Earlier this week, I posted a round-up of the best pop-up bars in Edinburgh, thinking I’d ticked off most of them. In the couple of days that followed though, I discovered a whole lot more tucked in every nook and cranny that the city can possibly spare. So without further ado, here’s part two of my Edinburgh festival pop-up bars round-up
A Club at the Merchants’ Hall
The boys from Arbikie are getting involved in the festival in a big way this year, with a pop-up venue featuring live music, great food and, erm, table service (I think they mean it’ll be a cabaret-style seating). There’s a full programme of artists ready to perform, all washed down with Arbikie’s signature potato vodka, chill vodka and Kirsty’s Gin.
Another festival newbie, Diageo will be popping up with a #LoveScotch experience, to engage festival goers in the craft of Scotch whisky. A self-guided Grain-to-Glass display will lead into the HopScotch bar, with fresh Loch Fyne Oysters also available. Throughout the festival, the company’s distillery managers, coopers, brands ambassadors and archivists will be heading for the capital to discuss their craft.
Tanqueray Secret Gin Garden @ 56 North
Returning for the third year, Tanqueray will be setting up at the rear of 56 North for the duration of the Edinburgh festivals, offering an oasis of calm during the madness of the Fringe. I’ll be honest, this is so secret that I’ve never actually managed to find it before, but hopefully that’ll change this year.
The Thinking Drinkers – Around the World in 80 drinks
So not technically a pop-up bar, but still a whole lot of fun, The Thinking Drinkers – Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland – promise to take their audiences on a euphoric, elbow-bending exploration, from hooch-laden Hindus to intrepid imbibing Arctic adventurers. And there are five free drinks included in the price of the ticket. I saw their show at last year’s Fringe and had a great time!
Holy Garage by Artisan Roast
And just when you think you’ve experienced everything the festival has to offer, up pops an absinth bar run by one of Edinburgh’s best coffee shops. I went here last year. I got VERY drunk. I had a great time. Be sure to get yourself along!