The Edinburgh festivals are almost upon us, when world’s biggest arts festival sets up shop in the city I’m lucky enough to call home. As well as having over 3,000 shows to pick from, the festivals also mean the city is awash with a whole range of pop-up bars and drinking holes. And here’s your guide to the top Edinburgh festival pop-up bars:
Back for a second year, Scotland’s most famous blended whisky will be calling George Street home from 3-27 August, serving a range of whisky cocktails and other drinks. The venue will be showcasing a number of up and coming artists during its ‘Famous Friday’ slot, along with other musical performers from across the globe. This was one of my favourite venues last year, so be sure to pop by if you are in the city.
Dram & Smoke
Extending the reach of the festivals down into Leith, London-based Dram & Smoke is taking over the Biscuit Factory for the whole of August. Showcasing dishes that champion the best of Scottish produce, the four-course set-menu will be served along Naked Grouse whisky cocktails, wine, beer and great music. The menu looks fantastic, and for just £40, seems like great value for money.
Edinburgh Gin in St Andrew Square
Edinburgh’s very own gin will be calling St Andrew Square home again this summer, with the Gin Garden up and running since mid-July. Serving classic G&Ts alongside a range of gin-based cocktails, the distiller has also added pop-ups at Rutland Place Terrace and East Princes Street Gardens to its pop-up offering this year. And if you end up at some of the bars, be sure to give Edinburgh Cannonball Gin a try – it’ll blow you away!
Caorunn Artists’ Garden Event
Right next to St Andrew Square, Caorunn Gin is growing wildly in front of the former RBS headquarter on the corner of the square. The “vibrant sanctuary” will be filled with live art form a collection of Scottish artists, tasty street food and, of course, Caorunn Gin cocktails.
Gin on the Fringe
From the team that puts on the annual Whisky Stramash comes Gin on the Fringe. Held in the Stramash’s home of Surgeon’s Hall, each four hour session provides the opportunity to sample gin brands from right across Scotland and the rest of the world, along with the chance to chat to the people who make it.
Buffalo Trace @ Lucky Liquor
And finally, from 8-14 August, Buffalo Trace will be screening some of cinema’s most famous westerns, including The Magnificent Seven, Blazing Saddles and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Doors open at 6:30pm, when arrival cocktails will be served, with each movie starting at 8pm.