Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2021: Everything you need to know

Scotland's biggest cocktail festival returns to Edinburgh this month.

Published 5th Oct 2021
Updated 5 th Oct 2021

When is Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2021?

Edinburgh Cocktail Week will run from Monday 11 – Sunday 24 October. There will be a programme of bespoke experiences and the Edinburgh Cocktail Week and the Cocktail Village.

How much are Edinburgh Cocktail Week tickets?

100 partner bars have created a menu of cocktail serves which festival-goers can enjoy for £4 each across the festival by showing their wristband.

What events are taking place?

Wristbands are still available on the Edinburgh Cocktail Week website and limited spaces available for the experiences which include:

Classic Movies & Champagne Cocktails with Moët & Chandon at The Scotsman Picturehouse

Films shown will include The Great Gatsby, Pretty Woman, The Greatest Showman, The Devil Wears Prada, Moulin Rouge and The Seven Year Itch. Priced at £25 per person, full details on booking on the website.

Cocktail Cruises along Union Canal

Take to the water for a two-hour cruise along the Union Canal on the Lochrin Belle, enjoying four cocktails prepared by the Drinks Lab. Priced at £33 per person, full details on booking on the website.

Cocktail Afternoon Tea at The Waldorf Astoria

Enjoy a cocktail afternoon tea at Peacock Alley lounge inside the iconic five-star hotel, Waldorf Astoria. It will be serving two bespoke cocktails, a selection of homemade scones, fine loose lead teas, finger sandwiches and decadent bakes. Pre-booking is essential, with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian menus available by prior arrangement. Priced at £40 per person, full details on booking on the website.

The Essence House: A Taste Experiment

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Exploring the London Essence collection of mixers in a immersive sensory profile builder, this workshop will culminate in the creation of a bespoke cocktail complementing your individual palate profile. Priced at £10 per person, full details on booking on the website.

What cocktails are available?

In addition to £4 Signature Cocktails, this year’s festival will offer ‘Prestige Cocktails’ - a new, higher price tier of tipples to enjoy from six of Edinburgh's most celebrated and award-winning bars including Superico 99, Panda & Sons, Nightcap, Hey Palu, The Waldorf Astoria and Nauticus.

These bespoke cocktails have been crafted by the city’s top mixologists to offer an elevated experience.

There will also be a new focus on No & Low cocktails, with many of the participating bars offering a no or low alcohol version of their Signature Cocktail to cater for all lifestyles.

The Cocktail Village

On top of the bar line up, wristband holders can also visit the Cocktail Village at Festival Square and enjoy £4+ cocktails from over 20 pop-up bars alongside live music, DJs, street food and entertainment.

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Confirmed brands in the Cocktail Village include: Hendrick’s Gin, Patron, Absolut, Pickering’s Gin, Havana Club, Eden Mill, Jägermeister, The London Essence Co, Edinburgh Gin, Kahlua, Johnnie Walker, Mixtons, Sip Events, Whitebox, Herringbone, Inspirited Gin, Cabal Rum, Highland Park, Smokehead, The Hive by Wemyss Malts and Bacchus.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2021 is sponsored by Essential Edinburgh Business Improvement District. Roddy Smith, CEO of Essential Edinburgh, said: “Essential Edinburgh is absolutely delighted to be partnering with Edinburgh Cocktail Week.

"Our city centre has been hit hard over the last 18 months and events such as this will help support the safe return of much needed footfall and activity.

"The fortnight of events will be a great boost to the hospitality businesses across the city centre as they warmly welcome back residents and visitors alike.

"As we start the preparations for Christmas activity in the city centre, Edinburgh Cocktail Week is a fantastic start to the winter offering.”

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Wristband information

Wristbands for Edinburgh Cocktail Week are still available online, priced from £8.

There are three wristband options: WEEK 1, WEEK 2, or VIP. Wristbands are valid at the Cocktail Village for a full week (or both weeks with a VIP wristband) and are also valid at all 100 participating bars across the city for the entire duration of Edinburgh Cocktail Week.

For those who had already bought or carried over an Edinburgh Cocktail Week wristband, from 2020, they have been automatically upgraded to a VIP wristband.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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