Edinburgh Cocktail Week (ECW) is almost upon us! This exciting event returns from the 15th to the 21st of October 2018. There is lots to see and do throughout the week, how do you even begin to choose?
Never fear; we’re as excited for cocktail week as you are and have pulled together a list of the events that we’re most excited for.
To enjoy the majority of cocktail week you need to buy an Edinburgh Cocktail Week wristband. There are a range of different options available depending on when you’re visiting and how many you are buying, with prices ranging from £6 to £16.58. You can enjoy signature cocktails at most of the below events and at bars across Edinburgh for only £4 with your EBW wristband. Buy your wristbrands here. Please note that all of the below events require a wristband unless stated otherwise. Please make sure that you drink responsibly.
Get ready to whet your whistle as we talk you through 6 Must See Events at Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2018.
The Cocktail Village
The Cocktail Village might just be the biggest talking point of this year’s event. Acting as the main social hub, the village contains 15 pop-up bars with a huge range of cocktails for you to try. Treat your tastebuds with cocktails from Edinburgh Gin, Poco Prosecco, Rumbullion Rum, Grey Goose Vodka and more.
Although its labelled as a village it might just feel like more of an outdoor festival, with live music and DJs creating an unmissable atmosphere. This is the pick-up point for your ECW wristband and the standout event of the entire week; a fantastic way to start your experience!
When: All week.
Where: Festival Square, EH3 9RR
Price: Free with your ECW wristband.
Edinburgh Cocktail Week is all about expanding your horizons and exploring a new world of creative cocktails. The Secret Spirits Study Bar fully embodies that. Located on Queen Street, this fantastic pop-up bar will vanish after only three days so make the most of it while you can. A range of guest bartenders will be mixing up specially curated £4 whisky and gin cocktails for you and your friends to guzzle on.
Take a trip through time as you enjoy a menu which showcases the history of mixed drinks . Whether you are a cocktail connoisseur or brand new to mixology you’ll appreciate these expertly crafted blends.
When: Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th 10pm – 12 midnight
Where: Festival Square
Price: Free with your ECW wristband.
Booking not required, but we highly recommend that you reserve a space.
Beer? Brilliant. Whisky? Wonderful. Why not pair them together at this thirst-quenching masterclass with Jameson Irish Whiskey and Barney’s Beer? This is the perfect event for anybody looking to take a break from cocktails and try something else.
Beer and Whisky pairings are growing increasingly popular, and with good reason. The two are natural related and are made from the same basic ingredients of grains, water and yeast. Despite this, their pairing is anything but bland and curators have been able to discover a number of perfect partnerships between the two drinks.
As well as enjoying 3 expertly crafted boilermaker & flatbread pairings, you’ll get the opportunity to learn about both brands and have any questions you might have answered. This is a masterclass for the experts and the uninitiated alike.
Please note: you do not require an EBW wristband to attend this event.
When: Thursday 18th October 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: The Empress of Broughton Street, 25 Broughton St, EH1 3JU
A tequila party with a slumber party theme? Sign us up. Altos Tequila are experts, authentically and lovingly crafting their drink from 100% hand-cut Maxican blue agave; the way it should be. All fans of tequila should get themselves along to Tonic and enjoy a taste of Jalisco with this collection of handcrafted tequila cocktails.
This party night at Tonic will help you blow off some steam after a long day of exploring the different events and bars. Like many other bars during the week, a range of signature cocktails will be priced at £4 with your wristband.
Pyjamas are encouraged but before you ask; teddies are provided.
When: Thursday 18th October, 8pm – 1am.
Where: Tonic, 34A N Castle St, EH2 3BN
Price: Free Entry, range of £4 cocktails
No booking required, but email to reserve a table.
As part of the festivities you can enjoy an exclusive tour of a new distiller as it opens to the public for the very first time. Sweetdram aren’t here to be fashionable; they believe in drinking differently and making spirits that excite. You can be one of the first people to delve into this brand new distillery at one of the most unique events of the week.
Get a first hand experience as you see how they create their spicy and citrusy spirit: Escubac. You’ll even get to enjoy a free sample! As if this isn’t enough, you’ll get the opportunity to purchase a dram of the very first batch of Escubac ever made in Scotland. This expression is not set to be released to the general public until 2019!
Tickets include: a tour of the fantastic distillery, samples of Sweetdram’s two spirits: Escubac and their Smoked Spiced Rum. The ticket price is redeemable against a bottle purchase and gives you 10% off at the distillery bar and gift shop.
When: 16th – 20th October, 3pm and 6pm (Tues – Fri), 12pm, 3pm and 6pm (Sat)
Where: The Sweetdram Distillery, 54 Bankhead Crossway South, EH11 4EP
You don’t need to attend any of these events to enjoy cocktail week. This is the perfect opportunity to meet up with old friends or to get out and explore some of the best bars that the Scottish capital has to offer. Over 80 bars across Edinburgh, some of which we’ve listed in the sidebar of this blog, are getting involved this year. At each bar you can enjoy a signature cocktail for only £4 with your ECW wristband. Please make sure that you drink responsibly.
From the Apothecary’s Bramble Fizz to Indigo Yard’s Sherbert Bull-Run, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy your classic favourites as well as brand new delights. Grab a few friends, get out and make the most of this year’s Edinburgh Cocktail Week.
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