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Top 5 Edinburgh Fringe Pop Up Bars - 2018

We had the terribly tough job of going around and compiling a list of our favourite pop-up places to drink during the fringe this August. Tripadvisor isn't great for suggesting non-permanent venues, so we thought we'd create our own, slightly biased list. Having been busy running our own pop-up, it’s taken us a little longer than hoped to get around them all but we’ve managed to give you our top picks for you to enjoy in the closing week of this year’s festival.

In alphabetical order:

Cocktail Kitchen @ The Food + Flea Market

The Cocktail Kitchen based at The Food + Flea Market is just off the Royal Mile. Ideal if you don’t want to have to fight crowds to get a drink but still want to be close to the action.  Run by Solid Liquids, who have some of the most experienced bartenders in the city, you can expect some amazing, refreshing delicious cocktails served with style.  Just check out one of their top sellers below. Soak up the atmosphere as you suck up a Frozen Salted Caramel Pina Colada through a paper straw #savetheturtles. Live music, tasty cocktails, what is not to love!? Definitely one of our favourites.

Great for: Live music, saving the turtles and Instagram snappers.

 

Mr Sippy’s Taptails

Our friend, ‘Mr Sippy’ is causing quite the stir with his ‘tap’tails. Cocktails on draft is nothing new, but having served our Raspberry Ripple from a  keg during this year’s Juniper Festival I can assure you, getting them to taste good, let alone phenomenal is quite the art. Mr Sippy is a master of this art and because the drinks are on draft you won’t be waiting long for your drink to be served. Also based at The Food + Flea Market, you really are spoilt for choice at this venue. The market is operated by the team from the pitt so if you’ve been down to Pitt Street before you’ll know just how good a day out at their venues can be.

Great for: Quick drinks, Pitt Lovers, drivers (yes, they do alcohol free taptails too!) Taps aff to that!

 

R33KERS @ Rag and Bone Barbershop

Obviously, our list wouldn’t be complete without our own pop-up in the mix. Minus 33 have teamed up with Peatreekers whisky to create their own pop-up bar in a BARbershop this Fringe. Operational barbers by day, illicit drinks lab by night. Located in between the Pleasance and Waverly, it’s an excellent pre-show/ post-show nightcap venue. With cocktail names inspired by haircuts, come and sample over six cocktails and see just how a barbershop can be transformed into a bar each night.

Great for: Gin and Whisky fans, Speakeasy bar fanatics, nightcaps


Sips In the City @ Niddry Street

We love a good pun – and just like their puns, their drink selection is great too. A wide range of drinks and an entry that has more than just cocktails. Cider fans will love this spot. Just off the Cowgate, it is a relaxing space to enjoy a few drinks and serves as a fantastic pre-fringe meeting spot too. Watch the world go by as you listen to live music and indulge in the odd Jaeger bomb.

Great for: cider lovers, jaeger bombers, live music aficionados.



Tanqueray Gin Garden

Tucked away behind 56 North, a UK leading Gin Bar, is the Tanqueray Secret Gin Garden. Ideally situated for George Square, each year a vacant parking lot is transformed into an amazing gin garden. With slushy and regular cocktails complimented by a fantastic menu from the bar, you can spoil yourself with an array of cocktails and nibbles. Great atmosphere and managed by a top Edinburgh venue, you know you’ll get knowledgeable staff who know just what drink you’ll like the most….you can always pop inside if it’s raining and enjoy a Minus 33 as well…so there is that!

Great for: slushy fans, people fed up with long queues in George Square, going inside for some Minus 33s ;-P


Try them all out and let us know what you think. Likewise, if you find a hidden gem, let us know and we can add it to our to do list.

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Top Ten+ Bars For The Fringe Festival

Hello and welcome to our very biased list of venues you should check out during the festival here in Edinburgh over the month of August.  With so many great bars in Edinburgh, we thought we'd focus on a mixed selection of some of our favourites from across the city that stock our low calorie gin that's not a gin.

