Your Guide to Edinburgh Cocktail Week

September 05, 2022 by Helena Lombard

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Edinburgh Cocktail Week is the biggest cocktail festival in the UK and you don’t want to miss out! Running from the 7th to 16th of October, the Edinburgh Cocktail Festival gives you 10 glorious days of non-stop cocktail action. You can take part in the festival the entire week with over 120 bars in Edinburgh on this year’s hit-list. And for the full experience, make sure you visit the Cocktail Village.  

The cocktail village

Friends having fun at festival

Like every year, the Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2022 will be home to a buzzing cocktail village. Situated in the city’s centre, it’s basically the social hub of the festival—and it’s where you want to be! Located at Festival Square, opposite Usher Hall on Lothian Road, the village will be open from 12pm – 11pm (closing at 8pm on Sundays).   

This year’s Edinburgh Cocktail Festival village will include 20 pop-up bars (serving £5 cocktails day and night) and a music stage featuring some epic headline acts and DJs. If that’s not enough to get you excited, hold on to your drink because there’s more! You can also attend a mixology masterclass, do some mind-blowing experiential tastings blow and munch down on delicious street food to soak up all that tipple.  

Not everyone has a lifestyle that allows for a 10-day festival (sigh) so there are various wristband and ticket options available. Be sure to check out the options below.  

Venues & bars

Front shot of bartender pouring a cocktail

Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2022 is supported by 120 bars across the capital of Scotland. What a time to live! You can check out the full line-up, here.  

In the Cocktail Village itself, you can expect 20 pop-up bars that will be shaking up exciting modern twists on classic cocktails and serving the old favourites we all love.  

Full line-up

Live music performance on stage

Catch some sensational headline acts at this year’s Edinburgh Cocktail Week. It’s going to be fire!  

  • Friday 7 October: Nathan Evans 
  • Saturday 8 October: High Fade 
  • Monday 10 October: Callum Beattie 
  • Tuesday 11 October: Lilly Ahlberg  
  • Wednesday 12 October: ABBA Gold Tribute Band 
  • Thursday 13 October: Calum Bowie 
  • Friday 14 October: High Fade 
  • Sunday 16 October: Saxingh, Sax & DJ Duo  

How to buy tickets

Ticket stubs

You can buy tickets (or wristbands) on the Edinburgh Cocktail Week website. The wristband will give you access to the cocktail village for the dates specified and is also valid at all participating bars around Edinburgh during the duration of the festival.  

This is what it’ll cost you: 

  • Weekend One (7 – 9 October): £9.35 
  • Weekday (10 – 13 October): £9.35 
  • Weekend Two (14 – 16 October): £9.35 
  • Ten Days (7 – 16 October): £27.00  

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