Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2022: ticket prices, bars and live music line-up unveiled

After a sell out event last year, 2022 is set to be Edinburgh Cocktail Week’s biggest ever festival as the team unveil a line-up of bars and live music.

Published 11th May 2022
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

120 bars have confirmed for this year's Edinburgh Cocktail Week, along with a varied line up of headline music acts for the Cocktail Village.

These include sea shanty-singing TikTok sensation, Nathan Evans, Edinburgh singer-songwriter Callum Beattie, Swedish rising popstar, Lilly Ahlberg, TikTok’s newest Scottish singing obsession Calum Bowie, and Scottish funk-disco band, High Fade.

Taking place from 7-16 October, wristband holders can take advantage of exclusive £5 Signature Cocktails at 120 of Edinburgh’s trendiest venues, popular speakeasys, neighbourhood pubs and some of the coolest joints on the east coast.

New venues taking part this year include The Alchemist, The Cocktail Mafia, Bonnie & Wild, Bitter Sweet, High Dive, The Daiquiri, East Finch, 63rd & 1st and Tipsy Midgie, alongside returning favourites Tigerlily, The Dome, Le Monde, Harvey Nichols, Copper Blossom, Cold Town House, Black Ivy, Skybar, Tonic and NQ64 – each serving a £5 Signature Cocktail.

The ‘Prestige Cocktails’ category offers wristband-holders the chance to enjoy more luxurious cocktail experiences curated by some of the city’s top mixologists and award-winning venues including Panda & Sons, Hey Palu, the Harrods Champagne Bar, Eve at Virgin Hotels Edinburgh, Nightcap, Hawksmoor, The Waldorf Astoria and Superico 99.

With music an ever increasingly popular feature of Edinburgh Cocktail Week, organisers are putting a focus on live music this year, with the Cocktail Village at Festival Square welcoming an exciting line-up of headline acts.

Kicking things off is sea shanty-singing TikTok sensation, Nathan Evans who will take to the stage on Friday the 7 October. 

Chart topping Nathan’s single The Wellerman shot to number-one in the UK Singles Chart in 2021 and has racked up over 500 million streams.

Edinburgh-born Callum Beattie, who is due to play at TRNSMT this summer and was recently named number-one Album in The Official Scottish Album Charts, will return to his roots and take to the stage on Monday 10 October followed by Swedish rising pop star, Lilly Ahlberg on Tuesday the 11 October.

There will be live music at the Cocktail Village every day from 2pm, with headline acts supported by local upcoming bands and popular DJs.

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Gary Anderson, Managing Director of Edinburgh Cocktail Week said: “We’re thrilled to be returning for our fifth year this Autumn. We are always warmly welcomed by the local bar community and it’s great to see new and more bars taking part than ever before.

It’s important that we continue to develop our festival year-on-year and continue to offer our visitors a memorable and unique visit at Edinburgh Cocktail Week.

"With music such a popular element of the Cocktail Village, we’re excited to welcome headline acts to the Music Stage this year that we’re sure will get everyone dancing and singing along.

We are also introducing other new elements to this year’s festival, with exciting new pop-ups, spaces and experiences in the Cocktail Village, and our most diverse programme of events happening across the city.

"All will be revealed in due course.”

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Wristbands are on sale now and can be bought online now.

Wristband options for 2022 are:

  • Weekend 1 - £8.50 + BF (valid Friday 7 – Sunday 9 Oct)
  • Weekday - £8.50 + BF (valid Monday 10 –  Thursday 13 Oct)
  • Weekend 2- £8.50 + BF (valid Friday 14 – Sunday 16 Oct)
  • Ten Day - £25.00 + BF (valid Friday 7 – Sunday 16 Oct)

All wristbands are valid at all 120 participating bars for the full 10-day duration of the festival. Wristbands are valid at the Cocktail Village for the dates detailed above.

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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