 

Every year droves of people descend on the city to bask in all things creative so why not try a spirit that has creativity at its heart? Better still; why not try it in an amazing venue while soaking up the electric atmosphere. The good news is that this August is set to be a scorcher so keep cool and quench that thirst at one of the following venues:

56 North
Our first ever customer and one of Edinburgh’s most prominent and established gin bars. They (James and his merry team of stunning helpers) were doing gin ‘before it was cool’ and are situated right next to George Square, the main hub of the festival, why not pop in and get them to serve you a Minus 33, elderflower tonic with some hibiscus petals. This year they have partnered up with Tanqueray to create the fantastic Secret Gin Garden. They also have a fantastic terrace up front so if the sun is out, get be sure to get the Minus 33’s out!

Paradise Palms
The atmosphere here is electric. If you are looking for a great venue, where you can dance to the early hours of the morn look no further! Facing Bristo Square it is ideally situated for a post-show drink/rave. The venue is casual and the bar staff are phenomenally talented. A must visit for all you late night party animals. Try a Minus 33 with ginger ale and orange for something a bit more tangy and unusual.

One Square – The Sheraton
Situated just off Festival Square, if you are after a 5 Star experience, with great service, knowledgeable staff and comfortable armchairs, make sure you choose One Square.  Manager Alessandro, (aka Italian heartthrob) makes a delicious, refreshing Minus 33 Martini here, very dry, with a twist of lemon. Ciao.

Tigerlily

A popular one with the ladies. If you are looking for a glamourous night out and an excuse to wear your fanciest attire, head on down to Tigerlily. Perfect if you are looking to attend a show at the Assembly Rooms or in and around George Street. The bar team here, led by Andy can shake up any cocktail your heart desires.  Our recommendation – the new 33˚C cocktail. They never disappoint.

Juniper
Juniper, located inside the Royal British Hotel is the perfect pit stop after getting off a train to Waverly. The food is to die for and we have two features on their cocktail menu. The perfect serve and their foxy ‘Basil Brush’ cocktail which uses Blueberry infused Minus 33.  With wonderful views of the castle and the old town, treat all your senses with a trip to this fantastic venue.


Gin 71
Tea room by day, gin palace by night.  If you fancy a more relaxed drink, this table service only venue will ensure your inner gin princess/prince is pampered like the gin aristocracy you are.  A build your own menu, allows you to create a g&t just how you like it. Pick the tonic and garnish to go with your Minus 33 – we suggest a light tonic, and some orange and hibiscus.

Boozy Cow
Located in a snazzy venue below Frederick Street, Boozy Cow is a must visit after battling the crowds on Princes Street. They’ve got a great food menu and their staff can put together some great classics (using Minus 33 of course) which will have your mooing with delight.  

Jolly Botanist
Our favourite bar near Haymarket, the selection of gins here is fantastic and it’s a favourite among the locals.  It might take the most part of a year to get through their selection, but it’s well worth the time invested.

BBC
Run by Hickory Bars, situated in the beautiful surroundings of George Heriot's School, one of the older buildings in Edinburgh with one of the better views of the castle you’d do well to enjoy your cocktails rubbing shoulders with some familiar faces in this kid friendly venue.

The Royal Dick
Once the Small Animal Hospital of the Dick Vet School, this bar, is the centre point of Summerhall.  Great place to visit pre and post show and there is a distillery (not ours) in the grounds too.  So a lot to see and do, and more importantly, some great tasting drinks from some very experienced staff.

And finally the Pop Ups
Paolozzi at The Arches
Our history with Solid Liquids goes back to day one. Martin was instrumental in educating us on flavours and put us on our path to creating Minus 33. Their Pop Up Cocktail Kitchen, famous for their work at Pitt Street and weddings across the country is serving up a delicious Minus 33 Rose Lemonade.

Harry’s Bar Pop Up @ Impact Festival Gardens
If you've been to their west end venue you'll know that this social enterprise bar means you can drink well while you do good. They’ve set a pop up in the shadows of the castle, in a cemetery of all places! Just opposite the Waldorf at the bottom of Lothian road, it’s a new venue but it’s sure to be lively.

And that concludes our list. Unfortunately, we couldn't include all our stockists, but there are some fantastic bars in this beautiful city so wherever you end up, we doubt you'll be disappointed. Make sure to snap your tipples and use #minus33 so we can show you some love back. And if you see our mad scientist founder floundering around the venues make sure he gets you a round in.

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