Cocktails in the City is back. Oh yes.

Rolling back into the burgh for the 6th year is the ever so popular Cocktails in City. Following stops in London, Liverpool and Manchester, it’s now the bar folk of Edinburgh’s time to shine.

It’s well known that Edinburgh’s mixologists have built up a well-earned reputation of being  cocktail connoisseurs and Cocktails in the City gives them a chance to show off their creativity. Held at the beautiful Hub venue on the Royal Mile, 16 Edinburgh bars will be going shoulder to shoulder with some big alcohol brands to bring drink collabs to pop up bars for our viewing and drinking pleasure. I’ve been the past two years and I always love the boutique feel and the innovative ways in which the drinks are made, displayed and served. I have to admit looking at the line-up there are several pop ups that are more known for their food then their drink – Gaucho & Hawkesmore I’m looking at you! But there are some seriously big Edinburgh heavy weights participating and I’m open to trying the drinks and being pleasantly surprised.

This year’s event is on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th  and you can still buy tickets (£12 which include a drink and entrance) here FYI It’s a cashless event and you purchase tokens for £6.50 to swap for cocktails.

So to entice you here’s a few of the bars I’m most looking forward to seeing!


Nauticus – Leith

WHAT’S IT CALLED?Against the Grain.                                                                                           WHAT’S IN IT?- 20ml Glenmorangie, 15ml Leith Sherry Oloroso, 20ml Escubac, 15ml simple syrup, 4 drops Tonka Bean Bitters, 50ml Soda. Garnish with mint and lemon.                                        WHERE CAN YOU FIND THEM? 142 Duke Street, Leith


These spirit savants come with an impressive family tree. Launched by the brains behind Hoot the Redeemer & Panda & Sons, they’ve drawn on Leith’s trading ­heritage in a big way. Inspired by the port’s role in the spice trade, the gin craze and the more recent whisky boom, Nauticus sourced almost 90 per cent of its menus from Scottish-made or Scottish-owned brands. So it make obvious sense for them to include Leith Sherry and Escubac (based in Edinburgh) in their cocktail!

Nightcap – The New Town

WHAT’S IT CALLED? THE CRIMSON                                                                                                                        WHATS IN IT? 35ml Woods Old Navy Rum, 125ml Coconut Milk, 65ml Pineapple Juice, 20ml Demerara Syrup, Pinch Salt                                                                                                                       WHERE CAN THEY BE FOUND 1-3 York Place


Last year when writing about Nightcap I said ‘it’s a darkened drinking den with little alcoves and snugs to hide away in with your ‘nightcap’. This is still accurate. These guys are bloody good at their cocktails. Enough said.  (That being said, last week I went in and the cocktails were £10! which means getting a drink here for £6.50 is practically a bargain)

The Old Town – The Pop Up Geeks

pop up geeks
WHAT’S IT CALLED? The Draught of the Living Dead                                                                                                                                 
WHAT’S IN IT? – 35ml Butterfly Pea infused Escubac, 10ml Cocchi Americano, 15ml Manzana Verde, 5ml Malic Acid                                
                                                                                                             WHERE ELSE CAN I FIND THEM? Physically – 27 East Market Street.



Famous for their blink and you’ll miss them (they change every three months) themed cocktail experiences are the Pop Up Geeks. Although the current set up in their East Market street lair is ‘Vault 131’ based on Fallout, they’re bringing back the extremely popular ‘Perilious Potions’ inspired by Harry Potter for Cocktails in the City only.

I do genuinely look forward to Cocktails in the City (hashtag for this year is #CITCEDIN btw) each year so I’m buzzing that it’s back. If you fancy reading a bit more about it, you can read my post from last year.

Let me know where you end up going on twitter @Edinbarblog or see what I’m up to on Instastories on Edinburghbars

Credit for these photos go to Cocktails in the City. I have been invited to attend Cocktails in the City but my thoughts are opinions are completely my own 🙂

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1 Comment

  1. Again, a very informative piece. Visiting edinburgh end of November. Can’t wait to trial out your venues. I will get the band – silly not to 😉


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