Dundee Cocktail Week brought forward to become a summer event

A woman in a suit sits behind three expensive looking drinks
Alice Christison of M-AD Agency

Returning for its third year, Dundee Cocktail Week has been given a ‘summer makeover’, and been brought forward take place between Friday, July 19 and Sunday, July 28.

At least 25 venues have already signed up to take part in the 10-day cocktail celebration, including high-end cocktail bars Bird and Bear, Jute Bar and Temple Lane, and local boozers including The Barrelman, Bertie Mooney’s and The Tinsmith, all of which will create signature serves for the festival.

Restaurants have signed up too, with Dundee’s The Tayberry, Malmaison, Black Mamba and The Horeb Food Co offering unique menus and dishes to tie-in with the event.

Hospitality group Hotel Indigo has also joined the festival as its official Hotel Partner of 2024, offering discounted room rates for the duration, and involving its Daisy Tasker restaurant and its new lobby bar Eighteen 22.

Dundee Cocktail Week was first launched in 2022, taking place in October. It is estimated that it generated £487,021 for the local economy in 2023 alone.

a green drink with a slice of watermelon on its edge

Alice Christison, director of organisers M.ad Agency, said: “Following on from the success of previous events and with Dundee Food Festival coming up in July, too, we wanted to continue the momentum of supporting local and have launched the event earlier this year.

“Dundee Cocktail Week has always been popular with locals and independent businesses, and by offering unique discounts at various bars and restaurants we’ll get more people out enjoying Dundee’s hospitality industry.

“There’s no denying times have been challenging for venues in and around the city, but the feedback we receive from businesses is that the event is always a huge help in driving customers through their doors and bringing new clientele in, too,” said Christison. “We’re excited to bring the event back.”

To take advantage of the 100 different deals and discounts on offer from participating venues, festivalgoers must purchase a wristband, priced from £5.95 plus a booking fee.

Hotel Indigo is offering 20% off food and drink at both Daisy Tasker and Eighteen 22 and will offer 20% off their best available bedroom rate from July 19 to 27.

Dundee cake and gin fans may want to get down to try out Hotel Indigo’s Piece of Cake signature drink, which is made up of Dundee Cake Gin liqueur, lime, sugar and tonic water, and which will be on offer approximately 40% below its usual asking price.