has revealed all 120 Signature Cocktails along with its full 2022 programme that includes 21 pop-up bars in the Cocktail Village, a new rooftop ‘Mirror Mirror Bar’, headline music acts and a programme of experiential events.

The 10-day festival takes place across the city, starting on Friday 7th until Sunday 16th October, and each of the 120 bars taking part has created a Signature Cocktail. Nine ‘Prestige’ venues will offer festival-goers an elevated cocktail experience created by some of the city’s world-class mixologists at venues like Hey Palu, Harrods Champagne Bar, and Panda & Sons.

This year the festival is introducing a new east-side hub – the ‘Mirror Mirror Bar’ –  delivered in partnership with Whitley Neill.  Also available will be Dead Man’s Fingers Rum, JJ Whitley Vodka and Yardhead Single Malt Whisky. The new hub will appear on the rooftop of The Glasshouse Hotel, where guests can enjoy cocktails by whispering their order to the mirror wall and watch as the cocktail magically appears through the looking glass.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week’s biggest ever events programme includes Dramming in the Dark with The Glenlivet – a sensory whisky tasting experience with popping cocktail capsules that is making its debut in Scotland, Cocktails & Comedy at The Stand Comedy Club, and Ball Pit & Cocktails at Ballie Ballerson.

The popular Cocktail Village at Festival Square, has a new ‘Takeover Bar’ with headline acts will including shanty-singing TikTok star, Nathan Evan and Edinburgh singer-songwriter Callum Beattie and, for the first time since launching, the festival has included restaurants in its event programme, with El Cartel, Superico, Luckenbooths, Dine and Heron taking part.

Managing Director of Edinburgh Cocktail Week, Gary Anderson said, “Each year we continue to grow the festival by introducing new experiences and partnerships. This year sees our biggest and best programme yet with so many fun new features and events for wristband-holders to enjoy. With the cost of everything going up, and people feeling the pinch, we’re proud to offer a festival that is inclusive, with amazing £5 cocktails at 120 bars across the city and free entry to the Cocktail Village. We can’t wait to welcome back local cocktail-lovers, and new visitors to champion Edinburgh’s bar scene.”