Edinburgh Cocktail Week (ECW) has launched a campaign to support the city’s hospitality sector and help protect jobs as venues face tighter restrictions.
The ‘Sip & Support’ campaign, which runs between 1 October and 30 November, will champion what’s happening in Edinburgh’s bars, with the ECW social media channels and website becoming a beacon of information to inspire customers to visit and safely socialise with friends and family.
Over 60 bars across Edinburgh will take part in Sip & Support. Some will be running special drink promotions, offering £4 cocktails, while others have partnered with brands to create exclusive cocktail menus.
Pop-ups and bar takeovers will also take place, alongside takeaway and delivery services and themed afternoon teas.
Participating bars include House of Gods, Lady Libertine, Hawksmoor, The Lioness of Leith, Fingal, Raging Bull, Cold Town House, Tigerlily, the Rose Street Secret Garden, The Bon Vivant, Uno Mas, Harvey Nichols, Kin, Candy Bar, Malmaison, Nauticus, Tonic, Last Word Saloon and The Raeburn.
Gary Anderson, managing director of Edinburgh Cocktail Week, said: “These are extremely challenging times for the hospitality industry and unfortunately we have already seen a number of bars in Edinburgh fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We feel it is our duty to use our platform and voice to support our colleagues as best and responsibly as we can. We hope our campaign and the support of our followers will help save businesses and jobs.
“With Sip & Support, we want to inform and inspire – inform about the safety measures bars have in place to keep people safe and provide a space to meet and socialise with their friends and loved ones; and inspire people to visit bars by letting them know what’s happening over the coming months so they can get out there and enjoy themselves safely while supporting local businesses.
“I’m personally excited to try the Glenmorangie ‘Delicious Adventure’ cocktails that will be running across 10 of Edinburgh’s most creative cocktail bars, promising flavour-first cocktails that go above and beyond. It’s great to see brands like this getting behind Edinburgh’s independent bars.”