Return of the Pop-up

It’s that time of year again in Edinburgh, and we’re excited to announce this year’s Fringe Pop-up bar. The Blind Bear: a 1920’s speakeasy themed bar in partnership with Lindores Abbey Distillery, Minus33, and Thomas J. Walls.

The concept of the Blind Bear Bar is based on an itinerant entrepreneur called Thomas J. Walls, a budding optician who welcomes guests to marvel at the blind bear for 18 days only in August. He is secretly betting on the guests’ vision becoming slightly impaired with each drink and is hoping to sell them a pair of his finest frames to enhance their viewing experience of the spectacle.

During Prohibition, speakeasies would often sell tickets for an ‘animal show’ or event, which was accompanied with an alcoholic drink, as a pretext for selling alcohol. They were commonly known as a ‘Blind Pig’ or ‘Blind Tiger’, as these were often the attractions advertised. Our pop-up’s theme this year is an amalgamation of the bear mascot of Lindores Abbey Distillery, the illicit theme from the PeatReekers story and the medical angle from Minus33.

The pop-up bar is at Thomas J. Walls Coffee Shop at 35 Forrest Road. Doors will open at 8pm, after the coffee shop finishes daily business, and guests will be able to choose from an extensive range of optician-themed serves. Order a 20/20 and you’ll get a unique cocktail that includes all three spirits for the perfect summer serve. Or, order an Rx (the term used for a regular prescription) and pick from a list of recommended serves by each brand. The bar will run Tuesday – Saturday throughout the Edinburgh Festival, closing at 1am each evening.

Edinburgh comes alive in August and this is our opportunity to showcase PeatReekers on home soil. So, if you fancy a unique night out this August, join us at the Blind Bear so that you can also say #ISawTheBear.

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