Edinburgh Cocktail Week has confirmed it will take place in October and that the hugely popular festival is extending to two full weeks, Monday 11th – Sunday 24th, including its flagship Cocktail Village at Festival Square.
‘We are absolutely delighted to announce the return of Edinburgh Cocktail Week. Our festival attracts over 20,000 people every year, so the challenge for us has been how do we safely welcome everyone back and give them the fun, social festival experience that we have all waited so long for. It was clear we had to extend this year’s festival to two weeks to spread footfall over a longer period of time, allowing us to deliver a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience in the Cocktail Village and in the participating bars and pop-ups around the city. We are conscious there may still be some restrictions in place in October, such as social distancing and reduced capacities, so we are increasing the size of the Cocktail Village and doubling our capacity with an adapted layout inside and new covered areas outside – it’s going to be our biggest yet! There has also been additional ventilation added and a completely transparent roof to the Cocktail Village to allow in more fresh air and natural light – measures we know help keep people safe and give them extra confidence in attending. We are confident that these changes, along with the extension to two weeks, will ensure Edinburgh Cocktail Week can go ahead safely in October.’Gary Anderson, Organiser.
As in previous years, the Cocktail Village at Festival Square will be the buzzing, social epicentre of the festival; beautifully decorated and filled with twenty pop-up bars serving delicious £4 cocktails alongside a programme of live music, entertainment and a tasty selection of local street food, guaranteeing a great day out with friends. Over 80 of Edinburgh’s finest cocktail bars will also take part in Edinburgh Cocktail Week, each creating a special ‘Signature Cocktail’ in partnership with premium spirit brands, which wristband-holders can enjoy exclusively for £4 each. Confirmed bars include Tigerlily, Harvey Nichols, Cold Town House, Copper Blossom, Tonic, Candy Bar, The Boozy Cow, Indigo Yard, Whiski Rooms, Herringbone and Badger & Co.
This is the first year ‘Prestige Cocktails’ are being introduced to Edinburgh Cocktail week. This new superpremium tier of cocktails, priced at £15 each, will be available from Edinburgh’s 5-star venues and bars, giving wristband-holders the opportunity to indulge their taste buds in more adventurous tipples created by some of the city’s award-winning mixologists. There will also be a new focus on No & Low cocktails, with all participating bars offering a no or low alcohol version of their Signature Cocktail to cater for all lifestyles.
This year will also see the introduction of more pop-up sites dotted across the city. Organisers are remaining tight-lipped on what and where these new pop-ups will be but they promise to offer unique and exciting experiences for festival goers, just like the rooftop Cocktail Domes did during the last festival.
Wristbands for Edinburgh Cocktail Week are on sale now priced from just £8. There are three wristband options: WEEK 1, WEEK 2, or VIP. Wristbands are valid at the Cocktail Village for a full week (or both weeks with a VIP wristband) and are also valid at all 80+ participating bars across the city for the entire duration of Edinburgh Cocktail Week – meaning you can enjoy multiple ‘wee days out’ to make the most of this year’s festival. For those who had already bought or carried over an ECW wristband, they will be automatically upgraded to a VIP wristband. This will be confirmed in an email by Edinburgh Cocktail Week’s ticketing provider, Citizen Ticket.
Wristbands: On sale now
Week 1 (valid 11th – 17th October)
Week 2 (valid 18th – 24th October)
VIP (valid 11th – 24th October)
Wristbands are valid for free entry and £4 cocktails at the Cocktail Village for one week (or both with a VIP wristband) and are valid for £4 cocktails in all 80+ participating bars around the city for the entire duration of Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2021.
Hotel Partner 2021: As official accommodation partner of Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2021, Apex Hotels are offering 10% off a one night stay and 15% off a two or more night stay between 11th – 24th October. The offer can be redeemed by using promo code ‘ECW2021’ when booking on the Apex Hotels website. The offer applies to Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel and Apex Haymarket Hotel. T&Cs apply. Apex Hotels have four hotels in Edinburgh: Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and Apex Haymarket Hotel. All are perfectly placed in the city centre and are a great place to stay and explore. The hotels are renowned for their stylish bedrooms, contemporary restaurants and bars, and above all, their warmer welcome. Guests can be Apex Assured with enhanced cleaning and guest safety standards as well as rate flexibility.