Whisky tipi bar to offer Festival-goers free seats in Edinburgh this weekend

An Edinburgh whisky tipi bar is offering free, handcrafted seats to customers this weekend...and you can take them home.

Published 7th Aug 2019
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

If you'd like to enjoy the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from the comfort of your own seat this weekend, then head to The Woodsman Whisky Tipi bar in the Underbelly for a quirky surprise.

With tens of thousands of people expected to flock to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this weekend, it may be a bit hard to find a seat in a bar, with one exception.

The Woodsman Whisky Tipi is offering customers the chance to not only nab their own bar stool but take it home with them too.

This fully stocked bar is located in the Underbelly's George Square and is complete with deck chairs, chesterfield sofas a TV campfire and a 7ft bear called Woody - because, why not?

But with a popular festival bar comes the notorious struggle for a prime resting spot to enjoy a drink, which is why, with hundreds expected to head to their tipi this weekend, The Woodsman decided to do something about it.

On Saturday 10 August, the first 20 people who head to  The Woodsman Tipi between 4pm and 6pm will be given the best seat in the bar – literally – because a number of limited edition stools have been built to give away.

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Picture: the Woodsman stools

Made exclusively for the 2019 festival, each of The Woodsman’s stools are individually hand-carved, honed from scorched birch plywood and finished with the bottle’s distinctive logo engraved on top.

The sturdy stools are collapsible for easy transport – meaning festival-goers can easily take their seat home. And for attendees who are heading to another show, The Woodsman will arrange delivery to their homes.

As well as being given the unique seats, the lucky attendees will be invited to enjoy a refreshing serve of The Woodsman in a VIP area of the bar.

Kenny Nicholson, Head of Modern Spirits at Whyte & Mackay, said: “Navigating your way through the biggest arts festival in the world is thirsty work and we all know the frustration of having to stand in a crowded bar.

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"Which is why The Woodsman have hand-built these wooden stools, giving attendees a comfortable seat to sip a delicious whisky cocktail on.

 “What better way to enjoy some down time this weekend than with your own limited-edition seat? And the best part is, they’re free to take home. No need to ask if this seat is taken because it can be – by you.”

What is the Woodsman?

The Woodsman has woodcraft at its heart – from its maturation process to its premium packaging.

It has an ABV of 40% and is matured using a mix of freshly-built oak casks from Ohio, which gives it a hint of vanilla and spice and ex-Bourbon barrels double-scorched in Scotland for an extra depth, adding more vanilla sweetness and a hint of woodsmoke.

It’s an ideal whisky for mixing and recommended serves for it include a Maple Syrup Old Fashioned, a Woodsman & Ginger Beer, or simply mixing with cola.

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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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