Edinburgh prepares for weekend-long festival of cocktails

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Edinburgh is set to host Scotland’s biggest-ever cocktail event this weekend as 8,000 cocktail fans are expected to descend on the capital for the inaugural Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend.

From Friday October 6 to Sunday October 8, 50 of Edinburgh’s top cocktail bars are taking part in the festival, each having designed a unique signature cocktail that wristband wearers can enjoy exclusively for £4.

Each signature cocktail has been carefully designed in partnership with brand ambassadors. Highlights include a Willy Wonka-inspired Violet Beauregarde at The Refinery, a tipsy ice cream milkshake at The Boozy Cow, an iced coffee cocktail at Eden Locke and a cotton candy-topped Weekend in Paris at Sygn as well as 21 vegan-friendly cocktails.

Organiser Gary Anderson said: “After months of planning we are really looking forward to seeing everyone setting off on their cocktail adventure this weekend as they sip, sample and socialise their way around the city.

“The wonderful thing about the event is the variety of cocktails on offer, with no two cocktails being similar. It’s a chance to enjoy your favourite flavours, but also an opportunity to experiment and discover something surprising.”

As well as enjoying £4 cocktails, wristband holders also have the chance to register to attend free masterclasses and tastings hosted by the likes of Edinburgh Gin, The Scottish Malt Whisky Society, Arbikie, Leith Gin and various participating bars.

Wristband holders can also enjoy exclusive access to The Boudoir at Brewhemia and the rooftop Skybar on the top floor of DoubleTree by Hilton.

For those who want to party into the early morning hours, wristbands provide free entry before midnight to late-night venues Opal Lounge, Lulu and Shanghai.

Wristbands (£6 or two for £11) are available at www.edinburghcocktailweekend.com and can then be collected from the Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend Hub at ANTA on George Street along with a free copy of the ECW Guide.

List of participating bars
Tigerlily
Copper Blossom
Malmaison
WestRoom
The Printing Press
Kaleidoscope
Harvey Nichols
Montpeliers
Brewhemia
Eden Locke
Ishka
Dine
One Square
Heads & Tails
Le Monde
The Raeburn
The Boozy Cow
Foundry 39
The Refinery
The Villager
Nightcap
No8 Lister Square
Candy Bar
Joseph Pearce’s
Juniper
Badger & Co
Revolution
Sygn
Whistle Stop Barber Shop
The Scottish Malt Whisky Society
OX184
Hemma
Epicurean
Usquabae Bar
Akva
Monboddo
Voodoo Rooms
Rabble
The Huxley
The Lantern Room
The Empress of Broughton Street
Indigo Yard
Element
Tonic
Bar Soba
99 Hanover Street
Boda Bar
Lulu
Opal Lounge
Shanghai

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