New look and location for Edinburgh festivals’ Aperol Spritz bar

The Aperol Spritz Social at Spinningfields, Manchester

The popular Aperol Spritz pop-up bar is returning to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe for a third year, with a new look and a new location.

The Aperol Spritz Garden will be moving from its traditional spot in the middle of George Street outside the Assembly Rooms to the historic St Andrew Square at the eastern end of the street.

Running from July 31 to August 25, it ties in with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that runs from August 1 to 25. It will be open from 11am to midnight every day.

Following the successful 2012 and 2013 events in Edinburgh, this year’s bar has been designed as a Venetian hideaway with a modern twist. It will feature orange trees, wooden terracing covered with Italian lounge furniture, idyllic water features, cosy heaters, beanbags and grassy picnic areas filled with deck chairs. It will also offer a programme of live world music on the Aperol Spritz Showcase Stage.

It is moving to St Andrew Square with the Famous Spiegeltent venue, located next to a new platform for comedy and music called the Stand in the Square.

The bar will feature the signature serve of an Aperol Spritz made with three parts Cinzano Prosecco, two parts Aperol, a splash of soda and a slice of orange, served in a wine glass over ice.

Also known as a Spritz Veneziano, the Aperol Spritz has been listed in the International Bartending Association’s Official Drinks’ list for professional bartenders since 2011.

The serve has been promoted at a variety of pop-up bars throughout the summer, with the Aperol Spritz Social visiting Spinningfields, Manchester, in early July (pictured) and Bestival on the Isle of Wight from September 4 to 7.

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