Everything You Need to Know about Edinburgh Cocktail Week


To help you make the most of Edinburgh Cocktail Week, 14th - 20th October, we have put together this handy guide so you can plan your cocktail adventure around the city and to answer any questions you might have.


Still need a wristband? Click the yellow button below to order yours now!


How Does ECW Work?



Buy an ECW Wristband and enjoy £4 signature cocktails at over 70 of Edinburgh's finest bars.


Wristbands also get you free entry to the Cocktail Village at Festival Square, where you will can enjoy £4 cocktails from 19 pop-up bars plus live music, street food, masterclasses, DJs and entertainment. 


Wristbands also get you free entry to the Rooftop Garden with Cocktail Domes at The Glasshouse Hotel, where you can enjoy £4 cocktails while taking in views of Edinburgh's stunning skyline. Reservations are essential to guarantee exclusive use of a Cocktail Dome for you and your friends, but we also have a number of free-to-enter domes available for walk-ins on a first-come basis. You can enjoy drinks in the garden area and hotel bar while you wait for seats to become available. 


And the fun doesn't stop there! With a wristband, you also have access to our week-long programme of unique events & experiences happening across the city!


What's not to love! Click below to order your wristband.


Collecting Your Wristbands



You can collect wristbands from the Cocktail Village at Festival Square (opposite the Usher Hall) on Lothian Road, Monday 14th - Sunday 20th October.

Open Hours are:
Monday 14th Oct, 12pm - 11pm 
Tuesday 15th Oct, 12pm - 11pm
Wednesday 16th Oct, 12pm - 11pm 
Thursday 17th Oct, 12pm - 11pm 
Friday 18th Oct, 12pm - 11pm 
Saturday 19th Oct, 12pm - 11pm 
Sunday 20th Oct, 12pm - 8pm


Please bring a printed or digital copy of your Eventbrite tickets with you and we will exchange these for your wristbands along with a free copy of the ECW Guide.


Wristbands are available to buy on the day, subject to availability. Weekday wristbands sold out last year, so we recommend booking online in advance to avoid disappointment. 

The Cocktail Village & Forest at Festival Square



Entry to the Cocktail Village at Festival Square is free with an Edinburgh Cocktail Week wristband.

Inside you'll find 19 individually themed pop-up bars serving £4 cocktails including Belvedere Vodka, Johnnie Walker, Poco Prosecco, Edinburgh Gin, Grey Goose Vodka, The Pop Up Geeks, Highland Park Whisky, Absolut Vodka, Pickering's Gin, Pilot Beer and many more! Click here to see the line up


The Cocktail Village is beautifully decorated in the style of an Autumn Garden, in partnership with Dobbies Garden Centres, to make you feel like you are at an outdoor festival, while being in the comfort of an enclosed marquee.


This year we have expanded the size of the Cocktail Village to accommodate a new indoor Forest themed area with wigwams, trees, giant toadstool, log seating and mythical forest creatures, along with a new outdoor street food area covered with a stretch tent and heaters to create a cosy hangout zone to enjoy food and cocktails.

There will also be live music and DJs, as well as a programme of spontaneous cabaret, showcases and drag acts from Brewhemia, in partnership with Edinburgh Gin. 


Rooftop Cocktail Domes at The Glasshouse Hotel



An exciting addition to this year's Edinburgh Cocktail Week are the Cocktail Domes on the rooftop garden of The Glasshouse Hotel.

This is the first time these fully transparent domes will appear in Edinburgh, offering you an exclusive opportunity to take-in views of the city's iconic skyline while snapping Instagram-worthy pictures and sipping on £4 cocktails from Tanqueray No.Ten Gin, Johnnie Walker Whisky, Ketel One Vodka, Casamigos Tequila and Belsazar Vermouth.

Each dome comfortably seats 8 people and will be styled with sofas, cushions, blankets and fairy lights to create a super-cute and cosy setting for you and your friends to socialise and relax in.

Entry to the rooftop garden is free with an Edinburgh Cocktail Week wristband but reservations are essential to secure exclusive use of a dome for you and your party (two-hour reservation slots). 


If reservations have sold out for the day you wish to attend, please note that there are a number of free-to-enter domes available for walk-ins offered on a first-come basis, so please do still come along to the rooftop. You can enjoy drinks in the garden area & hotel bar while waiting for seats to become available.


 £4 Cocktails at Over 70 Bars



With an ECW wristband you can enjoy £4 signature cocktails at over 70 of Edinburgh's finest cocktails bars. 


We've got all your favourites taking part like Tigerlily, Harvey Nichols, The Refinery and Copper Blossom, plus lots of new bars including The Barologist, 99 Hanover Street, The Garden, Cold Town House, Cask Smugglers, Damm 27, Camera, and many more!


This year we are proud to introduce non-alcoholic cocktails to Edinburgh Cocktail Week in partnership with Seedlip. 


 Events & Experiences



Between visiting bars and pop-up spaces, you can also hop between our programme of events & experiences happening across the city.


Highlights include a Classic Movie & Cocktails Night at the Scotsman Picturehouse (screening La La Land), bespoke tours of the newly opened Holyrood Distillery, Morning Yoga overlooking Edinburgh Castle with Seedlip, an evening of cocktails aboard the stunning Fingal in Leith docks, an Edinburgh Gin Brunch Extravagaaaaanza at Brewhemia, masterclasses with Beefeater and Eden Mill, and a Highland Park Rooftop Winter Terrace at Cold Town House. 


Cocktail Afternoon Tea at The Waldorf Hotel



This year we have collaborated with the iconic 5-star Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian to create a special cocktail themed Afternoon Tea for Edinburgh Cocktail Week.

Wristband-holders can take advantage of this special offer and enjoy a Cocktail Afternoon Tea for £29.50 per person (normally £57) in the stunning surroundings of the hotel's Peacock Alley, just a short walk from the Cocktail Village.


Each Afternoon Tea includes two cocktails and a selection of savoury finger sandwiches, homemade scones, decadent treats and over thirty fine loose leaf teas and herbal infusions to choose from. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menus are available on request.

Maps & The ECW Guide



We have added maps to this year's ECW Guide to help you navigate around all the bars, pop-ups and events across the city. 


You can view the maps and ECW Guide online now by clicking here. You will also receive a free copy of the guide when collecting your wristbands. 


Click Here to See the Maps and ECW Guide

Looking Somewhere to Stay? 



Fall into a dreamy bed after a day of sipping, sampling and socialising around Edinburgh with this fantastic offer from Apex Hotels in Edinburgh- our official Hotel Partner. 

Enjoy 10% off a stay at any of their four city centre hotels (two are located at the Grassmarket, one at Waterloo Place and one at Haymarket) and make the most of your time at Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2019.


Frequently Asked Questions



If you have any questions, please visit the FAQs page on our website or email us on hello@edinburghcocktailweek.co.uk




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