Edinburgh the cocktail capital

More than 70 bars participated in city-wide festival

Edinburgh Cocktail Week
The third annual Edinburgh Cocktail Week was the biggest yet, according to the organisers.

EDINBURGH was a cocktail cornucopia last month when more than 70 venues across the city participated in Edinburgh Cocktail Week.

The initiative, now in its third year, ran between October 14 and 20 and saw members of the public able to buy wristbands which unlocked £4 cocktails in participating venues.

The festival’s Cocktail Village was home to 19 different pop-up bars, food and live music.

The heart of the festival was found in the city’s Festival Square, which hosted the Cocktail Village – home to 19 different pop-up bars, as well as street food, masterclasses and live music.

This year the village also included a forest-themed extension with giant toadstools, log seating and a wigwam.

Drinks brands inside included Edinburgh Gin, Highland Park, Johnnie Walker and Port of Leith Distillery, with Leith brewery Pilot supplying a range of craft beers.

Participating venues across the city included Voodoo Rooms, Tigerlily, Lioness of Leith and Dragonfly, as well as The Glasshouse Hotel, where six ‘cocktail domes’ were placed on the building’s rooftop to let guests take in the city skyline while sipping cocktails.

Elsewhere, a number of themed events took place across the city, including a Classic Movie & Cocktails Night at the Scotsman Picturehouse, morning yoga with non-alcoholic spirits brand Seedlip, a cocktail evening aboard the Fingal at Leith Docks, cocktail afternoon tea at the Waldorf Astoria and a Highland Park Winter Terrace on the rooftop of Cold Town House on the Grassmarket.

Apex Hotels was the official hotel partner of the event, offering travellers a 10% discount on their stay at any of the company’s four Edinburgh properties.

Organiser Gary Anderson said the team was “already working on plans for next year”.