Five things you need to know about Edinburgh Cocktail Week

With the expanded follow-up to last year’s highly successful event kicking off this week, drinks blogger The Mixolosopher is here to fill you in on the facts about this year's Edinburgh Cocktail Week.

Published 9th Oct 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

1. There is an Edinburgh Cocktail Week – and it starts on Monday

In case you’ve had a hectic few months, been globetrotting or just tried to shield yourself from all the recent madness in the world, you may have missed the fact that Edinburgh will be playing host to a huge mixological celebration starting on Monday the 15th.

2. Festival Square will become a Cocktail Village

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

As well as events across the city, a huge marquee will act as the bustling hub of ECW, housing pop-up bars to suit every taste and showcasing live music, DJs and cocktail and spirit masterclasses.

3. Over eighty bars across the city are getting involved

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

Pretty much every Edinburgh bar worth the salt with which they rim their margaritas is contributing a signature cocktail just for ECW, with many venues hosting exclusive tasting sessions, tours and parties throughout the week.

Speaking of which…

4. A Pornstar Martini Party, a Whisky Escape Room and The Secret Spirits Study

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

Edinburgh’s newest late-night venue 4042 will be hosting the Pornstar Martini
Party in collaboration with Absolut.

Tonic will be getting all Mexican with an Altos Tequila sleepover party while Nightcap will have an escape room for experienced and novice whisky-lovers alike.

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There’s also a beer and whisky pairing at The Empress of Broughton Street, a Pickering’s gin and food pairing at Brewhemia, exclusive tours of Sweetdram’s brand new distillery and what can only be described as a pop-up cocktail university on Queen’s Street.

5. Wristbands start at just £6

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

Like all good festivals, access to ECW’s revelry can only be achieved with a brightly-coloured strip of material fastened to your wrist.

This magical strap will give you exclusive access to the Cocktail Village and the bar events and, if you waggle your adorned wrist while purchasing a signature cocktail you’ll get it for just £4.

You’ll also receive free entry to several Edinburgh nightspots and even a discount on your taxi ride home with mytaxi.

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For obvious reasons, many of the events can only be on a first-come, first-serve basis, though it may be possible to book in advance.

For full details of the bars involved, the events taking place, the venues offering discounts and to buy wristbands, visit

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Iain Meldrum (aka Mixolosopher) has over a decade of experience at the top of the drinks industry as both a bartender and trainer. He is passionate about all things alcoholic - though in a responsible and philosophical way, of course.
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