Everything you need to know about Aberdeen Cocktail Week 2023 - including bars, masterclasses and events

Aberdeen Cocktail Week is returning from October 18 to October 24. Here is everything you need to know.

Published 18th Oct 2023
Updated 18 th Oct 2023

The second instalment of Aberdeen Cocktail Week is set to shake up the Granite City. More than 30 bars will take part in the event which will run from Wednesday, October 18 until Tuesday, October 24.

Venues include bars such as Siberia, Orchid, Ninety-Nine, The Ivy Lodge, Resident X and the newly opened Shapeshifters escape room and cocktail experience.

So if you’re looking to enjoy a wee tipple, here is everything you need to know about Aberdeen Cocktail Week.

What is Aberdeen Cocktail Week?

The celebration of the Granite City’s drinks scene began last year, organised by Gregor Sey, who owns mobile cocktail business Boozy Events.

How does the event work?

Those interested should purchase a wristband from organisers to access the special menus, deals and events which are part of Aberdeen Cocktail Week.

Each of the venues will offer special menu items, such as a signature drink and a £5 cocktail, with some also offering non-alcoholic options or food menu items.

Happy Landings by Shape Shifters in Aberdeen.

Wristband holders are also entitled to special perks including discounts in local businesses such as How Bao Now, Dough and Co and Grub.

What events are on during Aberdeen Cocktail Week

On Wednesday, October 18 Aberdeen Cocktail Week will kick off with a VIP drinks event which will include complimentary cocktails from festival supporters Angus Alchemy and Angostura.

Also on October 18 there will also be a Cocktail Week Quiz held at Resident X, with games such as Play Your Cards Right costing just £1 to play with bonus additional prizes.

On Friday October 20, there are several events to attend from Boozy Bingo at Barbelow to Canvas and Cocktails with Roehill Springs Distillery.

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Meanwhile, Revolucion de Cuba wristband holders can access the exclusive Havana Bar for a night of £5 cocktails, dancers, masterclasses, shot limbo and a DJ.

Craig Scott from Bartenders Lounge. Image: Aberdeen Cocktail Week

On Saturday October 21 there will be a drinks market at OGV Podium with samples from up and coming brands from across the region. Smoke and Soul will also host a Boozy BBQ Brunch at The Firepit with two sessions at 11am and 1pm.

On Sunday, Revolucion de Cuba will host a cocktail making class, while on Monday Faffless will host a cheese and whisky evening with Lochlea.

Aberdeen Cocktail Week will close on Tuesday with a quiz at The Craftsman, with free entry for wristband holders and a voucher for the venue on offer.

Which bars are taking place in Aberdeen Cocktail Week?

There are many excellent bars in Aberdeen, and thirty of the city’s best will participate in Aberdeen Cocktail Week with creative cocktails and discounts.

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Venues include:

  • Orchid
  • Malmaison
  • Shapeshifters
  • The Spiritualist
  • Bartenders Lounge
  • OGV Taproom
  • Revolucion de Cuba
  • Ninety-Nine
  • Faffless
  • Siberia Bar and Hotel
  • Common Sense
  • Resident X
  • Under the Hammer
  • Chop Grill and Bar
  • The Firepit by Smoke and Soul
  • Dusk
  • The Noose & Monkey
  • Paramount
  • The Ivy Lodge
  • The Albyn
  • Jam Jar
  • Glentanar
  • Aracadia
  • Chaophraya
  • Revolution
  • The Craftsman Company
  • The Old Workshop
  • Barbelow
  • The Townhouse Bar and Kitchen
  • The Pig’s Wings

During Aberdeen Cocktail Week offerings include drinks such as Happy Landings from Shape Shifters, Resident X’s Social Butterfly which includes a donation to the VSA and The Balanced Breakfast from Siberia Bar and Hotel.

A white and purple cocktail with crushed ice sits on a white marble table
Resident X in Aberdeen will donate money from their Social Butterfly cocktail to VSA during Aberdeen Cocktail Week.

In addition, bakery Fat Batch are serving up two Cocktail Week exclusives; the Pornstar Martini blondie and the Espresso Martini Brownie – while stocks last, of course.

Where to buy wristbands

Wristbands for Aberdeen Cocktail Week can be bought through the festival website and collected from either Siberia on Belmont Street or Fat Batch on Elmbank Terrace.

For the week, wristbands cost £12, with concession bands for Blue Light card holders or students at £9.

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