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All you need to know about Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2018

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Scotland's biggest cocktail event returns 15 - 21 October, here's everything you need to know...

What’s this all about then?

Well, it’s a week-long cocktail festival which runs from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 October, when you get the chance to enjoy amazing cocktails for less and learn tips and tricks from the city’s best bartenders.

Sounds great. Where does it take place?

It’s all over town, at more than 80 bars, but a huge Cocktail Village at Festival Square on Lothian Road will be its epicentre. This is where festivalgoers will collect their wristbands and free copy of the ECW Guide before enjoying £4 signature cocktails from bespoke pop-up bars such as Edinburgh Gin, Belvedere Vodka, Jameson Whiskey, Ableforth’s Gin, Altos Tequila, Smokehead Whisky and Rock Rose Gin.

What do you mean by wristbands?

Everyone needs to buy a wristband to enjoy cocktails featured during the event for £4 each. Wristbands are £6 for a weekday band (valid Monday to Friday) and £8 for a weekend band (valid Saturday and Sunday).

Anything I should be looking out for?

The Secret Spirits Study masterclass hub and bar on Queen Street, hosted by Wemyss Malts and Darnley’s Gin, will be good. The exact location is being kept under wraps, but wristband-holders can expect a program of cocktail making, gin and whisky masterclasses where they’ll sample and learn how to create classic cocktails.

Sign me up. How’s best to book?

Find out more at

Edinburgh Cocktail Week / Edinburgh bars / cocktail festival

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