Edinburgh's Cold Town House to bring back the 80s with Martin Kemp hosting for one night this weekend

A popular Edinburgh bar is bringing back the 80s for a retro party this weekend – featuring a VIP appearance from one of the decade’s best-known musicians.

Published 9th Jan 2020
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Cold Town House in the Grassmarket is throwing a huge themed celebration this Friday (10th January) with Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp hosting an exclusive meet and greet.

From 6pm, guests can enjoy a series of top tunes from the decade with a live DJ, as well as Cold Town House’s new ‘taste of the 80s’ cocktail tree plus pizza and drinks deals.

Hairstylists from Charlie Miller will be there to provide complimentary classic 80s hairstyles and The Makeup Bar will provide 80s makeup.

Jamie Napier, general manager of Cold Town House, said: “We know January can be a bit dark and gloomy so we’re bringing back the most colourful decade to keep the party going.

“Put on your brightest neon outfits and we’ll provide the hair, makeup, blue cocktails, pizza and great music.

“Our VIP – one of the most famous faces of the 80s – Martin Kemp will be joining the party for a dance and to take pictures with guests. It’s not to be missed.

“If you’re wandering down the Grassmarket this week, look out for our team on rollerblades with boomboxes who will be handing out exclusive flyers and special deals.”

Cold Town House’s brand-new ‘taste of the 80s’ cocktail tree will feature six colourful cocktails including a ‘Pretty in Pink’, ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘GOLD’ in honour of Spandau Ballet’s famous hit.

Guests can also enjoy two other exclusive cocktails which will be available on the night; the Karma Chameleon and the Hawaiian Blue cocktail. They can pair with the special ‘taste of the 80s’ prawn cocktail pizza for just £10 – available from noon until midnight on the 10th of January.

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The 80s themed party at Cold Town House is completely free and there’s no need to book but fancy dress is encouraged. Only people over the age of 18 will be permitted.

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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