Cocktails in the City Edinburgh: 5 incredibly fun things you can do at this year's event

Edinburgh's cocktail lovers are in for a treat this May Bank Holiday as the UK's leading cocktail festival returns to the capital - bringing together the city’s top bars under one roof for an exclusive two day festival. 

Published 24th Apr 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Taking place at The Hub on the Royal Mile on Friday 3 May to Saturday 4 May, 16 of the city’s top bars will create their own unique show-stopping signature serves and compete to be crowned 'Best Bar' at this year's Cocktails in the City Edinburgh.

Festival-goers can sample these incredible creations from the likes of Juniper Bar, Nauticus, Harvey Nichols, Copper Blossom — to name but a few — before casting their vote for the winning serve.

Cocktails in the City Edinburgh
Edinburgh's top bars, like the Raging Bull, will be competing to win this year. Picture: Raging Bull

Cocktails in the City Edinburgh brings back all of the ingredients that has made the event such a success in previous years, along with some exciting new additions for 2019.

Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Giner gin
Picture: Edinburgh Gin

As well as being given the chance to try the new full strength Rhubarb and Ginger gin from Edinburgh Gin thanks to two new cocktails created in partnership with Harvey Nichols, visitors can also look forward to the following at this weekend-long cocktail party...

Explore the Botanical Gin Garden

Cocktails in the City Edinburgh

With a whole floor dedicated to all things gin you’ll want to get lost down this garden path.

Pick your own botanicals and be the first to try try Edinburgh Gin’s newest cocktail with a mystery serve from Harvey Nichols.

Sample new floral cocktails from Copper Blossom and Roku Gin,or try a range of new unique flavour pairings with Pickering’s Gin and Juniper Bar

Sip new champagne cocktails created by Edinburgh's leading female bartenders

Cocktails in the City have partnered up with Laurent-Perrier and Stylist Magazine to create a campaign showcasing contemporary Champagne cocktails involving leading women within hospitality around the UK.

Award-winning Skye restaurant named in world's top 1000

Launching this weekend in Edinburgh, Sian Buchan of Panda and Sons, Georgia Thresh of Hawksmoor and Kelsie Hammy of Nightcap have created a collection of new drinks inspired by innovation, sustainability and clean cocktails using Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut and Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut. Be the first to try them this weekend.

Try the negroni three ways

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Celebrate 100 years of the Negroni and select from a range of three contemporary variations from the Campari Bar created to encourage guests to enjoy this infamous Italian tipple.

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Enjoy a sensory whisky cocktail with Laphroaig and Usquabae Whisky bar

Cocktails in the City Edinburgh

Scotch whisky cocktails are all the rage at the minute, so why not dip your hands into the Laphroaig Sensory cocktail cabinet to discover some of the more weird and wonderful tasting notes associated with this highly polarising and distinctive Islay Whisky, before sampling one of two exciting new serves.

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Enjoy new spirit journeys with The Tasting Rooms

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Taste test your way through three flavour chambers with a collection of the finest new craft spirits in an intimate 30 minute tasting session.

Finally, there's Live DJ sets from Nasty P, al fresco dining from some incredible street food stalls and not to mention over 30 new cocktails to try.

• Cocktails in the City takes place on Friday 3 May -Saturday 4 May 2019 at The Hub. Entry costs £12.50 and includes a cocktail from the bar of your choice. All additional cocktails cost £6.50. Tickets can be bought here, but be speedy as they sell out quick.

The UK’s leading cocktail festival returns to Edinburgh

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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