Event Preview: Edinburgh Cocktail Week returns!

Edinburgh cocktail week

Cocktail Forest and more for Edinburgh Cocktail Week

Edinburgh Cocktail Week returns this autumn, (Monday 14th – Sunday 20th October) with another fun-filled week of cocktail festivities across the capital including a new Cocktail Forest, Rooftop Cocktail Domes at The Glasshouse Hotel, an expanded Cocktail Village at Festival Square and 70 of Edinburgh’s finest cocktail bars.

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. The Cocktail Forest is a dark enchanted space featuring a wigwam, fire pit, forest floor & canopy, pop-up bars, giant toadstools, twinkling star sky and mythical forest creatures – inviting festivalgoers to escape the city and go ‘camping with cocktails’.

Edinburgh cocktail week

The Cocktail Village will again act as the social epicentre of the week-long festival, bursting with 19 pop-up bars, masterclasses, live music and entertainment. It is beautifully decorated in the style of an autumn garden with grass flooring, a clear rooftop, swings, picnic tables and floral installations by Dobbies Garden Centres – making 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 with Brewhemia, Belvedere Vodka, Patron Tequila with 4042, Johnnie Walker, Highland Park, Eden Mill with The Raging Bull, Lindores Abbey, the Herringbone Horsebox and a special ‘Temple of Rum’ bar from The Pop Up Geeks and Don Q rum, with more to be announced over the coming months.

In addition to cocktails, there will also be a beer and soft drinks offering as well as a new outdoor street food area covered by a stretch tent, creating a hangout space to enjoy some tasty eats.

Edinburgh cocktail week

Another very exciting addition to this year’s festival is the installation of Cocktail Domes on the rooftop garden of The Glasshouse Hotel (next to the Omni Centre) creating a second pop-up site for wristband-holders to visit throughout the week. 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. Each dome comfortably seats 8-10 people and will be styled with sofas, cushions, blankets, rugs and fairy lights to create a super-cute and cosy setting for guests to relax in. Demand for the Cocktail Domes is expected to be high, so a reservation system will be in place to secure private domes for groups of friends, while a number of domes will be kept available for walk-ins.

Edinburgh cocktail week

Between visiting the Cocktail Village, Forest and Rootop Domes, wristband-holders can also take a cocktail adventure around the city enjoying £4 signature cocktails from 70 of Edinburgh’s finest cocktail bars. New bars this year include Cold Town House in the Grassmarket, The Raging Bull, Smoke & Mirrors, The Barologist, Camera, Damm 27, The Garden, Brewdog, Heads & Tales and Scott’s on Princes Street, along with returning favourites The Refinery, Harvey Nichols, Tigerlily, Tonic, Copper Blossom, The Voyage of Buck and Brewhemia. This year’s printed ECW Guide will also include a handy map to help festivalgoers navigate between bars and pop-up spaces.

Edinburgh cocktail week

The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian Hotel will also be joining in the festivities this year by serving a special cocktail themed Afternoon Tea throughout the week for £29.50 per person (normally £57) in their stunning Peacock Alley. Afternoon tea includes two cocktails each and a selection of savoury finger sandwiches, homemade scones, decadent treats and over thirty fine loose-leaf teas and herbal infusions to choose from, with vegan and gluten-free options also available. Bookings can be made via the Edinburgh Cocktail Week website.

Edinburgh cocktail week

Edinburgh Cocktail Week has partnered with Apex Hotels in Edinburgh to offer 10% off stays at any of their four city centre hotels (two are located at the Grassmarket, one at Waterloo Place and one at Haymarket). Festivalgoers can take advantage of this offer by using promo code ECW2019 when booking online at www.apexhotels.co.uk/ecw. See the website for full T&Cs. Apex Waterloo Place and Apex Grassmarket Hotels will be serving a £4 signature cocktail to wristband-holders.

Social Media:
Instagram – @edinburgh_cocktail_week
Facebook – @edinburghcocktailweek
Twitter – @edcocktailweek
Hashtag – #ECW19


Participating Bars:
56 North
Angels Share
Apex Hotels (Grassmarket & Waterloo Place)
Badger & Co
Bar Soba
Beer Kitchen
Black Bird
Black Ivy
Boozy Cow
Brandon’s of Cannonmills
Candy Bar
Cold Town House
Copper Blossom
East Side
Empress of Broughton Street
Finn & Bear
Glasshouse Hotel
Grand Café
Harry’s Bar
Sofi’s Southside
Harvey Nichols
99 Hanover
Heads & Tales
The Huxley
Indigo Yard
Jeremiah’s Taproom
The Lantern Room
Le Monde
Lioness of Leith
Mal Maison
Scott’s on Princes Street
One Square
The Pop Up Geeks
The Raging Bull
Smoke & Mirrors
The Barologist
The Basement
The Garden
The Place
The Queens Arms
The Raeburn
The Refinery
The Wine House
Voodoo Rooms
Voyage of Buck
Wild Yarrow
Woodland Creatures


Monday 14th – Sunday 20th October


Wristbands are on sale now at www.edinburghcocktailweek.co.ukwww.edinburghcocktailweek.co.uk priced at £6 for a weekday wristband (valid Monday – Friday), £8 for a weekend wristband (valid Saturday & Sunday) and £13.50 for a week-long wristband.

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