Everything you need to know about Edinburgh's Cocktails in the City 2018

Cocktails in the City, the hugely popular UK cocktail event, is returning to Edinburgh this month. From buying tickets to the brands involved, here is everything you need to know about this exciting event.

Published 7th Nov 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

What is Cocktails in the City?

Perfect for cocktail aficionados and the cocktail curious, Cocktails in the City invites guests to discover sixteen of the city’s most exciting, exclusive and famous bars, the finest drinks and the most creative bartenders, all under one roof.

Dubbed as the ‘world’s most convenient’ cocktail crawl thanks to everything being in one location -  therefore there's no need for buses, taxis or trams - this year's event is set to welcome 16 of the city’s best bars, from hotels and party haunts, to speakeasies, tiki bars and restaurant bars, meaning there is something for everyone.

The theme in 2018 is Inspired by Edinburgh and the drinks will be taking ideas from the people, history, events and flavours that make the city so unique.

Where and when is the event being held?

The event will be held at The Hub, which lies just off of the Royal Mile and is a short walk from Waverley train station.

Picture: The Hub

It will take place on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November and runs from 6pm until 11pm.

The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

How do I get tickets?

Cocktails in the City 2018

The entry ticket is £12 (Book here) and includes one cocktail - redeemable at any of the 16 pop-up bars in attendance - and a cocktail booklet.

Cocktails are then £6.50 and available throughout the night.

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The event, which in the past has been described as “a delectable festival of drinks” by Condé Nast Traveller, is a unique chance to celebrate the quality
and diversity of Edinburgh’s vibrant world-class cocktail scene.

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Alongside 16 of the city’s most exclusive bars, guests can enjoy cocktail masterclasses, tasting sessions and even get the chance to use foraged ingredients to rustle up their own gin-based cocktails.

There’ll be the chance to sample the signature cocktails specially created for the festival by a diverse range of leading Edinburgh venues, from chic designer style of Harvey Nichol’s Forth Floor Bar to the New Orleans vibes of Hoot the Redeemer in Hanover Street, and award-winning steak and cocktail bar Hawksmoor – plus many more, including 56 North, Juniper Bar and Nightcap.

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A new immersive drinks experience, The Tasting Rooms, hosted in partnership with leading online drinks retailer 31Dover.com, offers an
intimate series of tasting sessions with three craft producers in a private setting.

For guests prone to the occasional Espresso Martini, masterclasses with Tia Maria and The Coffee Project will unveil the secrets to creating the perfect drink.

Gin-lovers will want to take a seat at the forage botanical table where they can select from 22 herbs and flowers from Islay, to create their own drink courtesy of The Botanist Gin.

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Picture: The Botanist

The Bar Line-Up

The Angels Share

Le Monde

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The Blackbird


Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Bar

The Hawksmoor

Hoot The Redeemer

Juniper Bar



The Voyage of Buck

The Pop Up Geeks

Bullard and Worth

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Picture: Cocktails in the City

What are the featured brands?



Rock Rose


Edinburgh Gin

Pickering's Gin

Angostura Rums

Ketel One Vodka

Sweet Dram

Martini Riserva


Johnnie Walker

Tanqueray Rangpur

Here is a sneak peek of some of the selected cocktails on offer

Crimson Pirate - Nightcap

At Cocktails in the City Nightcap have created a selection of drinks inspired by films where the drinks take centre stage. Join us for an alfresco cocktail and film evening with the magnificent Hub and Castle as your backdrop.


35ml Woods Old Navy Rum, 125ml Coconut Milk, 65ml Pineapple Juice, 20ml Demerara Syrup, Pinch Salt

Against the Grain - Nauticus

The concept of Nauticus is to use local ingredients and this drink combines one of the world's finest whiskies with a selection of new Edinburgh producers.


20ml Glenmorangie, 15ml Leith Sherry Oloroso, 20ml Escubac, 15ml simple syrup, 4 drops Tonka Bean Bitters, 50ml Soda. Garnish with mint and lemon.

Draught of Living Death - Pop Up Geeks

A powerful potion that when brewed correctly will transform before your eyes. Crisp and light with notes of vanilla, raisin, honey and green apple.


35ml Butterfly Pea infused Escubac, 10ml Cocchi Americano, 15ml Manzana Verde, 5ml Malic Acid


Will there be drinks offered for designated drivers and people not wanting to drink alcohol?

Yes, non-alcoholic cocktails and water are available from every pop-up bar.

When will last orders be?

Last orders are 10.30pm.

Can under-18s attend the event?

No, the event is for over-18s only.

Is there a dress code?

No, there isn’t a dress code, so get as dressed up or as dressed down as you like.

Will there be a cloakroom available?


Are festival goers allowed to film or photograph the event?

Yes, the event is actively encouraging this so go ahead and take photos or create videos of the event and share them on the Facebook page as well as Instagram through the hashtag #CITCEDIN

Will festival goers need to pay for drinks via a token system?

Yes, tokens will be £6.50 – available at the token banks.

Can festival goers bring cash, cards or both?

The event is cashless – don’t worry about taking out money you can’t account for later – it’s card all the way.

Will there be first aiders on site?

Yes, there will be first aiders at the event should they be needed.

Is there access for wheelchair users?

Yes, there is access for wheelchair users.

• For more information on Cocktails in the City, please visit www.cocktailsinthecity.com/events/edinburgh

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