Edinburgh Cocktail Week is back from 14 to 20 October with a number of new festival features, including the Cocktail Forest and expanded Cocktail Village.
Following its successful introduction to the festival last year, the Cocktail Village returns to Festival Square, expanding in size and experience with a new forest-themed extension.
The new “dark, enchanted space” will feature wigwams, fire pits and a forest floor and canopy alongside pop-up bars, giant toadstools and mythical forest creatures.
The Cocktail Village will act as the “social epicentre” of the week-long festival, bursting with 19 pop-up bars, masterclasses, live music and entertainment.
Pop-up bars this year include Edinburgh Gin with Brewhemia, Belvedere Vodka, Patron Tequila with 4042, Johnnie Walker, Highland Park, Eden Mill with The Raging Bull, Lindores Abbey, the Herringbone Horsebox and a special ‘Temple of Rum’ bar from The Pop Up Geeks and Don Q rum.
Also new for 2019 is the Cocktail Domes installation on the rooftop garden of The Glasshouse Hotel. Each fully transparent dome seats 8-10 people and will be styled with sofas, cushions, blankets, rugs and fairy lights, offering festival-goers the opportunity to enjoy views of the city’s skyline while sipping on cocktails.
Between visiting the Cocktail Village, Forest and Rootop Domes, wristband-holders can also take a “cocktail adventure” around the city, enjoying £4 signature cocktails from 70 of Edinburgh’s top cocktail bars.
New bars this year include Cold Town House in the Grassmarket, The Raging Bull, Smoke & Mirrors, The Barologist, Camera, Damm 27, The Garden, Brewdog, Heads & Tales and Scott’s on Princes Street, along with returning favourites The Refinery, Harvey Nichols, Tigerlily, Tonic, Copper Blossom, The Voyage of Buck and Brewhemia.
Throughout the week there will also be a programme of events and parties across the capital as brands and bars collaborate to host bartender takeovers, educational masterclasses and tastings, parties and cocktail-making competitions.
Edinburgh Cocktail Week organiser Gary Anderson said: “We’re excited to be expanding Edinburgh Cocktail Week across the city this year and further develop the experience for wristband-holders with the introduction of new features and pop-up spaces.
“The forest and street food areas are both exciting additions to the Cocktail Village and we’re delighted to be the first festival to bring cocktail domes to Edinburgh.
“The rooftop garden at The Glasshouse Hotel is the perfect setting for these and we’re working with fantastic partners to make the pods a really special space to enjoy cocktails and time with friends.”