This summer there’s a whole new festival launching to provide the denizens of Edinburgh with a fun and relaxed alternative to the frenzy of the Fringe: Leith Chill Fest

Launching on August 2nd, Leith Chill Fest is a vibrant celebratory festival of EH6’s thriving bar scene.

From then until September 2nd, Leith will become a cocktail community, with eighteen of the district’s top bars offering an array of incredible cocktails that capture the true flavour of Leith, for just £5 each with the purchase of a Chill Fest wristband.

Beloved bars including Toast, Woodland Creatures, The Roseleaf, The Lioness of Leith, Finn & Bear and The Lord Nelson have all worked together to create an exciting programme for festival-goers to look forward to.

From Sofi’s ‘Tropical Leith’ to Malmaison’s ‘Leith’s A Peach’, there’s a colourful cocktail concoction guaranteed to tickle your fancy, whatever your tastes may be.

All festival-goers need to do is purchase a Chill Fest wristband for £5, and keep it for the duration of the festival.

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Picture: Leith’s first ever Chill Fest takes place from 2nd August

The every time you visit a participating bar, simply show your wristband to the bartender to be entitled to that bar’s exclusive signature cocktail for just £5.

The wristband can be used as little or as often as you like, so you can sample all sixteen signature cocktails throughout August and go back for your favourite whenever you fancy.

Sponsored by Leith Gin and organised by the teams behind Malmaison on The Shore and the Boda Bar Group, proceeds from Leith Chill Fest wristbands will be donated to two local charities supporting wellbeing for Leith residents.

The first, Projekt 42, is a not-for-profit gym and wellness centre in the Newkirkgate Shopping Centre that focuses on strengthening the connection between mental health and physical fitness, and the second, Citadel Youth Centre on Commercial Street, provides the area’s young people with learning, leisure, friendship and support services.

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