Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend to become week-long event

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The inaugural Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend in October last year has proven such a success that the organisers are extending it into a week-long event in 2018.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week will run from Monday October 15 to Sunday October 21, involving 50 of the city’s bars and a bigger programme of masterclasses, tastings and other events. It will mean there will also be more opportunities for drinks brands to take part.

It will again be based on wristbands that allow people to enjoy £4 signature cocktails at participating bars but this year there will be three options: weekday for £6, weekend for £8 and week-long for £13.50.

The wristbands also give people access to free masterclasses and tastings, exclusive pop-up spaces and events, other perks around the city and free entry to top late-night venues.

Organiser Gary Anderson said: “We are delighted to announce the dates for Edinburgh Cocktail Week and share the changes we are making to the event to build and improve upon last year.

“Edinburgh has an amazing and growing cocktail scene, and Edinburgh Cocktail Week will champion that to locals and visitors to the city.

“We are working on another couple of new elements for the event this year and look forward to revealing these over the next few months.”

The full line-up of bars will be announced in the summer. Tobiasz Sipowicz, bar manager at One Square Bar & Restaurant at the Sheraton Grand Edinburgh, said: “Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend brought an atmospheric buzz to the city, showcasing the creativity and flair of mixologists within the industry. We found it to be a great success as it strengthened our position as an innovative gin bar, bringing new custom from Edinburgh and beyond. We are ecstatic to take part in 2018 and hopefully we will see new faces.”

Stephanie Bowman, marketing manager for Montpeliers Edinburgh which operates Tigerlily, said: “Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend was a fantastic event in 2017 so we are delighted to see it has been extended to a week for 2018. It was a great event and brought a diverse crowd of cocktail lovers into Tigerlily.”

Find out more at edinburghcocktailweek.co.uk.

Photo by Ellie Morag.

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