Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2023: When it is, and how to get wristbands for £5 cocktails at Edinburgh’s best bars
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Edinburgh Cocktail Week kicks off this weekend – an annual event celebrating all things shaken, stirred and everything in between.
Held from Friday October 6 to Sunday October 15 (yes, that's 10 days folks, not 7!), it allows visitors to enjoy countless delicious concoctions at a fraction of their usual price.
This year, a total of 100 of Edinburgh’s hottest hangouts are taking part in the celebrations, each serving a £5 cocktail exclusively to wristband holders. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, the Cocktail Village at Festival Square returns with 22 pop-up bars, also serving amazing cocktails for just a fiver.
Here is everything you need to know about Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2023.
Which venues are taking part?
A total of 100 of Edinburgh’s coolest bars and speakeasies are taking part in the 2023 celebrations. This year’s line-up boasts over 20 venues set to make their Edinburgh Cocktail Week debut – including Duck & Waffle, The Botanist, House of Gods, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, The West End Brasserie, Patron Saint, Dizzy Izzy’s, Coco Boho, Eve at Virgin Hotels Edinburgh, Brewhemia, carte blanche! and many more.
Following on from the sell-out success of last year, many firm favourites are also returning – including The Alchemist, Tigerlily, Harvey Nichols, Copper Blossom, The Dome, Tonic, Cold Town House, The Cocktail Mafia, The Boozy Cow and more.
Where is the Cocktail Village?
The Cocktail Village at Festival Square is the bustling social hub of Edinburgh Cocktail Week. It is open 12pm - 11pm daily (8pm close on Sundays).
Entry is free with a wristband and inside you will find 22 pop-up bars serving amazing cocktails from £5. It also has a live music stage with a jam-packed programme of local musicians and headline acts as well as tasty street food trucks and entertainment.
Pop-up bars and brands this year include: Aperol Spritz, Appleton Estate Rum, Boe Gin, Buck’s Bar, Chambord, Dead Man’s Fingers, Dizzy Izzy’s, El Jimador Tequila, Engine Gin, Grey Goose Vodka, Hoxton Spirits, Jack Daniel’s, Malibu, Mixtons, Moët & Chandon, Olmeca Altos Tequila, Patron, Rooster Rojo Tequila, Seven Crofts Gin, Sips Events, Smugglers Spirits, Stranger’s Point Gin, The Bonnie Bar Horsebox, The Herringbone Horsebox, Tia Maria, Wray & Nephew Rum. Beer - Peroni & Madrí. Street Food - Duck & Waffle, Pizza Geeks & Taberu Japanese Kitchen.
It is highly recommended to buy wristbands in advance, especially if you plan to visit at the weekends, as they sell out each year.
£5 cocktails at 100 bars
With a wristband you can sip your way around the city with £5 Signature Cocktails available from 100 of Edinburgh’s best bars.
There’s lots of new bars taking part this year, and all your firm favourites will be making a return – among them Tigerlily, Tonic, The Cocktail Mafia, Copper Blossom, Harvey Nichols, The Dome, Cold Town House and Le Monde. To see all the bars taking part, visit Edinburgh Cocktail Week's website here.
What have the organisers said?
Gary Anderson, managing director of Edinburgh Cocktail Week said: “As this is Edinburgh Cocktail Week’s fifth birthday, we want the 2023 Cocktail Village to be bigger and better than ever before.
“We’re delighted to announce that over 20 local and international brands will be joining us on Festival Square and it’s great to see some of the biggest brands in the business coming to the village for the first time.
He added: “Whether you’re looking for some fresh and fizzy, bitter, sweet, fruity or sour, there will be something for all cocktail enthusiasts to enjoy. With just under three months to go, we’re so excited about the £5 cocktails that will be available this year that we had to share a few of them early! Cheers!”
How to get tickets
Wristband options for 2023 are (prices inclusive of booking fees):
Weekend 1 - £9.50 (valid Friday 6th – Sunday 8th Oct)
Weekday - £7 (valid Monday 9th – Thursday 12th Oct)
Weekend 2- £9.50 (valid Friday 13th – Sunday 15th Oct)
Ten Day - £13.50 (valid Friday 6th – Sunday 15th Oct)
All wristbands are valid at all 100 participating bars for the full 10-day duration of the festival. Wristbands are valid at the Cocktail Village for the dates detailed above.